After the i4 and electric SUVs, the next electric BMW to be added to the Bavarian range will be the i5 this year – as the EV alternative to the new 5 Series. This official confirmation came from the Munich-based company’s sales director, Peter Nota, who stated that “with the launch of the BMW i5 later this year, we are taking another important step towards the electrification of our model range”.
We remind you that also in 2023 the new generation of the BMW 5 Series will be presented. Consequently, as is the case with the X1/iX1, as well as the 4 Series Gran Coupe / i4, so now we will also have the 5 Series / i5 duo for the coexistence of the thermal and the electric model of the same category.
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The thermal, of course, will have alternative options of gasoline, diesel, or plug-in hybrid, while after the BMW i5 it is believed that the new generation of the M5 will follow – which will be a plug-in hybrid. According to the information, its twin-turbo V8 engine together with the electric motor will produce 750 horsepower, as is the case with XM.
Back to the BMW i5 according to the UK’s Autocar, it will come in two versions: the “base” i5 eDrive40 which will have a 335bhp electric motor and rear-wheel drive only, and the i5 M50 with two 536bhp engines and all-wheel drive.
After the i5, BMW will move on to the next – third – phase of its electrification plan, which has at its core the new Neue Klasse electric car platform. This new platform will also bring the first purely electric BMW M, in 2025, and will help the company succeed in having electric cars in the vast majority of its sales by the end of the decade.
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