The next generation of BMW’s 5 Series, including the first-ever electric i5, could be just a few months away from an official unveiling.
BMW Blog reports that the BMW 5 Series will debut online in 2024 before summer starts in Europe in June.
BMW has not yet announced an official unveiling date.
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Production for the G60 generation 5 Series is reportedly set to start in September this year, with first deliveries slated for early 2024.
The new generation 5 Series and its electric counterpart i5, both to be offered as a sedan and station wagon, have been spied on extensively.
It’s unclear if the Touring will be offered locally as the current car isn’t available for private buyers here.
BMW Blog reports that the 5 Series will include the turbocharged petrol four-cylinder 520i and 530i, a turbocharged diesel four-cylinder 520d and a turbocharged straight-six 540i.
If driving fully electric isn’t your thing, two plug-in hybrid options are expected to be available, one with a four-cylinder engine and the other with a six-cylinder engine.
The electric i5 will reportedly be offered with either single-engine rear-wheel drive or twin-engine all-wheel drive.
The single-engine i5 eDrive40 will reportedly produce 247 kW of power, while the twin-engine i5 M60 will produce 447 kW.
Finally, the M5, which is expected to be unveiled later, will get plug-in hybrid power and an available station wagon body style.
The PHEV powertrain is expected to be inherited from the recently unveiled XM SUV, which will consist of a 4.4-liter, 360kW/650Nm twin-turbo V8, a 145kW/280Nm electric motor and a 25 .7 kWh battery. The total output of the system is 480 kW of power and 800 Nm of torque.
The interior of the 5 Series is significantly upgraded with the introduction of BMW’s iDrive 8.5 infotainment technology.
The redesigned cabin will reportedly feature a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and 14.9-inch infotainment screen and, like other recent BMWs, will lose much of its physical switchboard.
The current generation of the BMW 5 Series has been on the market since 2016 and underwent a facelift in 2020.
Its archrival, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, will also be presented in a revised form in the course of 2023.
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