8th Gen BMW 5 Series Makes Global Debut Gets All Electric i5 Variant

German automaker BMW has just revealed the new 8th gen 5 Series sedan set to go on sale later this year. In addition, the G60 5 Series also debuts the all-electric i5 variant, which, for now, is being offered in two variants. The eDrive40 will offer up to 335 HP through a single rear axle electric motor, and the M60 xDrive will offer up to 590 HP through a dual-motor setup. Both EVs are expected to offer up to 310 miles of range on a full charge and will be available with a drive experience mode that can boost the car’s output and torque for a short period.

The new i5 will be distinguished from other 5 Series models by the drive-above experience mode, blue accents on the intakes, and aerodynamic wheel designs. In addition, the EVs will get a dedicated shift paddle on the left side of the steering wheel marked “Boost” that can be tapped to activate the car’s fully electric driving power and trigger maximum acceleration. The sound design will also change to sport, and the car’s steering feel will be reworked for a more dynamic experience.

Outside, the i5 will be differentiated from other 5 Series models by a different front grille and more angular headlights incorporating LED daytime running lights and turn signals. It will also feature flush door handles and a minimalist gear lever shared with the smaller i4 and 4 Series Gran Coupe models. The i5 will also receive a slightly restyled rear end with thinner taillights connected by an LED strip.

As for the rest of the 5 Series lineup, it will be offered with petrol, diesel, and plug-in hybrid powertrains. The petrol and diesel versions will continue to use BMW’s latest and more efficient four-cylinder inline-six and inline-four engines that are now boosted with 48V mild-hybrid tech.

In terms of pure EVs, the i5 will have a range of 310 miles on a single charge and can go from zero to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds. The i5 will also come equipped with an intelligent, active suspension system designed to provide 7-Series ride comfort and agility levels.

All in all, the i5 looks to be an excellent offering from BMW, and it will give customers another choice when it comes to an electric luxury sedan. However, it remains to be seen how competitive the i5 will be in this segment, where rival Mercedes-Benz recently unveiled the new E-Class, which competes directly with the BMW 5 Series. The new i5 is expected to sell in Europe in late 2019. It will be made available across the world gradually after that. Stay tuned for more updates on the all-new BMW i5.

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