5 things to know about the new BMW 5 Series, including the first-gen all-electric i5


The BMW 5 Series is one of the most popular luxury sedans in the world. Now in its eighth generation, this mid-sized fan favourite is solidifying its spot as the leader of the pack. There are several things to know about the 2024 BMW 5 Series, including the arrival of the i5, the first-ever all-electric version of the famed car, which we’ll share in more detail below. 

“The BMW 5 Series continues to stand for advanced technology combined with sporty, elegant design, and the performance and comfort only a BMW can deliver,” explains the BMW HQ.

Read on to learn about five updates to the all-new 5 Series.

The 2024 5 Series brings with it the first-ever all-electric i5

BMW continues to lead the pack, particularly in reducing emissions, and for the first time ever, the iconic 5 Series is available fully-electric. The architecture has been designed in such a way that there will also be an internal combustion engine with 48-volt mild hybrid technology, as well as a plug-in hybrid system. The style of engine is truly up to the driver’s wants and needs.

BMW i5 M60 xDrive is extremely powerful with 590 hp

The BMW i5 M60 xDrive combines a 590 hp electric drivetrain with two drive units, one located on the front and the other at the rear. The rear wheels generate a max power output of 335 hp and 257 hp on the front with total torque of 605 lb-ft with the M Sport Boost or the M Launch Control engaged. This means the machine can go from zero to 100 km/h in just 3.8 seconds with a maximum speed electronically limited 230 km/h (when it’s dressed in performance tires).

Highway Assistant allows hands-free driving at up to 130 km/h

Driver assistant technology has been smartly integrated into the new 5 Series lineup. There are a number of features that are seamlessly integrated and enhance both the driving experience as well as overall safety. One of the more popular new additions is the attentive hands-free driving option, which allows drivers to let the machine do the work, up to an impressive 130 km/h.

World-first Active Lane Change with eye activation

BMW is drawing attention to the 5 Series with other unique technological advancements, like the active lane change, which relies on the driver’s eye movements. This new automated driving function is a world-first. Essentially, the car will suggest a lane change and the driver is given the option to confirm the action by moving their eyes to look in the corresponding outside rearview mirror. (Previously, this confirmation required the turn signal to be activated.)

The body has grown in both length and width 

If you think photos of the new 5 Series body look more dynamic and sporty, you’re right. It’s both longer and wider than before, having grown 86 mm to reach 5060 mm in length. The width has increased, too, by 33 mm to 1900 mm, as well as height by 35 mm to 1515 mm. The wheelbase has also been boosted and increased by 20 mm to 2995 mm, making the interior cabin more spacious.


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