The all-electric BMW i5 Saloon will be launched in October 2023, with the BMW i5 Touring to follow in 2024.
And here’s a question: What was the best-selling BMW M model in 2022? Answer: The BMW i4. Yes, an electric M model was the best-seller, not a petrol model. So based on this it’s no surprise that BMW will also be launching an all-electric BMW i5 M Performance model.
The BMW i4 is available with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, and this is likely to be the case with the i5. There will also be petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid variants of the new model.
The new 5 Series will be built at BMW Group Plant Dingolfing. Home to the company’s competence centre for electric drive system production, the plant will also manufacture the electric motors and the high voltage batteries for the BMW i5.
The first BMW 5 Series appeared in 1972; during the 50 years in which it’s been on sale there have been seven model generations, and more than ten million 5 Series have been produced. The launch of the 5 Series also marked the introduction of a new system of model designations that used a combination of three digits to denote the model series and engine variant.