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This unit has the mandatory hybrid test vehicle warning stickers.
We are seeing a lot of the next-gen BMW 5 Series recently. The “Electric Test Vehicle” decals and lack of visible exhaust hint this one might be the EV that would go by the i5 moniker.
Regardless of the powertrain, all of the 5 Series development vehicles we are seeing share the same styling. Most notably, there’s a downward sloping nose and fairly small kidney grilles by the standards of other current BMWs. The headlights are fairly narrow in the corners of the vehicle’s face.
The entry into the scene of the new generation will allow the BMW 5 Series to elevate its commitment to electrification . The mechanical offering will consist of a selection of gasoline and diesel engines, with four and six cylinders, which will be characterized by their excellent balance between performance and efficiency. The light (MHEV) 48 volt hybrid technology will be present.
Those drivers who are prepared to enter the world of electric mobility without giving up the freedom offered by a combustion engine, will have three plug-in hybrid versions (PHEV) at their fingertips . They are the 520e, 530e and 545e versions. In addition, they will have a higher capacity battery to boast a superior 100% electric autonomy.
When will it hit the market? Current reports indicate that the debut is scheduled for the end of spring 2023. However, its commercialization will not start until the end of that year. Hence, it will land in dealerships as a 2024 model.
For the first time, our Erlkönigjäger succeeded in shooting down the BMW 5 Series at an early stage of development. The still heavily camouflaged model does not yet have the standard headlights and taillights, but shows its new shape despite the camouflage.
Compared to the G30, which has been on the market since 2017, the new 5 Series has a lower front. The controversial grill of the BMW M3 or the 4-series cannot be seen, instead a wide, but narrow kidney grille emerges. Overall, the model seems to be longer, the overhangs appear larger, especially at the front. The passenger cell is set back a little, the door handles with recessed grips are borrowed from the i4, the roof slopes gently towards the rear and opens into a trunk lid with a rear bumper. It seems that the conclusion is also more steep here than on the predecessor.
With the G60, BMW will be launching the new generation of the BMW 5 Series from autumn 2023. The model also gets an E version with up to 750 hp.
The rear windows show the Hofmeister kink characteristic of BMW. When it comes to the design of the lights, the BMW 5 Series is likely to use the iX. Overall, the model will increase in size, the length will reach or exceed just under five meters.
The models shot down by us are labeled “Electric Vehicle” and “Hybrid Test Vehicle”. No wonder, from 2023, BMW will place its series on the modified CLAR platform (Cluster Architecture II), which not only allows combustion engines with mild hybrids, but also plug-in hybrids and pure electric drives. Accordingly, the 5 Series will also be available later than the i5, analogous to the BMW 7 / i7 or 4 Series / i4.
The latter comes with 80 kWh batteries and offers up to 544 hp in the i4 M50. The BMW i7 also has different battery sizes of up to 120 kWh. The Top-i7 comes with a rear axle that houses two electric motors plus inverter plus power electronics and differential in one housing, another, weaker motor works on the front axle. The new eight-speed transmission from ZF provides power transmission for the plug-in and mild hybrids.
The standard 5 Series will break cover in 2023 when it will be joined by a virtually identical electric i5. Our money is on a 2024 release for the M5.
Plastic covers behind the camo wrap are largely gone, revealing some new details.
The last time we saw an i5 prototype was in May 2022, and it was believed a debut would come in 2023.
The new BMW 5 Series is about to be on sale. Recent spy photos show the automobile shedding its camouflage, giving us the clearest glimpse of the model yet. As a preview of what the luxury vehicle could look like when it makes its debut early in the next year, our updated, unauthorized rendering above peels back even more of the coverings.
The new 5 Series from BMW will be available with a range of powertrains, including all-electric. Although it will ride on the same CLAAR architecture as its gas-, diesel-, and hybrid-powered siblings, the i5 will appear remarkably similar to the others in the lineup.
With BMW designers adopting a conservative approach to the restyling, the 5 Series won’t seem drastically different from the current vehicle. A thin kidney grille and swept-back headlamps are present on the vehicle. An angular lower grille opening is situated between two thin intakes that are located on the bumper’s outer edges.
The rear end of the car is not shown in the rendering. However, it appears from the spy shots that the 5er will have distinctive taillights, maybe coupled broad dual-bar units. Even though the Hofmeister kink will endure, it will adopt flush door handles in line with BMW’s fashion. Each 5 Series version most likely has distinctive design elements that set it from from other trims in the lineup. Less aggressive than the fully-loaded M Sport vehicles,
Diesel engines are just one of the several powertrain options that the 5 Series will support. The plug-in hybrid system for the M5 is expected to provide 590 pound-feet (800 Newton-meters) of torque and 644 horsepower (480 kilowatts). The XM uses the same drivetrain and can produce up to 750 horsepower (559 kW).
However, the M560e, a new plug-in 5er that should produce between 550 and 600 horsepower, will make its debut before the M5 (410-447 kW). Although the I5’s battery and electric motor arrangement is still unknown, the company will probably offer a few options.
The electric i5 is anticipated to surface sometime next summer, with the new 5 Series making its premiere in early 2023.
The electric i5 is anticipated to surface next summer, with the new 5 Series making its premiere in early 2023. The plug-in hybrid system for the M5 is expected to provide 590 pound-feet (800 Newton-meters) of torque and 644 horsepower.
Full-electric BMW i5 spotted!