BMW is introducing an electric 5 Series sedan with nearly 300 miles of range

BMW brings electrification to the 5 Series. The German company announced this week that the eighth-generation sedan that fits between the 3 Series and 7 Series will come as an electric version, the i5, as well as a refreshed gas equivalent.

Just as it did with the 4 Series and 7 Series, BMW is taking its gas-powered models and releasing electric variants built on the same platform.

The electric 5 Series comes in two trim levels: the i5 eDrive40, with rear-wheel drive, 335 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque; and the sporty i5 M60 xDrive, with all-wheel drive, 601 horsepower and 605 pound-feet of torque.

The eDrive40 version will jump from 0-60 mph in six seconds, while the M60 trim will close the gap in just 3.8 seconds. Both versions are electronically limited to 120 mph.

An 81.2 kWh battery pack will power the i5 for up to 516 km (320 miles) of range based on the less conservative WLTP standard. And for charging, BMW is teaming up with Volkswagen’s Electrify America to offer two years of unlimited fast charging in up to 30 minutes. The i5 can accept up to 205kW fast charging, which can take the battery from 10 to 80 percent in about 30 minutes.

Just like it did with the 4 and 7 Series, BMW is taking its gas-powered models and releasing electric variants built on the same platform

The electric 5 Series will be one of the first to feature BMW’s new hands-free highway driving capabilities. The car can also suggest a lane change, which the driver can confirm just by looking in the side mirror.

BMW has redesigned its 5 Series infotainment system to include in-car games for the first time. A variety of games are available while the vehicle is parked, which will help pass the time while you’re charging, for example. Video streaming will also be available for parked cars.

The trademark kidney grille is slightly more toned down compared to the toothsome i7 and iX, but is still unashamedly in your face. The grille has become something of a polarizing design choice, especially in the EV era where airflow is less of a concern, but BMW isn’t backing away from this signature style.

Overall, the i5 is slightly more conservative in design and technology than the more opulent i7. I mean, how do you top a 31-inch, 8K pull-down movie screen for rear seat passengers?

But at a starting price of $67,795, the i5 is still definitely a premium vehicle. It won’t qualify for the Inflation Reduction Act tax credits, which limit eligible prices to $55,000. Neither will the more powerful (and more expensive) M5 version of the i5, which starts at $85,095.

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