BMW is electrifying their all-new eighth generation 5 series. For the first time in this iconic sports sedan’s 51 year history, it will be available with either a gasoline engine, or an all-electric powertrain. The all-new 5 series will be launched globally this October. Since the first-generation was launched in 1972, more than ten million 5 series have been built.
Pricing for the 2024 BMW 530i xDrive starts at $70,500 in Canada and $60,200 in the United States. The all-electric 2024 BMW i5 M60 xDrive starts at $95,000 in Canada and $84,100 in the US. As with all previous generations, the 5 series is built in Germany at BMW’s largest European factory, Plant Dingolfing which is located south west of Munich.
The i5 M60 is powered by a 335 hp electric motor driving the rear wheels and a 257 hp motor for the front wheels. Maximum torque is rated at 605 lb-ft with M Sport Boost or M Launch Control. All of that power and instant torque runs through the 8-speed Steptronic transmission and can accelerate this 5,200 pound performance sedan from 0-100 km/h or 0-62 mph in just 3.8 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 230 km/h with performance tires and 210 km/h when equipped with all-season tires. It has an estimated range of 412 kms or 256 miles.
The BMW 530i xDrive is powered by a new generation turbocharged 2.0 litre inline 4-cylinder engine with 255 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. The 4,100 pound 530i xDrive can accelerate from 0-100 km/h or 0-62 mph in 6.1 seconds.
The new 5 series is 3.3 inches longer, 1.3 inches wider and 1.3 inches taller than the seventh generation model it replaces. The wheelbase has been stretched by three quarters of an inch to 118 inches. Exteriors paint colours include one solid colour, nine metallic paints, and three colours including Tanzanite Blue and two Frozen paint finishes.
The i5 M60 xDrive comes with 19 inch wheels with 245/45 R19 tires up front and 275/40 R19’s in the rear. 20 and 21 inch wheels are also available, some of which are aerodynamically designed to reduce weight and air resistance.
The new 5 series is available with two sunroof options. It can be ordered with the standard slid-and-tilt glass sunroof, or, for the first time in the 5 series, it can be ordered with a fixed panoramic glass sunroof, which is almost ninety percent larger than the slide-and-tilt sunroof.
The 5 series comes with BMW’s Curved Display which is more than two feet wide. The driver display is 12.3 inches wide and the center display measures 14.9 inches wide. To pass the time while parked and recharging, the driver and passenger can now play video games on the Curved Display.
Sport seats are standard but the new 5 series can be fitted with a leather-free interior. Leather-like, perforated Veganza is used on the seats, dashboard, door panels and steering wheel. Merino leather is available as an option.
The i5M60 comes with Adaptive M Suspension Professional which includes electronically controlled dampers. It also has Integral Active Steering which allows the rear wheels to turn up to 2.5 degrees in or out of phase with the front wheels to improve maneuverability at low speeds and increase stability at high speeds.
The optional Driving Assistance Professional Package includes Highway Assistant which allows for hands-free driving at speeds of up to 130 km/h or 80 mph. The package also includes Active Lane Change, which, for the first time ever, allows the driver to confirm a lane change simply by looking in the corresponding outside rear-view mirror.
Parking Assistant can take over steering, accelerating and braking when parallel or perpendicular parking. Reversing Assistant allows the car to drive up to 50 meters in reverse tracing the route it took when it drove forward into that position. The Remote 360 View allows the driver to see a full 360 degree live view of their car on their smartphone. BMW Drive Recorder, Anti-Theft Recorder, Maneuver Assistant, Parking View, Panorama View front and 3D View are also included in the Parking Assistant Professional package.
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