The eighth-generation BMW 5 Series is nearly upon us, with the carmaker recently teasing its fully electric i5 variant and providing us with details on the mild and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) sedan.
Unfortunately the covers have been kept on the car ahead of its full reveal in “just a few months’ time” but we now know the model will be offered with in both petrol and diesel form with a 48V mild hybrid system. A PHEV will also be on offer along with the i5 EV which details are still being kept quiet on.
As for interior appointments, it was obvious that the next-generation model would inherit BMW’s curved display, which can be found in the new car along with version 8.5 of the brand’s operating system.
A fully electric performance variant is also on the cards with chairman Oliver Zipse announcing that the i5 sedan will be made into an M model.
“The all-electric BMW i4 M50 shows how BMW blends dynamic performance and electric mobility to perfection,” said Zipse.
“It was the best-selling BMW M model worldwide in 2022. A fully electric Performance model from BMW M GmbH will also be included in the new BMW 5 Series Sedan line-up.”
He didn’t stop with the announcements there, also confirming that a fully electric 5 Series wagon will also go into production from spring 2024 (our autumn).
“The BMW 5 Series Touring is very popular, particularly in Europe,” Zipse remarked.
“From spring 2024 it will also come in an all-electric version, giving us a truly unique selling point in this segment.”
The global launch of the eighth-generation BMW 5 Series will commence in October 2023.