The new versions will arrive later this year.
The next one in the pipeline should be the M5.
BMW has added two new variants to its mid-size offering. For several months now, the electric 5 Series has been sold in North America in its most “electrifying” form, the M60 xDrive.
But as of this morning, BMW is now offering two new versions of the sedan, the i5 xDrive40 and the 550e xDrive, in plug-in hybrid form. It should be pointed out, however, that these two new electrified models belong to the 2025 model year. The i5 xDrive40 will arrive earlier, with production starting in March, while that of the 550e xDrive will begin in June.
On board the i5 xDrive40, the 84.3 kWh battery works in concert with a pair of motors that deliver a combined 389 hp and 435 ft-lb of torque. The presence of these two motors guarantees the sedan’s an all-wheel drive system. And this more “accessible” variant retains its performance potential, with a 0-100 km/h time of 5.4 seconds and a top speed of 210 km/h.
BMW claims an estimated range of 428 km and a recharging time from 10% to 80% in just 30 minutes, provided the charging station can deliver the precious energy at a rate of up to 205 kW.
The other variant of the 5, the 550e xDrive, swaps its large battery for a much smaller 19 kWh unit and its pair of electric motors for a combustion engine, an in-line 6-cylinder working with an electric motor, giving the sedan 483 hp and maximum torque of 516 ft-lb. This variant also features an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The PHEV 5 Series, which uses the same powertrain as the X5 xDrive50e, can accelerate to 100 km/h in 4.3 seconds, and can reach a top speed of 250 km/h. Maximum speed in purely electric mode is 140 km/h.
BMW Canada also complicates matters for the consumer seeking a mid-size luxury electrified sedan, since both new 5 Series variants will be marketed at the same price… or almost. The starting price of the i5 xDrive40 is $83,700, while that of the 550e xDrive is $84,200.