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BMW is Making Final Adjustments to the i5

Testing for the BMW i5 is in the final stretch since the official launch is expected in the next few weeks.

  • The BMW i5 electric sedan will be launched in the coming weeks.

  • The automaker is currently finalizing the adjustments of the vehicle’s suspension and driver assistance systems.

  • Production will begin this summer in Germany, with the first deliveries planned in October.

BMW is now putting the finishing touches to the i5 electric sedan ahead of its official launch, which is expected to take place in the coming weeks.

According to the automaker, its engineers are now looking to refine the tuning of the car’s suspension systems and its driver assistance technologies.

The electric version of the new 5 series will feature a few innovations in both domains, with a new version of the company’s adaptive damping technology and a world-first in terms of semi-autonomous driving systems.

BMW i5 M60 xDrive | Photo: BMW

Starting with the suspension, the new BMW i5 will feature Adaptive Suspension Professional, BMW’s name for a suspension that reacts to road conditions via the use of electronically controlled dampers.

This system is piloted by a new version of BMW’s Vertical Dynamics Management that makes its debut in the i5 and 5 Series. This software analyses individual wheel speeds, steering angle, yaw rate, and acceleration to provide the ideal level of damping on each corner.

Compared to previous iterations of the system, the one found in the i5 doesn’t rely on mathematical models anymore, instead using real-time calculations based on the data it receives.

BMW i5 eDrive 40 | Photo: BMW

According to the manufacturer, this helps make for more competent handling and better comfort in every driving situation, blending the best attributes of the 3 Series and the 7 Series.

This technology will come standard in the high-performance i5 M60 xDrive and it will be available as an option on the standard i5 eDrive 40.

In terms of driver assistance, the i5 will feature the latest version of Highway Assistant, the most advanced semi-autonomous technology currently offered by BMW.

BMW i5 eDrive 40 | Photo: BMW

This system will control the i5’s speed and distance from other vehicles while also providing steering inputs to largely control the vehicle’s path provided that the driver keeps their hands on the steering wheel.

In order to make sure drivers remain focused on the road and alert to their surroundings while the system is active, an interior camera monitors their eye movements, among other parameters.

This is what makes the i5’s biggest innovation on the subject possible. Indeed, the electric sedan will be the first in the world to be able to perform an autonomous lane change following eye activation.

BMW i5 M60 xDrive | Photo: BMW

This means that while going down the road with the Highway Assistant active, drivers will be able to simply look into the side mirror to prompt the vehicle to change lanes on its own, without requiring any other action.

BMW says drivers who prefer to do so will still be able to initiate autonomous lane changes by using the turn signal lever, as is currently the case on some of its models.

Production of the 2024 BMW i5 will begin this summer at the automaker’s Dingolfing plant in Germany and the first deliveries should take place in October.

BMW i5 eDrive 40 | Photo: BMW
BMW i5 M60 xDrive | Photo: BMW
BMW i5 M60 xDrive | Photo: BMW

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