2024 BMW i5 Electric Sedan Set to Grace US Dealerships on October 28
Only a mere three months post-production commencement at the BMW Group's Dingolfing facility in Germany, the much-anticipated 2024 BMW i5 electric executive sedan is poised to debut at US dealerships.
Marking its global footprint, the battery-electric BMW 5 Series iteration, along with its Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) variants, is set to arrive in the US by October 28. This development positions the US among the first in the global market to receive the 2024 BMW i5. This comes right after the sedan's initial launch in South Korea and a slated customer delivery in Germany on October 21.
BMW reports an overwhelming response and "high customer demand" for the i5, even before its official sales rollout, though exact numbers remain under wraps.
The BMW i5 eDrive40, the base model, will be available at launch. This single-motor, rear-wheel-drive variant boasts an impressive 335 horsepower, with torque specifications at 295 lb-ft (or 317 lb-ft when utilizing the Sport Boost or Launch Control). This allows the sedan to clock zero to 60 mph in a mere 5.7 seconds, capping at an electronically set speed limit of 120 mph. Powering this beast is a high-voltage lithium-ion battery, boasting a usable capacity of 84.3 kWh, translating to an impressive driving range of approximately 295 miles. This model is priced starting at $67,795 (inclusive of $995 shipping).
For those seeking more power, the 2024 BMW i5 M60 is up for grabs. This variant, powered by a dual-motor AWD setup, delivers an awe-inspiring 593 hp and 586 lb-ft of torque – with a brief boost up to 605 lb-ft using the M Sport Boost or M Launch Control. The M60 dashes from zero to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds, with a top speed capped at 130 mph. This power-packed version begins at $85,095, inclusive of the $995 destination charge.
Last but not least, set to bridge the gap between the existing models, is in the pipeline for a 2024 release. German reports suggest it will be christened the i5 xDrive40, hinting at an AWD variant of the base model.
Moreover, for those who have a penchant for wagons, the BMW i5 will also see a Touring wagon iteration. However, it's tailored "specifically for the automotive markets in Europe as well as in Japan and Taiwan," as per BMW's official statement, casting doubt on its North American availability.
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