8th generation BMW 5 Series revealed with nearly 600 PS in i5 form
It’s finally here. After several teasers, spy shots, and leaks, the all-new 2024 BMW 5 Series has made its global debut. The 8th generation (codenamed G60) marks the sedan’s 51-year anniversary and is now available with an all-electric powertrain for the first time.
While some enthusiasts feared that the next-generation 5 Series will adopt the 7 Series’ split headlight design, BMW actually stuck to tradition in redesigning the all-new executive sedan. Its shape is all-new but features the brand’s athletic design which can be seen on the vehicle’s more aggressive front end and broader shoulder lines.
The Hoffmeister kink has been retained while the roofline features a more coupe-like finish which highlights the sedan’s sleeker looks. Meanwhile, the LED taillights at the back are eye-catching thanks to their thin wraparound design.
Size-wise, the all-new 5 Series is marginally bigger than its predecessor. While it may not be immediately obvious, BMW says the vehicle now measures 5060mm long, 1900mm wide, and 1515mm tall. This equates to an increase of 97mm in length, 32mm in width, and 36mm in height. In addition, the wheelbase has been stretched by 20mm resulting in 2995mm.
Hop inside and the 2024 5 Series features the brand’s new Live Cockpit Plus cabin. That means a 12.3-inch digital cluster for the driver and a 14.9-inch media display in the center. The infotainment system is powered by the latest iDrive 8.5 and promises to deliver a more intuitive user experience without having to through menu after menu to access a specific function.
For the first time in the history of the 5 Series, BMW says it will get a fully-vegan interior. The result is a leather-like material that is applied on the seat surfaces, steering wheel, dashboard, and door panels. However, traditional Merino leather upholstery will still be available for customers that prefer natural hide.
Other available onboard features in the all-new 5 Series include optimized networking with up to four 5G mobile antennas for increased mobile activity, advanced wireless integration of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, more intelligent driver aids, and 40:20:40 split-rear seats.
As mentioned earlier, the all-new 5 Series is now available with electric propulsion. Serving as the most powerful 5 Series (for now) is the i5 M60 xDrive. This all-wheel drive, dual-motor electric sedan pumps out a healthy 598 PS and a staggering 795 Nm of torque. It can sprint from 0 - 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 230 km/h.
Prefer something tamer? There’s also the i5 eDrive40 which only gets a single electric motor driving the rear wheels. It makes a respectable 340 PS with 400 Nm of torque and can go from 0 - 100 km/h in 6 seconds flat while top speed is limited to 193 km/h.
Both the M60 xDrive and eDrive40 get their juice from an 84.3 kWh lithium-ion battery mounted to the floor. With a DC fast-charging station, both EVs can be recharged from 10% to 80% in just 30 minutes. When it comes to range, the M60 xDrive can travel up to 516 km while the eDrive40 is estimated to cover up to 582 km.
Do you still prefer the 5 Series with internal combustion? Not to worry as BMW will offer upgraded turbocharged engines with 48V mild-hybrid tech, along with an 8-speed automatic gearbox. It starts with the 520i and 520d which put out 208 PS and 197 PS, respectively. Next is the more powerful 530i which generates 258 PS. At the top of the engine range (for now) will be the 540i which puts out 380 PS from a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline-six.
In the future, the powertrain offering will expand with two plug-in hybrids (PHEV), a new inline-six turbo-diesel, and another variant of the i5 EV.
Europe and North America are set to get their hands on the 2024 BMW 5 Series first. With that, it looks like we’ll have to wait for their arrival in the Philippines sometime next year. Do you like what you’re seeing with the all-new 5 Series? And will you get it with internal combustion or with electric power?