The latest news from BMW concerns the eighth generation of the 5 Series, which the automaker proudly announced will include an all-electric version. That’s a small watershed moment for BMW, as the 5’s EV, available in two trims, is an inaugural variant.
The 2024 5 Series are undeniably youthful in appearance; in keeping with the target age demo, BMW’s marketing team added gaming platform AirConsole to the series app suite. New exterior flourishes include the updated version of BMW’s signature grille, which can be optioned as illuminated if desired. Inside the cars, BMW’s curved display, which comes with new software and a QuickSelect touch system. A head-up display and BMW’s Gesture Control may be optioned.
BMW has positioned a fully electric 5 Series as a range-topper; its full name is the i5 M60 xDrive, and it features BMW’s Adaptive M Suspension Professional as standard; Active Roll Stabilization can be optioned as a component of the performance kit. Also standard on the i5 M60 are 20-inch M light alloy wheels. Horsepower and pound-feet of torque are rated at 590 and 586, with overboost pushing both to 605. The 2024 i5 M60 xDrive can accelerate from 0-62 in 3.8 seconds, and travel 256 miles on a full charge. The 5 Series can be ordered with Merino leather, though artificial “leather” is also on offer.
The 2024 i5’s gas-powered siblings include the 530i, which comes with a mild-hybrid powertrain built around a 2.0L four-cylinder engine that delivers 255 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque on its own. The 2024 530i can launch to 62 in 6.1 seconds. A plug-in hybrid is also on the way.
Pricing for the 2024 BMW 5 Series begins at $58,895. The i5 M60 xDrive is tagged at $85,095.