17.9.2021BMW i5 to enter market in 2023
A new media report in Germany provides some interesting information on the all-electric version of BMW’s 5 Series. The BMW i5 is to be presented in 2023 and will also have an M variant. Its main rivals are said to be the Mercedes EQE and the Audi A6 e-tron.
The German website Focus Online claims that the i5 model will be based on BMW’s “fifth generation” e-drive technology, which is the same family of drive type used in the iX3 or the two new i4 and iX models.
According to the report, the i5 will no longer be based on the current generation of the 5 Series with the internal designation G30, but on the new generation G60, which is to be presented in autumn 2023 – as a combustion engine and as an electric saloon. This is made possible by the German family-owned carmaker’s CLAR platform, which already enables the i4 to run parallel to the combustion engine variants of the 4 Series, including the 4 Series Gran Coupé. The i4 shares most of the bodywork with the latter.
According to Focus Online, the interior of the i5 will be based on the iX and i4. With the curved display and the centre console with touch-sensitive keypads instead of physical buttons, the cockpit is supposed to be more purist than in the current 5 Series – but probably not quite as avant-garde as the iX.
BMW’s battery kit is designed for prismatic cells, but modules can accommodate cells of different sizes and with different cell chemistries. It is difficult to make a guess as to which battery BMW will fit in the i5 – or more specifically, which i5 variant will get what battery type.
When the i5 is presented at the end of 2023 - presumably coming onto the market in 2024 - it will compete against the Mercedes EQE and the Audi A6 e-tron.
Audi revealed a near-production study of the latter this April and, in this case, the presentation of the production version is planned for the end of 2022, with market launch in 2023. Despite the model name A6, the A6 e-tron will have nothing in common with the familiar combustion engine series as it is based on the purely electric PPE platform. The EQE, the electric counterpart to the E-Class, also relies on a BEV platform.