BMW to offer all-electric performance and Touring versions of new 5 Series
16 March 2023
BMW’s upcoming eigth generation of the 5 Series will offer all-electric and plug-in hybrid variants as well efficient gasoline and diesel engines with 48V mild hybrid technology. At the BMW Group Annual Conference 2023, Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, announced further details of the new BMW 5 Series model range, indicating that the 5 Series Sedan would also be made available as an all-electric BMW M Performance model.
The all-electric BMW i4 M50 shows how BMW blends dynamic performance and electric mobility to perfection. It was the best-selling BMW M model worldwide in 2022. A fully electric Performance model from BMW M GmbH will also be included in the new BMW 5 Series Sedan line-up.—Oliver Zipse
Zipse revealed that a new variant would also be added to the familiar choice of engines for the new BMW 5 Series Touring.
The BMW 5 Series Touring is very popular, particularly in Europe. From spring 2024 it will also come in an all-electric version, giving us a truly unique selling point in this segment.—Oliver Zipse
The arrival of the BMW i5 Sedan in the premium executive segment, followed by the BMW i5 Touring in 2024, will see the BMW Group continue the systematic expansion of its all-electric offering.
The worldwide launch of the new BMW 5 Series Sedan will get underway in October 2023.
Over the course of 50 years and seven model generations, the 5 Series has established itself as the most successful business sedan in the world. More than ten million BMW 5 Series were produced from 1972 to early 2023.
The first generation of the BMW 5 Series Sedan arrived on the market in 1972. Its launch also marked the introduction of a new system of model designations that used a combination of three digits to denote the model series and engine variant.
The new BMW 5 Series Sedan will be built exclusively at BMW Group Plant Dingolfing. The facility in Lower Bavaria is the company’s largest manufacturing site in Europe. Production of the new BMW 5 Series will start in the same year the plant marks 50 years of manufacturing BMW models. The brand’s cars have been rolling off the production lines in Dingolfing since 1973, with its current portfolio including the BMW 7 Series and 8 Series luxury models and the all-electric BMW iX.
BMW Group Plant Dingolfing is also home to the company’s competence center for electric drive system production; tasks include manufacturing both the electric motors and the high-voltage batteries for the BMW i5 directly on site.