German automaker BMW is expressing confidence in the potential success of the all-electric i5 version of its new 5-Series, projecting that it will capture half of all 5-Series sales in Europe. CarScoops recently conducted a test of the flagship i5 M60 xDrive in South Carolina, with positive feedback.
BMW's optimism extends to anticipating a 50-50 sales split with the internal combustion engine (ICE) model in Europe, and a projected 30% of global sales over the i5's life cycle, as communicated by a company spokesperson to Auto News.
Market-specific powertrain options differentiate the new BMW 5-Series and i5. In the United States, the ICE lineup begins with the 530i sDrive, featuring a 2.0-liter mild-hybrid turbocharged four-cylinder, rear-wheel drive, and 255 hp.
Priced at $57,900 plus a $995 destination and handling fee, this model is likely to attract similar consideration as the entry-level i5 eDrive40. Priced slightly higher at $66,800, the i5 eDrive40 boasts a single electric motor producing 335 hp, accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds with an estimated range of 270 to 295 miles.
The U.S. ICE range also includes the $64,900 540i xDrive with a 375 hp six-cylinder, and in the near future, a plug-in hybrid variant, the 550e xDrive, will be introduced. Priced at $73,800, the 550e xDrive combines a six-cylinder petrol engine, an electric motor, and a 19.4 kWh battery pack for a total output of 483 hp. For enthusiasts seeking higher performance, the i5 M60 xDrive, priced from $84,100, features an 82 kWh battery, 593 hp, and a 256-mile range.
As BMW positions itself for a significant market presence with the i5, the industry awaits the reception of this electric variant within the 5-Series lineup.