Like the thermal 5 Series, the i5 is available as a Touring station wagon. This electric car combines large trunk and good autonomy.
Do you have the impression that the new electric models are just SUVs? If no brand has resisted the crossover trend, some still remain faithful to old-fashioned silhouettes. BMW is one of them. The Bavarian firm is launching its first electric station wagon. This is the i5 Touring, and therefore the trendy version of the new 5 Series Touring.
This variation makes the i5 more practical, thanks to a more generous tailgate and trunk volume. This is 570 liters, compared to 490 liters for the i5 sedan. The tailgate is electric. Under the trunk floor, storage accommodates the charging cable. The bench seat folds in a 40/20/40 format, with the possibility of unlocking the backrest from the rear of the hold. The station wagon silhouette also makes it easier to access the seat. As for the driving position, we find the BMW Curved Display, which combines 12.3-inch instrumentation and a 14.9-inch screen. The i5 has the Interaction Bar as standard, an animated light strip.
The addition of the hold does not come at the expense of style, moreover BMW has not lengthened the model, avoiding the backpack effect. Like the sedan, the i5 station wagon stretches over 5.06 meters, which is already a very large size for the category (it is 10 cm more than the old 5 Series Touring). The look is rather sporty, with side glazing which reduces towards the rear, an inclined bezel and marked shoulders. The station wagon has different lights from those of the sedan, even if they keep the horizontal layout, very stretched towards the center.
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On a technical level, we logically find the same variants as on the sedan. In the basic version there is the eDrive 40 model with 250 kW, or 340 hp. At the top, there is the M60 xDrive version, with two units developing together up to 442 kW, or 601 hp. Using Launch Control, you go from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds.
We still have a battery with a net capacity of 81.2 kWh. Depending on equipment, the eDrive40 promises a combined cycle range of 489 to 560 km. For the M60, this ranges from 445 to 506 km. A function limiting power and deactivating comfort elements allows you to gain autonomy. For recharging, in alternating current, it is up to 22 kW (standard on the M60, optional on the 40 which is satisfied with 11 kW as standard). In direct current, the max is 205 kW. The model is compatible with the Plug&Charge function (the vehicle automatically authenticates at compatible public charging stations without having to use an application or charging card).
The prices are already known. The i5 Touring eDrive40 starts at €77,700. An M Sport version, with a more muscular body kit, costs €82,050. But the vehicle is launched with an M Sport Edition variant, which includes metallic paint and Drive Assist Plus active cruise control, for €81,000, a gift of €3,350. The M60 xDrive costs €109,000!
The car will be in dealerships in May.
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