BMW Unleashes New 5 Series

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy

bmw unleashes new 5 series

Score one for the vanishingly few people who still prefer a sedan over an SUV (read: just about everyone working here). BMW has introduced a new 5 Series sedan, one which will be available either as a gasser or an EV when it goes on sale later this year.

First up are the 530i and 530i xDrive, powered by a 2.0L turbocharged four making 255 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft of torque. An 8-speed automatic is the sole transmission choice, regardless the number of driven wheels, and 60 mph should be yours in a hair under 6 seconds. Those of you seeking a slightly hotter gasoline-fed option will be pointed towards the 540i xDrive – until the inevitable M variants appear – which packs a 3.0L inline-six turbo good for 375 horses and a maximum of 398 lb.-ft of torque. Those are healthy increases (40 and 52, respectively) over the old cars.

Further up the food chain we find a pair of trims which start with the letter i, a vowel which BMW uses to denote its electric wares. Why not e, you ask? Such are the mysteries of Munich. Setting an opening bid for the all-electric fünf is the i5 eDrive40 with an electric motor on the rear wheels belting out 335 ponies and 295 lb.-ft of twist. Not enough? Then check out the i5 M60 xDrive which appends another motor to up front, creating all-wheel drive and 590 horsepower with a roughly like amount of torque.

The lithium-ion battery is the same across both the 40 and 60, with a usable energy content of 84.3 kWh and a maximum charging rate of 205 kW. The latter means it will be able to hoover up fresh electrons from suitably burly fast chargers to the tune of juicing itself from 10 – 80 percent in about half an hour. Interestingly, the more powerful i5 has a staggered tire setup, with 275s in the rear instead of 245s all around. Four-wheel steering is available.

You’ll have noticed the new styling by this time, and we’ll let you draw yer own conclusions. At least BMW restrained itself from any 4 Series or XM grille shenanigans here. In true German form, roughly eleventy billion pages of information is available about the new interior, though the upshot is it mimics much of what is now found in the 7 Series. Enormous curved displays are available, driving and parking active helper abound, ventilation registers are nearly invisible, and a variety of styling options ensure you don’t have the same interior as your neighbours. We’ll point your eyes to That Shifter and infotainment dial, as well.

In 2022, BMW sold 20,589 of the sedans in North America, a sum nearly twice the volume of the 2 Series and roughly a couple thousand units shy of the X4 and X6 combined. King of the Hill is, as you may expect, the X5 which found 82,372 homes on this continent in 2022, comprising nearly one-quarter of all BMWs sold in this neck of the woods last year.

Prices start at $57,900 for the four-banger, $64,900 for the six pot, and $66,800 for the EV. The global market launch of BMW’s new 5 Series will begin in October 2023.

[Images: BMW]

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  • Zerofoo Zerofoo 2 days ago

    I haven't admired the look of a BMW since the 90s.

  • Bobby D'Oppo Bobby D'Oppo 2 days ago

    The loss of the V8 is very sad but certainly no big surprise. The design is more generic than the last 5er but does make this model look more "current" than the 5 has since at least the F10's first year.

    It's great to see BMW continuing to experiment with different design languages and I believe this boxy "geometric" detailing they've been playing around with serves the 5 series particularly well. There's some design cues we've seen on other models and from other brands but it all blends into a surprisingly coherent package that seems more handsome every time it catches the eye. Overall, a very clean and well proportioned assemblage of coachwork that clears a lit path for more enhanced versions down the line.

  • Jeff S I don't believe gm will die but that it will continue to shrink in product and market share and it will probably be acquired by a foreign manufacturer. I doubt gm lacks funds as it did in 2008 and that they have more than enough cash at hand but gm will not expand as it did in the past and the emphasis is more on profitability and cutting costs to the bone. Making gm a more attractive takeover target and cut costs at the expense of more desirable and reliable products. At the time of Farago's article I was in favor of the Government bailout more to save jobs and suppliers but today I would not be in favor of the bailout. My opinions on gm have changed since 2008 and 2009 and now I really don't care if gm survives or not.
  • Kwik_Shift I was a GM fan boy until it ended in 2013 when I traded in my Avalanche to go over to Nissan.
  • Stuart de Baker I didn't bother to read this article. I'll wait until a definitive headline comes out, and I'll be surprised if Tesla actually produces the Cybertruck. It certainly looks impractical for both snowy and hot sunny weather.
  • Stuart de Baker This is very interesting information. I was in no danger of buying a Tesla. I love my '08 Civic (stick), and it feels just as responsive as when I bought it 11 years ago with 35k on the clock (now 151k), and barring mishaps, I plan to keep it for the next 25 years or so, which would put me into my mid-90s, assuming I live that long. On your information, I will avoid renting Teslas.
  • RHD The only people who would buy this would be those convinced by a website that they are great, and order one sight-unseen. They would have to have be completely out of touch with every form of media for the last year. There might actually be a few of these people, but not very many. They would also have to be completely ignorant of the Hyundai Excel. (Vinfast seems to make the original Excel look like a Camry in comparison.)