At the BMW Group’s Annual Conference it was announced that the BMW 5 Series Sedan will also be available as a fully electric performance model from BMW M GmbH +++ Launch will begin in October 2023 +++ BMW i5 Touring will arrive in spring 2024 as the only fully electric model in the Station Wagon segment.
Munich. In just a few months the eighth generation of the BMW 5 Series Sedan will make its debut. The new model is more dynamic and more comfortable than ever before and boasts a new interpretation of its characteristic elegant and sporty design, as well as the BMW Operating System 8.5 with BMW Curved Display, innovative digital services and, for the first time, a purely electric drive system in the BMW i5 variant. Thanks to its flexible powertrain architecture, the new 5 Series Sedan can be offered in fully electric and plug-in hybrid variants, as well as powered by highly efficient petrol and diesel engines with 48V mild hybrid technology.
At the BMW Group 2023 Annual Conference, Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, announced further details on the model range of the new BMW 5 Series, indicating that the 5 Series Sedan will also be available as an all-electric BMW M Performance model. “The fully electric BMW i4 M50* demonstrates how it manages to combine high performance and electric mobility to perfection,” said Zipse. “It was the best-selling BMW M model worldwide in 2022. An all-electric Performance model from BMW M GmbH will also be included in the line-up of the new 5 Series Sedan.”
Zipse revealed that a new variant will be added to the already wide choice of engines in the new 5 Series Touring. “The 5 Series Touring is very popular, especially in Europe,” he noted. “From spring 2024 it will also be available as a fully electric version, offering a truly unique product in this segment.” With the arrival of the BMW i5 Sedan in the premium executive segment, followed by the BMW i5 Touring in 2024, the BMW Group will continue to expand its all-electric offering. The BMW Group already has fully electric vehicles in most of the market segments it serves under the BMW, BMW Motorrad, MINI and Rolls-Royce brands. Customers can choose from an unrivalled variety of models offering premium mobility with zero local emissions, ranging from small and compact segments to mid-size models and the luxury class. The worldwide launch of the new BMW 5 Series Sedan will begin in October 2023. 50 years of BMW 5 Series success in 2022. 50 years of production at the BMW Group’s Dingolfing plant in 2023.
More than ten million BMW 5 Series cars produced
Its harmonious balance of sporty driving pleasure and long-distance comfort has made the BMW 5 Series Sedan a worldwide success. Over the course of 50 years and seven model generations, the 5 Series has established itself as the world’s most successful business sedan thanks to this distinctive characteristic rooted at the heart of the brand. More than ten million BMW 5 Series were produced from 1972 to early 2023. The first generation of the BMW 5 Series Sedan hit the market in 1972. Its launch also marked the introduction of a new model designation system using a three-digit combination to indicate the model series and engine variant. One year on from the model’s 50th anniversary, the latest edition is set to take its place in the brand’s sedan portfolio, between the mid-size 3 Series and the luxurious 7 Series. The new BMW 5 Series Sedan will be built exclusively at the BMW Group plant in Dingolfing. The plant in Lower Bavaria is the company’s largest production site in Europe. Production of the new BMW 5 Series will begin in the same year that the plant marks 50 years of BMW model production. The brand’s cars have been rolling off the production lines in Dingolfing since 1973 and the current range includes the BMW 7 Series and 8 Series luxury models as well as the all-electric BMW iX. BMW Group Plant Dingolfing also houses the competence centre for the production of electric propulsion systems, which is responsible for the on-site production of both electric motors and high-voltage batteries for the BMW i5.
The BMW Group
With its four brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the BMW Group is the world’s leading manufacturer of premium cars and motorbikes and also offers premium mobility and financial services. The BMW Group comprises more than 30 production and assembly facilities worldwide and has a global sales network in more than 140 countries. In 2022, the BMW Group sold more than 2.4 million cars and over 202,000 motorbikes worldwide. Pre-tax profit in the financial year 2021 was EUR 16.1 billion with revenue of EUR 111.2 billion. As at 31 December 2021, the BMW Group had 118,909 employees. The success of the BMW Group has always been based on a long-term vision and responsible action. The company has set the course for the future at an early stage and consistently places sustainability and resource conservation at the heart of its strategic orientation, from the supply chain through production to the end-of-use phase of all products. BMW Group Italia has been present in our country for over 50 years and today boasts four companies employing 800 people. The Italian branch is one of the BMW Group’s six main markets worldwide for the sale of cars and motorbikes. bmw.it