2024 BMW i5 launched in Malaysia – G60 5 Series EV debuts with eDrive40 variant, 340 hp, 582 km; RM420k

2024 BMW i5 launched in Malaysia – G60 5 Series EV debuts with eDrive40 variant, 340 hp, 582 km; RM420k

The BMW i5 is now officially launched in Malaysia. The full EV kicks off the rollout of the G60 5 Series generation that will also include mild hybrid internal combustion engines and plug-in hybrids – these will probably surface here next year. The car that was just unveiled at PACE 2023 is the i5 eDrive40, one of two globally available BEV G60s; the other being the i5 M60 xDrive that will come later.

The CBU imported i5 eDrive40 M Sport is going for RM419,800 on-the-road without insurance. The RRP includes a five-year unlimited mileage warranty with free scheduled service programme, an eight-year or 160,000 km battery warranty and roadside assistance. Without the optional extended warranty package, it starts at RM399,500. Monthly instalments with the Easy Drive Financing Plan is as low as RM4,677. 

The BMW i5 is at PACE this weekend at the Setia City Convention Centre – come and check it out.

The i5 eDrive40 is powered by a single rear-mounted motor with 313 PS and 400 Nm of torque. With My Mode Sport and Sport Boost/Launch Control function engaged, it’s 340 PS/430 Nm max, and 0-100 km/h is done in 6.0 seconds flat. Top speed is 193 km/h and you can choose from a range of Iconic Sounds crafted by famed composer Hans Zimmer.

2024 BMW i5 launched in Malaysia – G60 5 Series EV debuts with eDrive40 variant, 340 hp, 582 km; RM420k

With an 83.9 kWh battery in the floor pan, the base i5’s WLTP range is up to 582 km. If you’re running out of charge, the new Max Range function increases range by up to 25% by limiting power, speed (90 km/h) and deactivating comfort functions. Charging via an AC wallbox at 11 kW will take eight hours and 15 minutes from 0-100%, while DC fast charging (max rate 205 kW) from 10-80% SOC takes 34 minutes.

As this is the first of a new generation of 5 Series, let’s talk about the G60. Unlike Mercedes-Benz’s separate, parallel range of electric cars (EQS and S-Class are completely different cars for instance), Munich is incorporating BEVs into their regular range as a powertrain option – this means that the i5 can simply be described as a 5 Series that runs on electric.

As we found out driving the i5 in September, it being ‘just a 5 Series’ is a fantastic thing. This is an EV that’s satisfying to drive, with a ‘just right’ feeling to the controls and comfort/dynamics that you’d expect in a new 5 Series. Throw in the latest tech and a swanky, spacious interior (closer to the 7 now) and you have a great all-rounder. Our full review here.

If the G60 looks substantial, it actually is, in all directions – the clearly three-box sedan is now over five metres long at 5,060 mm (+97 mm) and width is 1.9 metres (+32 mm), while overall height is up by 36 mm to 1,515 mm. The 2,995 wheelbase is longer by 20 mm. Boot space is a generous 490 litres – there’s no EV compromise as the i5 was part of the G60 plan from the start.

There’s no i7-style mega grille for one of BMW’s two core models, as they can’t afford to make the 5 polarising, but there are still elements to get used to with the G60. Compared to the more organic flow of the F10 and G30, the latest 5er eschews gentle curves and surfacing – this ‘reduced’ design language is best illustrated on the sides, where the doors panels are flat and handles flush.

The sides are relatively tall too, something the black-painted area between the wheels attempt to visually counter (the ‘hockey stick’ vent from the G30 is gone). There’s a ‘5’ logo at the tail-end of the daylight opening, but more obvious changes include the straight tail lamps that are not unlike an X5’s (no more ‘L’ shaped) and the bonnet valley in which the BMW logo sits. The distinctive ‘Iconic Glow’ outline of the kidney grille, i7-style, is present too.

2024 BMW i5 launched in Malaysia – G60 5 Series EV debuts with eDrive40 variant, 340 hp, 582 km; RM420k

Malaysia is of course getting the i5 eDrive40 in M Sport form, as we’re generally not really into the ‘luxury look’ for our premium cars. M Sport comes with sportier bumpers at both ends and plenty of gloss black trim. Want to know how the G60 looks in base, non-M Sport form? We have a full live gallery here. The wheels on our car are massive 21-inch BMW Individual aerodynamic 954 wheels in two-tone, with staggered tyres – it’s the same rim you see in official launch images.

As for the rest of the kit related to driving, notable items include adaptive LED headlights, Adaptive Suspension Pro and Integral Active Steering (four-wheel steering).

Inside, the i5, which runs on the latest BMW Operating System 8.5, is filled to the brim with kit. Taking full advantage of the tax-free window for CBU EVs, the i5 eDrive40 comes with a panoramic glass roof, an interior camera in the roof (for fun as well as security, can be viewed on the My BMW app), the BMW Curved Display that combines a 12.3-inch instrument panel with a 14.9-inch touchscreen display, and the beautiful BMW Interaction Bar.

The latter is a softly illuminated crystal-like trim that was first seen in the i7 limo. The colours change as they react to controls, and the M-style red and blue combo is really nice. Matching the fancy bar are polished glass crystal elements and ‘Aluminium Rhombicle’ trim.

Audio is courtesy of an 18-speaker, 655W Bowers & Wilkins Surround Sound System. This is the top of the line option for the model, higher than the Harman Kardon system that some would have expected. As for upholstery, BMW Malaysia chose Leather Merino in Black and Copper Brown instead of the non-cow Veganza leather that’s newly available for the G60.

Something new is Proactive Care, a new customer service system that is integrated into the i5. PC includes Condition Based Service (CBS), Accident Assistance (A-Call), Live Diagnosis and Digital Tyre Diagnosis. In the event that immediate servicing is required while on the road, the system will trigger an alert that will guide the driver to the nearest dealership.

BMW Max Performance Charging curve – click to enlarge

Finally, not mentioned in the press release but new to BMW’s EVs is Max Performance Charging. Not related to the maximum charging rate, MPC smoothens out the drop off in charging power (typical pattern shoots up to max upon plug-in before reducing gradually), which used to be stepped, like in the iX. Starting off at full charging power is also applicable at higher SOCs, and not just when near empty.

These characteristics help you to get more juice in, more quickly. The i5’s architecture is 400V, but with MPC, charging performance is ahead of 400V rivals and gets close to 800V levels, BMW says.

Finally, the colour options are Black Sapphire Metallic, Mineral White Metallic, Brooklyn Grey Metallic and Phytonic Blue Metallic. Once again, the duty-exempted BMW i5 eDrive40 is priced at RM419,800 on-the-road excluding insurance, with the full five-year warranty and service package.

It’s a lot of car for the money, and some car it is too – our full review of the G60 i5 here.

2024 BMW i5 eDrive40 M Sport spec sheet; click to enlarge

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Danny Tan

Danny Tan loves driving as much as he loves a certain herbal meat soup, and sweet engine music as much as drum beats. He has been in the auto industry since 2006, previously filling the pages of two motoring magazines before joining this website. Enjoys detailing the experience more than the technical details.

 

Comments

  • 0t0man on Nov 04, 2023 at 10:02 am

    Surprisingly good spec, only dumb thing is no M-sport brakes which is supposed to be standard with M-sport kit, hopefully they let you spec it

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  • stick on Nov 04, 2023 at 10:29 am

    fugliest 5 of all time, and what’s with the huge grille?

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    • Isaac on Nov 04, 2023 at 9:17 pm

      But looks better than ugliest and boring brand new E Class. Triangle tailights for E Class also highly unacceptable

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    • Dilmah on Nov 04, 2023 at 11:54 pm

      It is pointless by talking ugly about this car if you don’t experience this real car in proper way

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  • jslau83 on Nov 04, 2023 at 10:41 am

    Got give 360 camera for such a price?

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  • (Like) BMW i5 420k.
    (Dislike) Toyota Vellfire RM438,000

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    • Dugung X on May 15, 2024 at 1:45 am

      It’s fugly for a 5 series, but no where as fugly as a vellfire van.

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  • Evergreen on Nov 04, 2023 at 10:57 am

    For the RM30K price increase from the i4, I find that it’s worth buying the i5 than the i4 because the i5 has more tech gadgets than the i4.

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  • Nice

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  • Beauty

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  • seancorr on Nov 04, 2023 at 11:21 am

    That is indeed a lot of car for the money they are asking

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  • With all the tax exemption for EV, this CBU unit still manages to breach the 400k mark in selling price and not exceptionally great specs compare to overseas market will hv us think about the profit margin all these luxury brands are making.

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  • ROTI CANAI on Nov 04, 2023 at 11:55 am

    just kinda lucky the tesla model s isnt officially sold here otherwise this car no value langsung

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    • Matti on Nov 05, 2023 at 12:14 pm

      This thing stays together far longer than a Model S which starts falling apart from the day it leaves the showrooms. Also, despite this being ugly, the Model S is even uglier.

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  • Fresp on Nov 04, 2023 at 12:06 pm

    One of the future EV car that I looking forward to buy

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  • Peppa on Nov 04, 2023 at 12:47 pm

    I don’t like the design but it is worth the price in my opinion

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  • lolwut, what happened to EVs being duty-free? If this price is duty-free already, when the tax exemption ends, wouldn’t this be 500k+? What a dreary time we live in.

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    • read more on Nov 05, 2023 at 1:48 pm

      you know that the i5 is cbu it may be free from import duty but it still has a 10% sales tax and cbu car are tend to be more expensive then ckd.

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  • CalCheese on Nov 04, 2023 at 5:13 pm

    Good bargain

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  • Isaac on Nov 04, 2023 at 9:17 pm

    And looks better than ugliest and boring brand new E Class. Triangle tailights for E Class also highly unacceptable

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  • Romeo on Nov 04, 2023 at 9:24 pm

    Good looking car

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  • Dilmah on Nov 04, 2023 at 11:51 pm

    Went there just now. The i5 is bigger car and the design is sportier and built looks rock solid. One day will buy this

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  • Ranga on Nov 05, 2023 at 1:20 am

    Garang ni

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  • Bieight8 on Nov 05, 2023 at 11:33 am

    Sunroof is useless here…

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  • BMW’s design has really gone backward.

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