BMW 5 Series G60

  • 2024 BMW 5 Series G60 with M Performance Parts – live pics of carbon bodykit, 21′ cross-spoke wheels

    2024 BMW 5 Series G60 with M Performance Parts – live pics of carbon bodykit, 21′ cross-spoke wheels

    You’ve seen the G60 BMW 5 Series in the popular M Sport style (i5 eDrive40), as an M Performance car (i5 M60 xDrive) and even in the stately base form with some brightwork (530e). Now here’s the eighth-generation sedan in the most extreme look currently available – an i5 M60 with the full M Performance Parts catalogue, parked at the i5 launch event hotel.

    This i5 M60 xDrive in Frozen Pure Grey metallic wears an elaborate multi-piece carbon front lip, which are actually two separate items. The ones on the sides are sold separately from the two pieces directly under the lower grille.

    Not everything sporty you see here is from the M Performance Parts catalogue though. The gloss black nose ‘moustache’ comes with M Sport while the covered insides of the kidney grille – without vertical slats – is standard with the M60. The Shadowline ‘smoked’ headlamps isn’t on the MPP list but is a regular option.

    On the profile, the rather thick black strip between the wheels are on the standard car – they visually reduce the height of the doors, which are tall and flat on the G60. There’s a skirt attachment in carbon to match the front lip, and the wing mirror caps are also in CF. There’s a full-length accent strip in black, with the words M Performance at the rear, and an antenna cover in Aramid fibre.

    At the back, you’ll find a slim boot spoiler and diffuser inserts. Again, the lower bumper add-ons are spilt into the side pieces and a centre piece. These lower bumper parts are in Aramid fibre, as per the antenna cover, while the rest are CFRP.

    Of course, we can’t not talk about those wheels, which – if you notice – are different on each side to show off two potential looks. They’re actually the same set of 21-inch M Performance light alloys in cross-spoke 943M design, but those on the driver’s side are in black, while the passenger side rims are in ‘bicolor’. The elaborate design is more obvious in two-tone. The valve caps have the coveted ///M logo.

    2024 BMW 5 Series G60 with M Performance Parts – live pics of carbon bodykit, 21′ cross-spoke wheels

    We don’t have interior pics as the car was locked, but the M Performance Parts catalogue also has carbon door sill plates, velour floor mats with synthetic leather edging, a Nappa leather/Alcantara key fob cover and a carbon fuel cap. One can order M Performance brakes with ventilated and perforated discs as well as six-piston front and single-piston rear calipers, too.

    The i5 M60 xDrive is an M Performance model and the BEV range topper, since the upcoming M5 will have an ICE. With an extra motor on the front axle for AWD, total output for the M60 is 517 PS and 795 Nm, or 601 PS/820 Nm with My Mode Sport and M Sport Boost/M Launch Control engaged. With all virtual switches flicked, 0-100 km/h is dispatched in just 3.8 seconds. More in our G60 i5 review here.

    GALLERY: G60 BMW 5 Series M Performance Parts is Lisbon

    GALLERY: G60 BMW 5 Series M Performance Parts, official pics

     
     
  • 2024 BMW 530e PHEV – live pics of G60 plug-in hybrid, 100 km EV range, more power, the best of both worlds

    2024 BMW 530e PHEV – live pics of G60 plug-in hybrid, 100 km EV range, more power, the best of both worlds

    We’ve seen the first-ever fully-electric 5 Series in the new i5, but BMW is merely adding on an EV option to the G60 generation’s powertrain mix, which will continue to have plug-in hybrids, four- and six-cylinder petrol engines and even diesels. Everyone is avoiding talking about diesel like the plague these days, but oil burners have their place in a mile-munching business tool like the 5 Series.

    The EVs are impressive and we’re thankful to see the continuation of familiar badges like 520i, 530i and 540i (the latter is a six-cylinder turbo, all ICE now with 48V mild-hybrid tech), but it was the new ‘GEN5’ PHEVs that really caused me to sit up straight like a meerkat.

    Why so? The generational leap is huge! Compared to the outgoing G30 LCI plug-in hybrid, we’re looking at 75% higher electric output, 24% higher total output, 78% higher pure electric range, 39% higher total range and 27% more boot space. That’s some quantum, I’m sure you’ll agree.

    2024 BMW 530e PHEV – live pics of G60 plug-in hybrid, 100 km EV range, more power, the best of both worlds

    Two PHEVs have been announced and they are the 530e and 550e xDrive. Let’s focus on the former, which was available in Malaysia in G30 form and will surely be introduced here again, possibly next year. The G60 5 Series was designed to accommodate all powertrain options, which now includes an EV. The i5’s battery is in the sedan’s floorpan and the PHEV’s battery is in the same place, which means that there’s no reduction in boot volume.

    The ICE under the 530e’s hood is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo unit with 190 hp and 310 Nm of torque. The B48 with a Miller cycle is paired to an eight-speed Steptronic Sport automatic transmission with an integrated electric motor. In the new 530e, the e-motor makes 184 hp/250 Nm (up from 68 PS) but a new e-motor pre-gearing system raises max torque at the gearbox input shaft to 400 Nm.

    Total system output for the 530e is now 299 hp and 450 Nm. The outgoing 530e had 252 PS and 420 Nm. 0-100 km/h is done in 6.4 seconds and top speed is 230 km/h.

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    That’s rather brisk for a big executive saloon, but the headlining stats are from the battery. The lithium-ion unit’s capacity is now 19.4 kWh (up from 12 kWh), and it delivers a combined WLTP-rated pure electric range of 87-102 km. That’s a big improvement from the G30 LCI’s 67 km, and with 100 km of EV range in the bag, you can use the 530e just like a BEV in daily commuting, without involving the engine at all as electric top speed is a generous 140 km/h.

    You’ve got to plug it in daily to do that, of course, but the 530e could well be the best of both worlds if you’re not ready to commit to EVs – no charging issues in long distance travelling, zero range anxiety. By the way, the maximum AC charging rate has been doubled to 7.4 kW. The official WLTP fuel consumption figure is 0.8 to 0.6 litres per 100 km, but there are many variables when it comes to PHEVs – it can even be 0.0L for some commuting patterns.

    The 530e you see here was displayed at the i5 launch event hotel, and it’s a good thing BMW didn’t bring one in M Sport form, giving us a chance to see the G60 in a different light – it’s a more basic, less aggressive, more stately look with some brightwork, albeit satinised. To compare, check out the G60 with the M Sport body and the even more aggressive M Performance suit in our i5 review.

    GALLERY: 2024 BMW 530e in Lisbon

    GALLERY: 2024 BMW 530e official pics

     
     
  • 2024 BMW i5 eDrive40 and M60 xDrive Review – as an EV, is the G60 still the 5 Series we know and love?

    2024 BMW i5 eDrive40 and M60 xDrive Review – as an EV, is the G60 still the 5 Series we know and love?

    After driving the BMW i5, I breathed a sigh of relief. The BMW 5 Series is very much alive and well. But why did I approach Lisbon with trepidation?

    The world is evolving, but it feels like cars are changing even faster than the planet they serve. Could be just me, but it seems like the shift from fossil fuel to electric is going faster than expected, and the ‘electric future’ many were talking about not too long ago is a reality today.

    Perhaps this is a skewed view from a media person covering only new cars and developments (it’s unfashionable for OEMs to talk about ICE although they still make and sell them in great numbers) and the actual situation could be very different – for instance, the new vehicle market share for BEVs in US is just 7.1% in the first half of 2023. Hardly equal to the buzz.

    2024 BMW i5 eDrive40 and M60 xDrive Review – as an EV, is the G60 still the 5 Series we know and love?

    But that does not change the fact that batteries are the future, and most carmakers are racing each other in rolling out EVs. BMW is one of the front runners in that race, so much so that the launch variant of the next-generation G60 5 Series is the fully-electric i5.

    Yes, the first drive for an all-new 5 Series is now an EV event. This is a big deal – we’re not talking about a niche model or an SUV, but the 5 Series, the essence of BMW. I fear, because I love the 5 Series – I stuck my head out to call the outgoing G30 the best car in the world, and I was worried that the 5 Series as we know it is no more.

    Silly me. Because the i5 – the first ever fully-electric 5 Series – is merely spearheading a range that will have plug-in hybrids, four- and six-cylinder petrol engines and even diesels. Yes, there’s still a market for oil burners, especially in Europe with a mile muncher business tool like the 5 Series.

    2024 BMW i5 eDrive40 and M60 xDrive Review – as an EV, is the G60 still the 5 Series we know and love?

    Frank Weber, member of BMW’s board of management, development

    We spoke to Frank Weber, BMW board member in charge of development, and he revealed that by the end of the G60’s lifespan, we would have seen four BEVs, two PHEVs, two (mild-hybrid) petrol and two diesel variants, and an M5 on top of that too. He stressed that Munich is not forcing its customers into any powertrain.

    The availability of a wide range of powertrain options is vital, especially for the 5 Series, which Weber says racks up the highest mileage among all BMW models. “People really do drive them a lot. The 5 Series is a very interesting thing because people use them as a daily tool, it’s for them really a tool, for long driving,” he said, adding that an EV does not suit every 5 Series user.

    For now, the i5 is available in base and top BEV forms – the i5 eDrive40 and the the i5 M60 xDrive. BMW has just announced the 530e and 550e PHEVs, so there’s plenty more to come for the G60, including the first-ever plug-in hybrid M5 that will debut in 2024. A big V8 supplemented with electric boost – think XM.

    But let’s focus on what’s on hand. The i5 eDrive40 is the entry-level fully-electric 5 Series built on the latest fifth-generation BMW eDrive tech, and it has 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.

    With an 81.2 kWh (net, 84.3 kWh gross) battery in the floor pan, the base i5’s WLTP range is from 497 to 582 km. Charging via AC at 11 kW will take 8.2 hours from 0-100%, while DC fast charging (max rate 205 kW) from 10-80% SOC takes 30 minutes.

    The i5 M60 xDrive is an M Performance model and the BEV range topper, since the full fat M5 will have an ICE. With an extra motor on the front axle for AWD, total output for the M60 is 517 PS and 795 Nm, or 601 PS/820 Nm with My Mode Sport and M Sport Boost/M Launch Control engaged. With all virtual switches flicked, 0-100 km/h is dispatched in just 3.8 seconds. Top speed is 230 km/h.

    2024 BMW i5 eDrive40 and M60 xDrive Review – as an EV, is the G60 still the 5 Series we know and love?

    The same 81.2 kWh battery delivers a slightly lower WLTP range of 455 to 516 km in the M60, with some of the km sacrificed for hp. Charging rates are as per the eDrive40.

    On the topic of range, there’s a new Max Range function that increases range by up to 25%. This is achieved by limiting power, speed (90 km/h) and deactivating comfort functions. Imagine planning your journey and charging down to the km, only to be greeted by a charger that’s out of order. Max Range is a get out of jail free card, so to speak.

    Also new for BMW’s latest EV 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.

    BMW Max Performance Charging curve – click to enlarge

    Remember the Efficient Dynamics line? Efficiency is even more important for EVs and BMW’s experience comes in handy. The 5 Series may look squarer than ever, but a raft of aero measures including, but not limited to, active air vent control (grille), air curtains (wheel arches), underfloor and the ‘Air Performance Wheels’ contribute to a good Cd value of just 0.23 (smaller is better). The teardrop-shaped Mercedes-Benz EQE‘s Cd of 0.255 is reminder to not judge a car by its shape.

    Why is this important? More mileage for your precious charge, as the share of vehicle aerodynamics in long range driving consumption is over 60%, by far the biggest factor energy sapper. Even if daily driving, aero is the biggest factor at 34% versus the e-motor (22%) and tyres (25%), according to BMW’s internal studies.

    Anyway, WLTP rated power consumption is 18.9-15.9 kWh/100 km for the eDrive40 and 20.6-18.2 kWh/100 km for the M60. Good figures for a car of this size and performance, and BMW assures that it is keeping its promises when it comes to real world consumption versus WLTP figures, as proven by i40 eDrive40 customer data.

    2024 BMW i5 eDrive40 and M60 xDrive Review – as an EV, is the G60 still the 5 Series we know and love?

    It all sounds good, but do you like how the new 5 looks? Even if you don’t, I bet that you’ll be softening your stance eventually. Perhaps it’s due to the brand having a passionate fanbase, but new BMWs tend to elicit strong feelings, usually negative with regards to the design. Remember the initial reaction to the E60 5 Series? You’ll come around. Anyway, even the iX – with its challenging face and unconventional SUV proportions – is selling like hot cakes, so BMW clearly knows what it’s doing.

    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 is gone). If the G60 looks substantial, it actually is, in all directions – the 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.

    2024 BMW i5 eDrive40 and M60 xDrive Review – as an EV, is the G60 still the 5 Series we know and love?

    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 marque’s trademark kidney grille is outlined by Iconic Glow illumination here, like on the i7.

    Speaking of the kidneys, the eDrive40 gets vertical slats while the M60’s nose is fully blacked out. That, a rear diffuser, M-specific wing mirrors and a slim boot spoiler are the ways to mark out the M Performance car, which otherwise isn’t a lot more aggressive than an eDrive40 with the M Sport look. The M60 you see here has options such as 21-inch BMW Individual wheels (19s standard), carbon pack and dark Shadowline headlamps. I’m not a big fan of matte bodies, but the G60 looks great in Frozen Pure Grey metallic, don’t you think?

    The matte bodywork helped with the pictures here too, as it felt like the sun was hovering just above our heads when we stopped for pics at the hills overlooking Setubal. To get to that point, we pointed the i5 on roads that it could barely fit – there were a couple of occasions where both me and the expensive wing mirror said our prayers – and it was then that I believed. Electric it may be, but this is still a BMW 5 Series.

    You can take that to mean that the G60 is still more satisfying to drive than its executive rivals, EV or ICE. This comes from that hard-to-explain feel of the controls, which are perfectly-judged in the effort they require. Mind you, it’s not a given with brakes that also need to recuperate energy, and BMW has in the past dished out very heavy steering in the name of sport.

    The i5 is a big car on European mountain roads – you know it from the clearance you have – but it doesn’t feel like a limo when you push on. It’s agile and has quick feet for such a big player. It feels like a small… I’m so happy to be able to use old cliches on this brand new car – it means that the 5 Series is very much alive and well, even if it’s now over 5m long, powered by batteries and touting in-car gaming (AirConsole uses phones as controllers, multiplayer) and Bundesliga matches as one of the main USPs.

    You can’t do those things on the move, but the ride comfort seems ready to support such activities – so steady at high speeds and very absorbent in town. I had to check again; those really are 21-inch wheels. Both our eDrive40 and M60 testers rode on ‘Professional’ adaptive suspension, the top option that also comes with rear-wheel steering. The latter’s turning circle reduction magic was on display up in the hills, just that I couldn’t detect the sleight of hand.

    2024 BMW i5 eDrive40 and M60 xDrive Review – as an EV, is the G60 still the 5 Series we know and love?

    At this point, I’ll share with you how Weber described the 5 Series to us. “The 3 Series is the incarnation of sportiness – compact sportiness in a sedan is the 3 Series. And then the 7, it’s about comfort, about status. Funny, what’s happening with the 5 is an expectation that the two things are merged into a unique experience. I want the sportiness of a 3 but please can you give me a little bit of the comfort of the 7? But I don’t want a small 7,” BMW’s development chief said.

    A scaled-down i7 this is definitely not – the appeal is more driver than drebar, and although it’s very spacious at the back, the G60 is nowhere near as opulent as the limo. The size and heft of the Five means that it’s not as fun to drive all out as the compact premium exec, even with Munich’s considerable dynamic expertise. I guess Weber’s right.

    For some, the elephant in the i5’s room is the fact that it’s an EV. I can see many disagreeing, but personally, I feel that the engine has for some time stopped being a main event in the (non-M) 5 Series experience. Smooth and strong as it was, the G30 was so good not because of its engine, which for me plays a role in a great overall team performance. The motor was certainly way more prominent in the days of naturally-aspirated engines.

    The pre-pandemic me (I meant Covid, electrification is not a plague) wouldn’t have believed this, but I find that the ICE isn’t a huge loss for a car like the 5 Series, and also because the i5 itself is very good. Both the eDrive40 and M60 are incredibly brisk off the line, and once you get going, throttle response is so immediate that you want for nothing quicker. The M60 is a very fast car that’s makes no compromises in comfort, but for me, the difference between it and the eDrive40 isn’t night and day. That’s because the 340 PS RWD car has more than enough performance and dynamics on B-roads.

    The best part is despite all that performance on tap, the i5 is a very soothing car to drive in traffic. If you wish, set the throttle’s energy recovery (think ‘engine braking’) to low, ignore the theatrical ‘Iconic Sounds’ composed by Hans Zimmer, and it will feel very intuitive for someone coming straight from a G30, never mind this writer whose last stint in the Five was over five years ago.

    The 5 Series has always been a great tourer, and the i5 is a high point. Obviously, there’s no engine sound, but insulation from road noise is very good and there’s just an occasional hint of wind buffeting at Portugal’s highway speed limit of 120 km/h to keep the experience real. Also occasional is the reflection of the wave pattern on the dash top under harsh sunlight. Ergonomics and seat comfort is top notch.

    Speaking of the interior, the G60’s cockpit is the i7’s after you add some driver focus and subtract some luxe from the mix. Most of the limo’s (front section) tech and highlights are here, including the impressive Curved Display that combines a 12.3-inch meter panel and a 14.9-inch central screen; and the rather lovely Interaction Bar with its crystal-like insides, soft glow colours and neat integration of touch controls. Big impact from a small piece of ‘trim’.

    Best of all, the steering control panels are minimalist (a complete opposite of Mercedes-Benz’s approach) and despite having big screens, all commonly used functions are easily accessible via the Interaction Bar, bottom of the infotainment screen or centre console. Speaking of the CC, its crystal-like elements perfectly match the Interaction Bar, but the piano black base attracts smudges. Is piano black still in fashion? I’d be happy to see the trend fade away.

    Like the drive itself, if you’re coming from a G30, you’ll be used to the new Five’s interior in no time, after the wow from the latest BMW interior elements subside. The cars you see here feature the top rung Bowers & Wilkins sound system, but we won’t be surprised to see the mid-table Harman Kardon system in Malaysia instead. By the way, the G60 is the first BMW model to feature a fully vegan interior as standard. The non-cow leather is called Veganza; not sure why but the name makes me think of pizza.

    2024 BMW i5 eDrive40 and M60 xDrive Review – as an EV, is the G60 still the 5 Series we know and love?

    Whether it’s the approach to the steering wheel (Merc’s tiers of buttons), the interior concept (expansive spaceship feel in the EQE/EQS) or the exterior design language (teardrops from Stuttgart), it’s interesting to note that BMW and Mercedes-Benz have gone in opposite directions with their EVs. Even in planning, as Munich is incorporating BEVs into their regular range as a powertrain option rather than having a separate, parallel range of electric cars.

    Time will tell who made the better choice, but the upside of BMW’s decision to make the i5 a variant of the wider G60 range is exactly that. This is an electric car, but it’s also a 5 Series, and with that, the sedan we know and love lives on in the electric age. I’ll breathe another sigh of relief, the BMW 5 Series is all right.

    Reminder: The i5 is coming to Malaysia this year, but for those who aren’t into EVs or whose circumstance won’t allow for one (for instance, the lack of landed home charging prevents me from making the switch), mild hybrid ICE variants such as the 520i (190 hp/310 Nm), 530i (258 hp/400 Nm, xDrive available) and six-cylinder 540i xDrive (381 hp/540 Nm) are on the way.

    But it’s the PHEVs that caught my attention – compared to the G30 plug-in hybrid, we’re looking at 75% higher electric output, 24% higher total output, 78% higher pure electric range, 39% higher total range and 27% more boot space. With combined WLTP EV range of 87-102 km, the G60 530e will be able to perform daily tasks as an EV, but with zero range anxiety. Combined 299 hp, 450 Nm and 0-100 km/h in 6.4 seconds, it could be the best car in the real world.

    GALLERY: 2024 BMW i5 M60 xDrive

    GALLERY: 2024 BMW i5 eDrive40

    GALLERY: 2024 BMW i5 M60 xDrive, official pics

    GALLERY: 2024 BMW i5 eDrive40, official pics

     
     
  • BMW i5 G60E – specs listed on Malaysian website; eDrive40, M60 xDrive; up to 601 PS, 582 km EV range

    BMW i5 G60E – specs listed on Malaysian website; eDrive40, M60 xDrive; up to 601 PS, 582 km EV range

    BMW Malaysia has listed preliminary specifications for the BMW i5 on its official website, a few months after the all-electric sedan made its debut back in May this year. The company has already been accepting registrations of interest for a while, and we’re now getting some details of what to expect.

    In terms of variants, the model page lists the eDrive40 and M60 xDrive, the latter being the more performance-focused option. Both use the same lithium-ion battery but the eDrive40 comes with a single electric motor driving the rear wheels, while the M60 xDrive gets a dual-motor setup for all-wheel drive.

    Each powertrain has specific nominal outputs as you’d expect, although the figures can be increased when certain modes are engaged. Here are all the facts and figures of the i5’s variants:

    BMW i5 eDrive40

    • Electric motor output: 313 PS (308 hp or 230 kW) and 400 Nm
    • Electric motor output with My Mode Sport and Sport Boost/Launch Control function engaged: 340 PS (335 hp or 250 kW) and 430 Nm
    • Battery capacity: 81.2 kWh net (84.3 kWh gross)
    • Range (WLTP): 497 to 582 km
    • 0-100 km/h time: 6.0 seconds
    • Top speed: 193 km/h

    BMW i5 M60 xDrive

    • Electric motor output: 517 PS (510 hp or 380 kW) and 795 Nm
    • Electric motor output with My Mode Sport and M Sport Boost/M Launch Control function engaged: 601 PS (593 hp or 442 kW) and 820 Nm
    • Battery capacity: 81.2 kWh net (84.3 kWh gross)
    • Range (WLTP): 455 to 516 km
    • 0-100 km/h time: 3.8 seconds
    • Top speed: 230 km/h

    BMW i5 eDrive40 example routes (left), M60 xDrive (right); click to enlarge

    As for charging, the i5 duo can handle a maximum AC input of 11 kW, with a full charge from 0-100% taking four hours and 15 minutes (eDrive40) or four hours and 25 minutes (M60 xDrive). Peak DC charging capacity is the same for both at 205 kW, with a 10-80% state of charge achieved in just 30 minutes. On the model page, BMW Malaysia lists a few example routes for each variant from Kuala Lumpur to either Kuantan, Singapore or Krabi, including any potential stops for charging.

    In the configurator section, we’re presented with quite a number of options, including Base, M Sport and M Sport Pro appearance packages. In addition to that, there are also 13 colours listed (the Base only gets eight hues), five wheel designs ranging from 19 to 21 inches, eight interior upholsteries as well as seven interior trims. The car depicted in the video at the top of the page is an eDrive40 with the M Sport package (M Sport Pro comes with a black grille surround), while the following still image is also an eDrive40 but in Base form.

    BMW i5 with Base appearance package (left), M Sport (middle), M Sport Pro (right); click to enlarge

    Further down, available equipment mentioned include the Iconic Glow kidney grille, Dynamic Light Carpet, a panoramic glass sunroof, BMW Interaction Bar, an 18-speaker Bowers & Wilkins sound system, BMW Curved Display with BMW Live Cockpit Professional, AirConsole games and Driving Assistant Professional.

    Do keep in mind that what’s mentioned here isn’t indicative of what customers will be able to buy, so we’ll have to wait till we get a proper spec sheet. Aside from the fully electric i5, we should also expect BMW Malaysia to offer petrol and plug-in hybrid versions of the latest G60 5 Series, although these options won’t benefit from the current electric vehicle (EV) incentives offered by the government.

    GALLERY: G60E BMW i5 M60 xDrive

    GALLERY: G60E BMW i5 eDrive40

     
     
  • 2024 BMW 530e, 550e xDrive PHEVs revealed – 2.0L I4 and 3.0L I6; up to 489 PS, 700 Nm, 103 km EV range

    2024 BMW 530e, 550e xDrive PHEVs revealed – 2.0L I4 and 3.0L I6; up to 489 PS, 700 Nm, 103 km EV range

    Following the debut of the G60 BMW 5 Series in May this year, the Munich-based carmaker has now revealed more details and pricing for the plug-in hybrid variants of the eighth-generation executive sedan. In Germany, two options are available, including the 530e that retails for 65,300 euros (RM324,555), followed by the 550e xDrive at 77,300 euros (RM384,198).

    Both variants feature an electric motor that is integrated into an eight-speed Steptronic Sport automatic transmission. BMW says it managed to boost the electric motor’s torque from 280 Nm to a more substantial 450 Nm through a pre-transmission mechanism, although peak horsepower differs depending on the variant.

    Another area of improvement involves the battery, which has a higher usable energy capacity of 19.4 kWh (up from 12 kWh). This sees an increase to electric-only range, and the maximum AC charging capacity has also been doubled to 7.4 kW. With the 530e, you get a four-cylinder engine, while the 550e xDrive comes with a straight-six. The specs are as follows:

    2024 BMW 530e

    • Engine: 2.0 litre turbocharged inline-four petrol
    • Electric motor output: 184 PS (181 hp or 135 kW) and 280 Nm nominal (450 Nm effective with pre-transmission)
    • Total system output: 299 PS (295 hp or 220 kW) and 450 Nm
    • 0-100 km/h time: 6.3 seconds
    • Top speed: 230 km/h
    • Electric-only top speed: 140 km/h
    • Battery capacity: 19.4 kWh
    • AC charging: 7.4 kW; 0-100% in three hours and 15 minutes
    • Electric-only range (WLTP): 93 to 103 km

    2024 BMW 550e xDrive

    • Engine: 3.0 litre turbocharged straight-six petrol
    • Electric motor output: 197 PS (194 hp or 145 kW) and 280 Nm nominal (450 Nm effective with pre-transmission)
    • Total system output: 489 PS (483 hp or 360 kW) and 700 Nm
    • 0-100 km/h time: 4.3 seconds
    • Top speed: 250 km/h
    • Electric-only top speed: 140 km/h
    • Battery capacity: 19.4 kWh
    • AC charging: 7.4 kW; 0-100% in three hours and 15 minutes
    • Electric-only range (WLTP): 83 to 90 km

    2024 BMW 530e, 550e xDrive PHEVs revealed – 2.0L I4 and 3.0L I6; up to 489 PS, 700 Nm, 103 km EV range

    For comparison’s sake, the new 530e’s total system output is marginally better than its predecessor that provided 292 PS (288 hp or 215 kW), while the 550e xDrive sees a larger improvement over the 545e xDrive it replaces that offered 394 PS (389 hp or 290 kW).

    In terms of equipment, the 530e and 550e xDrive come with 19-inch light-alloy wheels, the BMW Interaction Bar and and BMW IconicSounds Electric, with the higher-spec variant also receiving Adaptive Chassis Professional that includes electronically controlled dampers and Integral Active Steering (rear-wheel steering)

     
     
  • 2024 BMW 530e, 550e xDrive PHEVs set for IAA debut – 19.4 kWh battery; up to 489 PS, 101 km EV range

    2024 BMW 530e, 550e xDrive PHEVs set for IAA debut – 19.4 kWh battery; up to 489 PS, 101 km EV range

    BMW has announced that it will unveil two plug-in hybrid variants of the latest G60 5 Series Sedan at the upcoming IAA Mobility 2023, which is scheduled to take place in Munich next month. The two PHEV variants will be launched as early as spring 2024 and include the 530e and 550e xDrive. Both feature an electric motor that is integrated into an eight-speed Steptronic Sport automatic transmission.

    This contributes to a total system output of 299 PS (295 hp or 220 kW) in the 530e with a four-cylinder engine, and 489 PS (483 hp or 360 kW) in the 550e xDrive that has a six-cylinder engine – the carmaker did not state which engines are used but it will likely be the B48 and B58.

    The new 530e’s total system output is marginally better than its predecessor that provided 292 PS (288 hp or 215 kW), while the 550e xDrive sees a larger improvement over the 545e xDrive it replaces that offered 394 PS (389 hp or 290 kW).

    One innovation on the PHEV variants is a pre-gearing stage that allows the electric motor’s nominal torque output of 280 Nm to be increased to an effective torque of up to 450 Nm at the transmission input. “The compact electric motor is therefore able to boost torque by an amount that would normally only be possible using a larger unit and makes a clear difference both when accelerating off the line and putting in a rapid burst of speed,” the carmaker stated in its release.

    2024 BMW 530e, 550e xDrive PHEVs set for IAA debut – 19.4 kWh battery; up to 489 PS, 101 km EV range

    Another improvement is in terms of all-electric range, with BMW claiming the 530e offers between 87 to 101 km, while it is between 79 to 90 km for the 550e xDrive – the equivalents of the previous model was from 54 up to 67 km. This is thanks to an increase in the capacity of the underbody-mounted lithium-ion battery from 12 kWh to 19.4 kWh.

    BMW says the PHEV variants come with a boot capacity of 520 litres, which it says it just as large as that offered by the purely combustion-engined variants. Additionally, the charging capacity has been doubled to 7.4 kW, with a full charge taking three hours with a charger capable of that output, or 9.8 hours when hooked up to a conventional domestic power socket.

    At IAA Mobility 2023, the German carmaker will also host the world premiere of the Vision Neue Klasse, which previews the brand’s future EV line-up arriving in 2025. Other models like the i7 Protection and iX5 Hydrogen will also be showcased at the event.

    GALLERY: G60 BMW 5 Series Sedan

     
     
  • 2024 BMW 5 Series and i5 gain M Performance Parts

    2024 BMW 5 Series and i5 gain M Performance Parts

    BMW has revealed a range of M Performance Parts for the all-new 5 Series and i5, which includes exterior and interior accessories for customers who want to add more visual flair to their executive sedan.

    On the outside of cars with the M Sport or M Sport Pro package, the catalogue includes a front spoiler lip, side skirts, three-part rear diffuser and rear bootlid spoiler. There are made of carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP), as are the optional side mirror caps and Aramid antenna cover.

    Other items offered are M Performance accent stripes in Frozen Black with lettering as well as side skirt films. BMW also sells carbon door sill plates, velour floor mats with synthetic leather edging, a Nappa leather/Alcantara key fob cover and a carbon fuel fill cap.

    2024 BMW 5 Series and i5 gain M Performance Parts

    There are also a wide range of wheel options ranging from 19 to 21 inches in diameter, available in different finishes. If you plan to have multiple wheel sets, you can also purchase M Performance tyre bags that can accommodate wheels sized between 17 to 22 inches.

    Last but not least, the 5 Series and i5 can be optioned with M Performance brakes with ventilated and perforated discs as well as six-piston front and single-piston rear calipers. These are designed to provide improved thermal load-bearing capacity for more sustained performance under extreme conditions.

     
     
  • 2024 BMW 5 Series and i5 for China market comes with an extended wheelbase and 31.3-inch theatre screen

    2024 BMW 5 Series and i5 for China market comes with an extended wheelbase and 31.3-inch theatre screen

    Following the debut of the all-new BMW 5 Series (G60) and i5 (G60E) in May this year, the German carmaker has now unveiled exclusive versions of the executive sedan for the Chinese market. These will be produced at the Dadong plant operated in Shenyang by the joint venture BMW Brilliance Automotive.

    As with the outgoing G30 5 Series sold in China, the new G60 will come with an extended wheelbase. BMW didn’t state how much the wheelbase has been stretched, but the previous G30 LWB’s wheelbase was 130 mm longer than the standard-wheelbase model at 3,105 mm. The current G60’s wheelbase spans 2,995 mm, so a probable increase by the same 130 mm would put it at 3,125 mm, making it identical to the current 7 Series and i7.

    With the increased wheelbase, the 5er’s roofline has been revised to extend further back before gently sloping towards the boot. BMW is also keen to point out an exclusive detail for the China-exclusive model, which is the illuminated number ‘5’ in the area of the Hofmeister kink on the C-pillar. The number lights up in white on variants with a combustion engine, while it pulls double duty on the i5 by pulsating in blue when charging.

    Improved legroom is an obvious benefit of the increased length between the wheels, but it’s not the only one. The China-market 5 Series is also offered with the BMW Theatre Screen, which is adopted directly from the 7 Series. As with the brand’s flagship, rear passengers have access to a 31.3-inch widescreen display with 8K resolution and 5G connectivity, allowing them to enjoy a high-quality video streaming experience during travel.

    Other luxury features include four-zone automatic climate control, a Bowers & Wilkins sound system, the BMW Curved Display, embossed headrests with attached pillows for the rear seats as well as an assortment of premium upholsteries. Pricing and available powertrains will be announced later on.

     
     
  • 2024 BMW 5 Series, i5 first to get AirConsole – in-car gaming platform coming to other models via update

    2024 BMW 5 Series, i5 first to get AirConsole – in-car gaming platform coming to other models via update

    The all-new G60 BMW 5 Series and its fully electric equivalent, the G60E i5, were revealed recently with AirConsole, a gaming platform that allows the driver and passengers to play games while the vehicle is stationary as a way of passing time (like when waiting for the battery to be charged).

    The integration of AirConsole was first announced by BMW last October, and after the latest 5 Series and i5, other models equipped with the BMW Curved Display powered by iDrive 8.5 will receive the feature as well.

    According to the German carmaker, models that are confirmed to get AirConsole include the 7 Series, iX and i4 produced from July 2023 as well as the X5, X6, X7 and XM made from August 2023. Meanwhile, existing models that are eligible to receive iDrive 8.5 via an over-the-air (OTA) update that includes AirConsole are the 7 Series (produced from July 2022), iX (produced from March 2023) as well as the X5, X6, X7 and XM (produced from April 2023).

    To enjoy this in-car gaming experience, players simply need their smartphone, which acts as a controller. They will first need to pair their device via a QR code displayed on the infotainment screen, and it is possible to play alone or with all vehicle occupants together.

    2024 BMW 5 Series, i5 first to get AirConsole – in-car gaming platform coming to other models via update

    For now, there are about 15 games available to play, including titles like Go Kart Go, Golazo, Music Guess and Overcooked, but BMW says more will be added in the future. It also mentions that these are “so-called casual games” in its release, so don’t expect to play Cyberpunk 2077 like what Tesla demonstrated last year.

    BMW is also celebrating the launch of in-car gaming in its cars by presenting a special i5 wearing a unique gaming-themed wrap. The colour scheme is said to be inspired by the various games available on the AirConsole platform, while the large pixels are a homage to the 8-bit era of games.

     
     
  • 2024 G60 BMW 5 Series vs W214 Mercedes-Benz E-Class – both high tech, but very different approaches

    2024 G60 BMW 5 Series vs W214 Mercedes-Benz E-Class – both high tech, but very different approaches

    Making their respective global debuts a month apart, the latest generations of the BMW 5 Series and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class have been rivals over decades, and while both emerge to be the most technology-laden iterations yet, each one takes a distinct approach to electrification and overall design.

    Compared to their predecessors, the G60 5 Series is a marked departure from the G30 in terms of styling, with more angular lines on its ‘face’ and a different set of crease lines in profile view. By comparison, the W214 E-Class appears more conservative with its its less radical rework of styling from its predecessor, the W213 facelift.

    It somewhat harks back several generations to the E60 5 Series, which was a vast departure from the much-loved E39, and the W211 E-Class which was considerably less radical in its progression from the W210.

    The G60 5 Series shares its Cluster Architecture (CLAR) platform with the i5 that premiered simultaneously, as the platform has been designed to accommodate both internal combustion powertrains (with varying levels of electrification) as well as fully electric drive.

    By contrast, the W214 E-Class is built on the MRA2 platform which is a predominantly internal-combustion platform; its pure EV equivalent, the EQE, uses the EV-dedicated Electric Vehicle Architecture (EVA).

    Similarities return in the combustion engine selection at launch for these mid-sized models of each German brand, where four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines (208 hp 520i, 197 hp 520d for the G60 5 Series, 204 hp E 200 and 197 hp E 220 d for the W214 E-Class) feature for their native European market.

    Meanwhile, both bring to the North American market a more powerful four-cylinder petrol as well as a six-cylinder petrol (255 hp/400 Nm 530i and 375 hp/520 Nm 540i xDrive, and 255 hp/400 Nm E 350 4Matic and 375 hp/500 Nm E 450 4Matic.

    Moving inside, the cabin of each car continue to showcase the design language of each brand; display screens take centrestage in this era, and BMW and Mercedes-Benz demonstrate their different approaches, with the Curved Display and Superscreen designs respectively.

    Both the G60 BMW 5 Series and the W214 Mercedes-Benz E-Class come loaded with active safety and driver assistance systems; BMW claims a world-first with Active Lane Change Assistant that executes a lane change (where safe) when the driver looks at the exterior mirror after a prompt, while the Attention Assist on the E-Class adds a driver distraction alert.

    Feature sets from the consumer electronics realm feature heavily, as both the G60 5 Series and W214 E-Class pack a selfie camera, as well as a host of applications which include games. In this area, the new 5 Series features AirConsole, bringing games such as “Go Kart Go”, “Golazo”, “Music Guess” and “Overcooked”, in addition to video streaming.

    For comparison, the new E-Class notably rolled out the availability of the Angry Birds game along with TikTok, Zoom, Webex and more.

    With those aspects considered, which of the two gets your pick?

    GALLERY: BMW 5 Series Family

    GALLERY: BMW i5 M60 xDrive

    GALLERY: BMW i5 eDrive40

    GALLERY: W214 Mercedes-Benz E-Class