The rumble of excitement is palpable—like a V12 in the distance, growing ever louder. The BMW 5 Series, long revered as the gold standard for business sedans, is revving up for its grand reveal. And this time, the Bavarians are giving us not just a new iteration, but a full-blown evolution.
Firstly, here's the timeline: The new 5 Series has already graced the streets of South Korea, but it's about to take the European stage on 21 October 2023. My fellow Americans, mark your calendars for 28 October because that's when the 5 Series will be rolling through our streets. And for everyone else? 25 November is when the BMW magic goes global.
But let's talk about the real show-stealer—the all-electric BMW i5. As the electrified sibling of the 5 Series, the i5 is already turning heads and filling up the pre-order sheets. With two variants, the BMW i5 eDrive40 and the monstrous BMW i5 M60 xDrive, boasting 601 hp (because, let's face it, who wouldn't want to overtake Teslas in style?), BMW seems determined to push the electric envelope.
Yet, it's not just about raw power and electric prowess. The new 5 Series Sedan is packing some serious tech toys. We're talking in-car gaming (because why not?), video streaming, and top-tier driver assistance systems. The Highway Assistant, for example, lets you go hands-free at 130 km/h in Germany. And if that doesn't scream "future", I don't know what does.
Then there's the Automatic Lane Change. Give your mirror a peek, and bam!—the car changes lanes for you. It's almost like having a chauffeur, but without the awkward small talk.
Now, if you're more of a wagon person (and honestly, who isn't?), you'll have to play the waiting game till spring 2024. The BMW 5 Series Touring will then make its grand entrance, complete with the same range of drives as its sedan counterpart. It's the perfect blend of sportiness and functionality, and it's geared towards the European, Japanese, and Taiwanese markets. So, expect some tailored flavors to suit those tastes.
In conclusion, is BMW rewriting the book on business sedans? It sure seems like it. The new 5 Series is set to elevate the game, blending performance, technology, and luxury in a package that's quintessentially BMW. The only question now is: are you ready for the ride?