The Mercedes EQE is in its sights.
As development of the next-generation BMW 5 Series continues, our spies have caught the Bavarian putting the electric i5 through its paces. And this time we get a first look inside the high-tech interior. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the i5 prototype's interior features the same curved display as its i4 sibling.
In the i4, the display incorporates a 14.9-inch touchscreen paired with a 12.3-inch driver information display, which will carry over to the i5 and the next-generation 5 Series. This will be a huge upgrade over the current 5 Series, which has a central 12.3-inch touchscreen. The i4's gear shifter has also been transferred to the i5.
While the i5 will borrow tech from the i4, it won't be inheriting its sibling's ginormous kidney grilles. Although the prototype is still fully camouflaged, we can see the i5's kidney grilles will be horizontal rather than vertical like the i4's. From what we've seen so far, the design of the next-generation BMW 5 Series won't be as polarizing as the 4 Series. Like the next-generation 7 Series, the new 5 Series will be offered as an EV likely called the i5, a plug-in hybrid, and a combustion car.
As for the performance specifications, there's a good chance the i5 will share the same specs as the i4.
In its range-topping guise, the i4 M50 produces a combined 536 horsepower from two electric motors. This would enable the i5 to compete with both the Tesla Model S and Mercedes EQE. A recent report also claims the BMW i5 will get a hardcore M variant with a tri-motor setup generating a combined 750 horsepower. The range-topping version of the i7 will also use the same setup.
The next-generation BMW 5 Series is expected to debut in 2023 and will go on sale as a 2024 model, but the electric i5 could debut a few months after the combustion version.