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Pre-Orders Begin for First BMW Electric 5-Series

BMW has listed the all-electric i5 on its website and started taking pre-orders ahead of its launch. The German automaker brings the car to India as CBUs. This will limit the number of vehicles available for India while announcing that they will deliver the cars who comes first.

BMW is bringing i5 M60 xDrive to India with the all-wheel drive. Based on the eighth generation of the 5 Series, this i5 boasts an impressive 601 horsepower (hp) and 800Nm of torque. It can take off from zero to 100 kilometers per hour (kmph) in just 3.8 seconds. The automaker claims a WLTP range of up to 516km and a top speed of 230kmph. These beasts will be delivered to the customers as soon as next month.

Mr. Vikram Pawah, the president of BMW Group India, said, "We are very excited to announce the pre-launch bookings of the first-ever BMW i5 M60 xDrive in India. BMW Group India has been a leader in the electric luxury car segment for two consecutive years, offering the most versatile portfolio – BMW i7, BMW iX, BMW i4, BMW iX1, and MINI SE. With the introduction of the first-ever BMW i5 M60 xDrive, we will further enhance our exceptionally diverse and innovative lineup of electric vehicles, and strengthen BMW Group India's position in the Indian electric luxury car segment."

He's right – BMW Group India now boasts an extensive set of Electric Vehicles in their current lineup. However, as we all know, these vehicles spark debates. Not everyone finds them aesthetically pleasing, with some seeing a drastic change from their predecessors.  This BMW i5 grille won't eat you. Not because it is an EV and has a shut grille, just because they aren’t that large. Thankfully, also unlike the i4, the BMW i5 features a more evolved design.

Still not convinced? Visit https://www.bmw.in/i5M60 for 360 degrees of vision. It's worth noting that BMW EVs have achieved leading sales figures in the segment. The manufacturer has successfully convinced customers to look beyond aesthetics, focusing instead on the features and overall performance these vehicles offer as a package.

TopGear Magazine May 2024