BMW Malaysia recently unveiled the First-Ever All-Electric BMW i5 eDrive40 at the Premium Auto Care Expo (PACE) 2023. The i5 is essentially an electric version of the 5 Series.
In case you’re wondering how much the monthly instalment is for it, the BMW i5 eDrive40 can be owned with a monthly instalment plan starting from RM 4,855.00 (based on 5-year Easy Drive plan with a mileage of 100,000 km at 80% loan amount) with the Easy Drive Financing Plan from BMW Group Financial Services Malaysia.
Additionally, owners can also benefit from a RM10,000 Easy Drive Cash Rebate upon registering for the Easy Drive Financing, allowing a monthly instalment plan starting from RM 4,677.00.
Owners of the BMW i5 eDrive40 will receive the complete BMW Group Malaysia Premium Ownership experience which includes the BMW 5-Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty with Free Scheduled Service Programme, BMW 8-Year / 160,000 km Battery Warranty (whichever comes first), BMW Roadside Assistance and Accident Hotline services, as well as the BMW Service Online services.
Now, about the car. Delivering a maximum output of 340hp, the i5 comes with an electric range of up to 582 kilometers (WLTP), which can be further amplified by the innovative Max Range function, which enhances efficiency by 25 percent through comfort function deactivation and adjustments to the power and speed limitations.
Adding to its performance, the i5 harnesses a peak torque of 430Nm in Sport Boost, propelling from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.0 seconds and reaching a top speed of 193km/h. At the heart of the i5 eDrive40 lies a high-voltage battery situated in the underbody, which boasts an optimal battery capacity of 83.9kWh.
The i5 also comes with a high-powered DC charging option that can reach up to 205kW and 500A to enable a rapid charge of 80% capacity in just 34 minutes. When equipped with an 11kW AC Wallbox Charger, the i5 can achieve a 100% battery capacity in 8 hours and 15 minutes.
Measuring 5,060mm in length, 1,900mm in width and 1,515mm in height, with a wheelbase that measures 2,995mm long, distinctive features on the exterior includes vertical LED strips adorning the headlights, the M high gloss Shadowline bits, 21-inch BMW Individual aerodynamic 954 wheels, the classic Hofmeister kink which is a signature of the BMW 5 Series, as well as adaptive LED headlights and slender LED taillights.
Compared to the previous-gen 5 Series, this is an increase of 97mm in length, 32mm in width, 36mm in height and 20mm in wheelbase. As for the boot space, the i5 eDrive40 provides 490 litres of capacity.
For those who enjoy a sportier edge, the M Sport Package amplifies the dynamic appeal of the First-Ever All-Electric BMW i5 eDrive40, with an aerodynamic front apron, muscular side skirts, and a rear apron with an eye-catching diffuser.
The Adoptive Suspension Pro enhances the performance of the wheels by integrating electronically controlled shock absorbers, complete with Comfort and Sports settings – which offer two distinct mapping systems catered to the driver’s preferences.
Inside, the noteworthy steering wheel featuring an innovative flattened bottom section sits in the front of the cabin, a first to the BMW 5 Series portfolio. The Integral Active Steering, featuring a 4-wheel steering system, enhances maneuverability and agility at medium speeds, with the turning circle reduced by more than 0.6 meters to 11.7 meters – providing confidence when changing lanes and cornering at higher speeds.
Inside, the illuminated BMW Interaction Bar which was first introduced in the All-Electric BMW i7, stretches elegantly across the dashboard with Ambient Lighting, creating an unforgettable experience in the cabin as drivers maneuver controls for air conditioning and other functions right at your fingertips.
Setting luxurious highlights to the interior is the glass application Crafted Clarity with polished glass crystal elements, while the Dark Silver M accent combined with Aluminium Rhombicle adds a sophisticated finishing touch to the cabin.
Wireless charging is also available on the charging tray which ensures your devices stay ready for your journeys that lie ahead, while the iDrive Controller and center console elements have been thoughtfully redesigned to enhance its technological elements while retaining its user-friendly characteristics.
Elevating the in-cabin experience is the Bowers & Wilkins Surround Sound System, boasting 18 speakers and an amplifier output of 655 Watts. This delivers an exceptional acoustic journey, enveloping passengers in crystal-clear sound from every angle.