BMW's Dual Strategy:
2024 BMW 5 Series and i5
Innovative Approach: BMW Launches Gas and Electric Models Simultaneously
In a growing trend among new vehicle launches, BMW has taken a unique approach by introducing both gasoline-powered and electrified models for the 2024 BMW 5 Series. The lineup includes the 530i, 530i xDrive, and 540i xDrive for traditional gasoline enthusiasts, while electric vehicle enthusiasts can look forward to the all-new i5 eDrive40 and i5 M60 xDrive. BMW's choice of models imported to Canada highlights the rising importance of electric options.
Unveiling the 2024 BMW i5 M60: Electric Power and Performance
The 2024 BMW i5 M60 is equipped with an 84.3-kWh usable battery consisting of 324 cells in seven modules placed across the platform's floor. This electric marvel features a 335-horsepower electric motor on the rear axle and an additional 257 horsepower motor at the front, delivering a combined output of 590 horsepower. With 547 pound-feet of torque (605 lb-ft with M Sport Boost or M Launch Control), and all-wheel-drive capabilities, the i5 M60 accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in a remarkable 3.8 seconds.
Range and Charging
Electric Efficiency: Comparing Range and Charging of BMW's EVs
When it comes to range, the eDrive40 offers an impressive 295 miles (478 kilometers), outshining the M60's 256 miles (412 kilometers). Notably, BMW's range estimates tend to be highly accurate. For instance, their 105.2-kWh iX M60 SUV achieved a real-world range of 414 kilometers at a cruising speed of 125 km/h, compared to its official 463-kilometer rating. This suggests that the i5 M60 can realistically manage up to 350 kilometers on a single charge, a commendable feat considering its 84.3-kWh battery capacity.
In terms of charging, BMW's peak rate is 205 kilowatts, a slight improvement over the iX M60's 190-kW peak rate. However, BMW's use of a 400V architecture, rather than more advanced 800-volt systems like Porsche and Hyundai, limits the charging speed. Recharging from 10% to 80% capacity takes approximately 30 minutes, averaging at 118 kilowatts. This is an area where BMW could see room for improvement.
Internal Combustion Upgrades
Elevating Traditional Power: The 2024 BMW 530i's Enhanced Engine
The 2024 BMW 530i is equipped with a TwinPower Turbo 2.0L four-cylinder engine using the Miller-cycle combustion process. This innovative approach delays the intake valve's closure and compensates for compression loss with increased turbo boost, resulting in enhanced efficiency and power. The 2.0L four-cylinder engine now generates 255 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, gaining seven horsepower and 38 lb-ft over its predecessor. With the Launch Control system, it accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 6.1 seconds.
Revolutionary Charging Experience
Introducing Plug & Charge: BMW's Contactless Authentication System
The 2024 BMW i5 M60 xDrive introduces an industry-first feature called "Plug & Charge." This revolutionary contactless authentication system eliminates the need for apps or cards when using public fast charging stations. Owners can store up to five Plug & Charge-enabled accounts from different providers in BMW's iDrive system. When the vehicle is connected to a charging point, the necessary data for account access and payment is transmitted via the charging cable. Charging initiation and payment processing occur automatically at any of the stored charging locations.