BMW is scheduled to release its latest 5 Series/i5 models in China on January 25th, introducing notable enhancements in design, technology, and performance. The upcoming launch will encompass ten models, with six dedicated to the extended wheelbase 5 Series and four to the i5, aiming to cater to the diverse preferences of Chinese consumers. This new model will also be released in the US and European markets early this year.
The 5 Series for the Chinese market is assembled domestically by the joint venture between BMW and Brilliance. This JV was founded in 2003 and started to assemble 3 Series and 5 Series. The BMW-Brilliance cooperation owns two plants in China with a planned production capacity of up to 650,000 units. BMW-Brilliance currently assembles nine models: 3 Series, i3, 5 Series, i5, iX1, X1, iX3, X3, and X5L.
The design of the new BMW 5 Series showcases a dynamic aesthetic characterized by a kidney grille and “angel eyes” headlights with boomerang-shaped daytime running lights. Real-world images of the long-wheelbase version reveal its elongated profile, featuring classic kinks and chrome embellishments, along with a glowing ‘5’ badge.
In contrast, the rear design adopts a minimalist approach, incorporating horizontal lines in the taillights for a delicate visual effect. Silver accents in the rear bumper contribute to the overall sporty look. The dimensions of the new model measure 5175mm in length, 1900mm in width, and 1520mm in height, with a wheelbase of 3105mm.
The design follows the latest family-style approach, with a center console housing a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 14.9-inch central display. The flat-bottomed steering wheel offers a comfortable grip, while crystal-like interior components add a touch of sophistication. The long-wheelbase variant of the 5 Series extends the luxurious theme to the rear, featuring a 32:9 BMW floating screen with real-time connectivity, integration with platforms like iQiyi (entertainment), and access to the Huawei AppGallery.
For the domestically-produced long-wheelbase 5 Series petrol models, consumers can choose from six variants:
- 525Li Luxury Package
- 525Li M Sport Package
- 530Li Flagship Model M Luxury Package
- 530Li Flagship Model M Sport Package
- 530Li Exclusive Model Luxury Package
- 530Li Exclusive Model M Sport Package
Engine options range from a 2.0T low-power unit with 212 horsepower in the 525Li to a 2.0T high-power engine with 287 horsepower in the 530Li. All models are equipped with an 8-speed automatic transmission.
The i5 Model
The long-wheelbase of the i5 electric variant introduces four models:
- i5 eDrive35L Luxury Package
- i5 eDrive35L M Sport Package
- i5 eDrive35L Exclusive Model Luxury Package
- i5 eDrive35L Exclusive Model M Sport Package
Featuring a rear-mounted single electric motor, the i5 boasts a maximum power output of 250kW (335hp) and an impressive CLTC (China’s standardized testing) driving cycle range of 567 kilometers. The standard wheelbase 5 Series and i5 will see the introduction of one imported model each, further diversifying the lineup.