BMW launches eighth-generation 5 series in South Africa with electric variant

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BMW launches eighth-generation five series in South Africa with electric variant

The highly anticipated eighth-generation BMW 5 Series has officially arrived in South Africa, marking a significant milestone for the brand by introducing its first electric variant. At launch, the lineup will include two distinct models: the diesel-powered 520d, starting at R1,240,000, and the groundbreaking all-electric i5 M60 xDrive, which begins at R2,190,000.

The 520d has a robust 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine, delivering 152 kW of power and 400 Nm of torque. This allows the vehicle to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.3 seconds. However, the i5 M60 xDrive elevates performance to another level. Featuring a twin-motor all-wheel-drive system, it boasts an impressive 442 kW and 795 Nm of torque, achieving a 0 to 100 km/h sprint in a mere 3.8 seconds. This places it just slightly behind the performance of the outgoing M5 Competition model.

According to BMW's claims, the electric i5 M60 xDrive is powered by an 81 kWh battery, offering a range of 456 to 515 km on a single charge. Further distinguishing the i5 is its M badge, which comes with an 8mm-lower Adaptive Suspension system and various M-specific design elements, enhancing its aesthetic appeal and performance capabilities.

Inside, the 2024 BMW 5 Series showcases the latest BMW Operating System 8.5, significantly expanding the vehicle's digital entertainment capabilities, including the option for in-car gaming when the car is stationary. The updated system introduces a new iDrive interface and a more intuitive menu system integrated within the Curved Display cockpit. This setup features a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 14.9-inch central display.

An optional "interaction bar" is available, enabling control of specific functions through hand gestures, adding a layer of convenience and technological sophistication. Standard on the BMW 520d is the M Sport Package, with the M Sport Pro kit available. BMW offers vast interior feature packages, allowing for extensive customization.

Among these packages is the Equipment Package Professional, priced at R40,000, which includes BMW Live Cockpit Professional, Interior Camera, Parking Assist Professional, and BMW Natural Interaction. For R70,000, the Deluxe Package adds luxury features like a sky roof, ambient cabin lighting, and four-zone climate control.

While the full range of standard features was unavailable due to the online configurator's downtime, the options listed offer a glimpse into the customizable luxury and innovative technology that define the new BMW 5 Series. This launch enhances BMW's prestigious lineup and sets a new benchmark for luxury sedans in the South African market.



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