The first-ever BMW i5 M60 xDrive Touring has been confirmed for New Zealand and will arrive here for customer deliveries in Q3 this year. The new fully electric offering headlines the sixth generation BMW 5 Series Touring, which had its world premiere this week.
Addition of the BMW i5 M60 xDrive Touring further expands BMW New Zealand’s fully electric line-up.
When this new model arrives, the company will offer 15 variants across seven fully electric models in its product portfolio, which is the most of any manufacturer represented in the country.
Dynamically stretched proportions and generously designed surfaces characterise the exterior of the new BMW 5 Series Touring. Compared with its predecessor, the new BMW 5 Series Touring is 97 millimetres longer (5,060 millimetres), 32 millimetres wider (1,900millimetres) and 17 millimetres higher (1,515 millimetres). The new BMW 5 Series Touring has the longest wheelbase in its class, increasing by 20 millimetres to 2,995 millimetres.
The distinctive front end features a modern interpretation of the hallmark twin headlights and BMW grille. Two almost vertical LED elements serve as direction indicators and daytime running lights respectively. The BMW grille, which projects far forward, features BMW Iconic Glow contour lighting – a standard feature on New Zealand-specification vehicles.
From the side view, the flat window graphics and the long roof spoiler emphasise the sporty, elegant 2-box design. Powerfully sculpted rear wheel arches, together with the flat rear window, emphasise the car’s wide stature. An L-shaped chrome bar divides the LED rear light elements, which extend well into the side sections.
The range of paintwork includes three BMW Individual paint finishes, while standard equipment includes M alloy wheels measuring 20-inches in diameter. Customers can also opt for 21-inch M alloy wheels at no additional cost. The dynamic character of the new BMW 5 Series Touring can be further emphasised with the M Sport Package Pro, which for New Zealand includes the M Carbon Exterior Package. As the flagship model in the series, the BMW i5 M60 xDrive Touring comes as standard with exterior components that
clearly express its outstanding driving dynamics.
The new BMW i5 M60 xDrive Touring is the first all-electric premium model in its competitive field. It features two highly integrated drive units on the front and rear axles, which together form an electric all-wheel drive with up to 442kW. With M Launch Control or M Sport Boost activated, the system torque is increased to 820Nm. The top model accelerates from a standstill to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds and its top speed electronically limited to 230km/h.
The high-voltage battery located in the underbody has a gross energy content of 84kWh (net 81.2kWh). A variety of factors – from the efficient electric motors, adaptive recuperation and heat pump technology for heating and cooling the interior – contribute to the long-distance capability of the BMW i5 M60 xDrive with WLTP testing range rated at up to 506km.
The first-ever BMW i5 M60 xDrive Touring has been confirmed for New Zealand and will arrive here for customer deliveries in Q3 this year. When this new model arrives, the company will offer 15 variants across seven fully electric models in its product portfolio, which is the most of any manufacturer represented in the country.