The i5 xDrive40 has made its appearance on the 2024 model year pricing list, and as anticipated, it falls between the i5 eDrive40 and the i5 M60 xDrive. Priced at $69,800 (plus $995 for destination charges), the i5 xDrive40 comes in at $3,000 more than the rear-wheel-drive eDrive40, while still undercutting the sporty BMW i5 M60 by a significant $14,300. Although technical specifications for this all-weather electric sedan remain somewhat mysterious, they are likely to be similar to those of the i4 xDrive40.
It’s worth noting that the zero-emission Gran Coupe boasts a pair of electric motors generating a combined 396 horsepower and an instant torque of 443 pound-feet. It’s important to mention that both the i4 and i5 in the eDrive40 trim offer 335 hp, but the i4 eDrive40 delivers 317 lb-ft of torque, while the i5 eDrive40 offers only 295 lb-ft. It remains unclear whether there will be any differences in the case of the xDrive models.
In related news, the 550e xDrive also appears in the document as a plug-in hybrid model, a confirmation that was awaited for the US market until now. It carries a price tag of $73,800. Additionally, in the coming year, likely as a 2025 model year offering, the M5 Sedan is expected to make its debut as the flagship model, boasting over 700 horsepower from a plug-in hybrid setup based on the new twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 “S68” engine. While the M division has confirmed the return of the M5 Touring, it remains uncertain whether this high-performance wagon will be available in the United States.
Source: BMW USA