We’ve long been privy to BMW’s plans for a battery-electric vehicle called the i5 and now, thanks to our sources, we know it’s expected to join the next-generation 5 Series and M5 sedans for the 2025 model year debut. Details about the i5 are still sparse, but if BMW is able to match what it accomplished with the 10Best-awarded i4 sedan, we’re excited. The mid-size i5 will likely offer single-motor rear-wheel drive and dual-motor all-wheel drive layouts. Given that it’s likely to be heavier than the outgoing M5, it’s reasonable to expect power outputs to exceed the 600-horsepower mark. In addition, a widebody i5 M is also rumored to be in the works and could offer as much as 1136 horsepower along with a host of high-performance driving technologies. We will update this page with more information and specifications as they emerge.
What’s new for 2025?
When it arrives, the electric i5 will be an all-new model, and will likely be to the 5 Series what the i4 is to the 4 Series: similar on the outside, completely different underneath. We expect its mechanical hardware and electrical architecture to be similar to the i4s, but with even more refinement and power.
Prices and which one to buy
The expected trim level structure for the BMW i5 includes a base eDrive 40 rear-drive model and M50 and M70 all-wheel drive versions with more and even more power. A four-wheel drive version of the 40 should also be available. The 40s will offer more efficiency than performance, the M50 should be a happy medium between range and speed, and the range-topping M70 model will offer impressive performance. That top-of-the-line model is expected to feature elevated equipment and functionality, including faster load times, active steering, larger 21-inch wheels, suspension tweaks and a sportier M-car cosmetic treatment. But if you’re looking for an i5 with superhero speed, a full-on i5 M (yes, BMW seems intent on confusing us with its badging strategy) is under development. It will be the electric equivalent of an M5, and will undoubtedly be a road burner.
As more information becomes available, we will update this story with more details on:
- EV motor, power and performance
- Range, charging and battery life
- Fuel Economy and Real-World MPGe
- Interior, comfort and cargo
- Infotainment and connectivity
- Safety and Driver Assistance Features
- Warranty and Maintenance Cover