New 2023 BMW i5 electric saloon identified in heavy camouflage

Our spy photographers have identified the new BMW i5 electric saloon during its development programme. It’ll go on sale in 2023, alongside the next-generation 5 Series, becoming a new rival for the upcoming Mercedes EQE and the recently updated Tesla model S.
The BMW i5 will share the same modular CLAR underpinnings as the combustion-engined 5 Series, but it’ll be powered by an updated version of the electric motor and battery pack found in the iX3. The SUV is based on a similar platform.

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It’ll be powered by BMW’s fifth-generation electric powertrain, which comprises a 282bhp electric motor on the rear axle and an 80kWh battery pack. In the iX3, the system gives a maximum range of 285 miles, but the i5’s a lot more aerodynamic shape could push this figure past the 300-mile mark.
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If BMW uses the iX3’s powertrain in the i5, it’ll nearly certainly use its charging system, too. The SUV is capable of charging at up to 150kW, indicating a 10–80 per cent recharge takes just 27 minutes. When connected to a home wallbox, the battery can be fully recharged in around 12 hours – and there’ll be an on-board 11kW charger if you get caught short.
With the exception of a blanked-off radiator grille and a new diffuser (which removes the conventional car’s exhaust outlet) the i5 and the 5 series will look identical. 

BMW’s design technique for its eighth-generation executive saloon will be evolutionary rather than revolutionary. The new automobile has a similar silhouette and stance, with a set of sharper headlamps and a slightly a lot more rounded nose – likely to improve its aerodynamics.
The BMW group has already confirmed that it’ll launch 25 new electrified models across its range of brands – and roughly half of those automobiles will ditch combustion power.
Other stalwart brands in the BMW line-up will also get pure-electric derivatives in the near future, such as the X1 SUV and the flagship 7 series saloon, which will go on sale next year as a new competitor for the Mercedes EQS.
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