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BMW launches a new preview of the i5, the electric saloon that will challenge the Tesla Model S

On May 24, BMW will present the new i5the 100% electric version of the everlasting 5 Series. This executive sedan will be located in the E segment, completing the offer of electric sedans from the Bavarian manufacturer, currently made up of the i4 (segment D) and i7 (segment F).

Among its rivals will be the efficient Mercedes-Benz EQE and the always current Tesla Model S, although its main competitor will be the Audi A6 e-tron, since both will be available with practical estate bodywork (called Avant in the Audi and Touring in the BMW), being the only electric ones in the category available with this option.

Barely two weeks before his coming-out, BMW has shared two previews of the expected model with the aim of opening your mouth and showing some of its distinctive features. In the first we can see that the double kidney-shaped calender, of generous dimensions (especially in width), will have an illuminated edge.

Despite the fact that the grill will be partially blinded for aerodynamic reasons, the designers have not chosen to paint it in the same color as the rest of the body to denote the electric nature of the vehicle. And it is that, as in the i4 and i7, its surface will be used to place various sensors for driving assistance systems. To hide its presence, the grille will be painted black.

The BMW i5 will be presented on May 24

BMW has also shown a teaser of the passenger compartment, which It will have a huge curved display. Of course, there will be a configurable ambient lighting system, thanks to which the occupants will be able to personalize the interior atmosphere to their liking. As in other cars of the latest batch, the nozzles of the air conditioning system will be automatic.

The initial range of the i5 will be made up of the versions eDrive40 and M60xDrive. Although its technical characteristics have not yet been disclosed, the brand has already published preliminary consumption data: the i5 eDrive40 will homologate 16.0-19.7 kWh/100 km in mixed and the i5 M60 xDrive 17.9-21 .2 kWh/100 km.

It is expected to become the electric BMW with the longest autonomy in the range, since it could reach 700km WLTP. Its battery pack is possibly similar to that of the iX, which has 111.5 kWh of capacity. As for the load, it should reach a maximum power of 200 kW in direct current (10-80% in approximately 30-35 minutes).

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