FIRST LOOK: BMW i5 – is this the car to topple Tesla? | Electrifying

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Having spent some time in the wilderness, BMW is very much back building electric cars. In a short space of time, BMW has launched its polarising iX range-topping SUV, an posh i7 limo and an entry-level model in the shape of the iX1 SUV. There’s also an favourite, the i4, which has set new standards for premium EVs and showed electric saloons can offer a long electric driving range, but also be fun and engaging to drive.

For BMW the i5 is the big one. Why? It’s simple – the 5 Series is the most important car the Bavarian carmaker builds. It has churned out more than 10 million of them over 50 years, and is very much its all-rounder – the BMW that has to cover all bases and exemplify exactly what the BMW brand is all about.

Just like the i4, the i5 isn’t a bespoke, ground-up electric car. Instead, BMW prefers to build one platform and use it for combustion engined models, hybrids and pure-electrics. BMW’s way of doing things is very different from Audi’s or Mercedes’ as these brands tend to build a separate, bespoke electric version of a model. Think Mercedes E-Class and the EQE and you’ll understand what we mean.

Has BMW chosen the right path? Join Ginny as she takes a first look at the new i5. Is this the electric car you’ve been waiting for? Would you choose the BMW i5? As always, we love to hear what you think, so start typing in the comments below.


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