BMW i5 eDrive40 M Sport arrives: RM420K, up to 582km (WLTP)

By CARSIFU | 4 November 2023


SETIA ALAM: The first ever all-electric BMW i5 eDrive40 M Sport premium business sedan offers a range of up to 582km (WLTP), and is priced at RM419,800 with extended warranty and BMW Service & Repair Inclusive.

With the Easy Drive Financing Plan from BMW Group Financial Services Malaysia, the i5 can be owned with a monthly instalment plan starting from RM4,855 (based on 5-year Easy Drive plan with a mileage of 100,000 km at 80% loan amount).

Additionally, customers can also benefit from a RM10,000 Easy Drive Cash Rebate upon registering for the Easy Drive Financing, allowing a monthly instalment plan starting from RM4,677.

The BMW Group Malaysia Premium Ownership experience includes:

> 5-Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty with Free Scheduled Service Programme
> 8-Year / 160,000 km Battery Warranty (whichever comes first)
> Roadside Assistance and Accident Hotline
> Service Online

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The i5 has a Max Range function, which enhances efficiency by 25% through comfort function deactivation and adjustments to the power and speed limitations.

Fitted with a high-voltage 83.9kWh battery, it offers a high-powered DC charging option that can reach up to 205kW and 500A for a charge of 80% capacity in 34 minutes.

With a 11kW AC wallbox charger, the i5 can achieve 100% battery capacity in 8 hours and 15 minutes.

Maximum output is 250kW/340hp and peak torque is 430Nm in Sport Boost, propelling the car from 0 to 100kph in 6 seconds and reaching a top speed of 193kph.

BMW Group Malaysia managing director Hans de Visser said BMW has become the No. 1  premium EV provider in Malaysia, with the delivery of over 1,600 units of BMW, MINI, and BMW Motorrad EVs this year.

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A highlight in the i5 is the Iconic Sounds Electric system created by acclaimed film music composer, Hans Zimmer, providing acoustic feedback that dynamically adapts according to the selected My Mode – adding an immersive dimension to the drive.

The i5 comes with vertical LED strips adorning its headlights, while the kidney grille, which draws stylistic inspiration from the iconic “Sharknose” design, serves as a visually striking centrepiece in front.

It features 21-inch wheels and mixed-size tyres, adaptive LED headlights and slender LED taillights.

As for dimensions, compared to its predecessor, it is a larger car with an increase of 97mm in length, 32mm in width, 36mm in height and 20mm in wheelbase. There's 490 litres of boot space.

The M Sport Package amplifies the dynamic appeal, with an aerodynamic front apron, muscular side skirts, and a rear apron with an eye-catching diffuser.

The Adaptive Suspension Pro enhances the performance by integrating electronically controlled shock absorbers, complete with Comfort and Sports settings – which offer two distinct mapping systems catered to the driver’s preferences.

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Inside, the steering wheel featuring an innovative flattened bottom section, is a first in the 5 Series range.

The Integral Active Steering, featuring a 4-wheel steering system, enhances maneuverability and agility at medium speeds, with the turning circle reduced by more than 0.6 metres to 11.7 metres – providing confidence when changing lanes and cornering at higher speeds.

It features the new BMW Operating System 8.5, which offers the Intelligent Personal Assistant, Maps and the Digital Key Plus with security-optimised Ultra Wideband (UWB) radio technology – enabling secure usage for compatible smartphones.

There's also a panoramic glass roof, which can open up.

An interior camera in the roof area captures every moment, which can be easily transferred and viewed via the QR code in the control display.

Owners can also access the My BMW app to view the footage from the interior camera on their smartphones, in addition to anti-theft recording which is automatically triggered for safety reasons.

A key feature is the BMW Curved Display that floats at centrestage, marrying a 12.3-inch instrument panel with a 14.9-inch touchscreen Control Display.

The illuminated BMW Interaction Bar, which was first introduced in the all-electric i7, stretches across the dashboard with ambient lighting, as drivers maneuver controls for air conditioning and other functions, right at their fingertips.

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There's also wireless charging, and a Bowers & Wilkins Surround Sound System, boasting 18 speakers and an amplifier output of 655 Watts.

Advanced safety and driver support technologies include customer service system Proactive Care (first time in the BMW 5 Series portfolio), which offers services including the Condition Based Service (CBS), Accident Assistance (A-Call), Live Diagnosis, and Digital Tyre Diagnosis.

If immediate servicing is required while on the road, the system will trigger an alert which will guide the driver to the nearest BMW dealership.

Meanwhile, Driving Assistance Professional comes as standard, together with the Distance Control with Stop and Go function, Steering and Lane Control Assistant.

Also standard are the automatic Speed Limit Assist, route control and active navigation guidance, Side Collision Protection, Road Priority Warming and Wrong-way Warning, Crossing-traffic Warning with braking function.

Options for upholstery include the Leather Merino Black and Leather Merino Copper Brown, with redesigned sport seats that come as standard.

Exterior colour offerings include Black Sapphire Metallic, Mineral White Metallic, Brooklyn Grey Metallic and Phytonic Blue Metallic.

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