In a notable shift, BMW has announced the return of the 5 Series wagon to the Australian market, this time in an electric avatar named the 2024 i5 M60 Touring. Set to arrive in showrooms between July and September 2024, this model marks a surprising reversal from BMW Australia's previous stance, having discontinued the Touring variant for private sales in 2020 due to low demand.
The new electric wagon will be available at a starting price of $219,900 plus on-road costs, positioning it $4,000 above its sedan counterpart.
The decision to reintroduce the 5 Series wagon in an electric form follows the success of the M3 Touring, which has captured about a quarter of M3 sales in Australia. The i5 M60 Touring will be the sole variant of the 5 Series wagon offered in Australia, equipped with dual electric motors generating up to 442kW and 820Nm.
This allows for a 0-100km/h sprint in just 3.9 seconds, slightly slower than the sedan, with a top speed limited to 230km/h.
BMW has equipped the i5 M60 Touring with an 81.2kWh (net capacity) battery pack, promising up to 506km of WLTP range. The wagon can support up to 205kW DC fast charging, and comes with a five-year subscription to the Chargefox public charging network.
Its practicality is highlighted by a generous boot capacity of 570 liters, expandable to 1700 liters with the rear seats down.
Despite the focus on electric mobility, BMW has opted not to bring the less powerful i5 Touring variants or the range of petrol, diesel, and plug-in hybrid wagons available in Europe to the Australian market.
The i5 M60 Touring mirrors its sedan counterpart in dimensions, technology, and luxury appointments, offering features like adaptive M suspension, rear-wheel steering, and a comprehensive suite of driver assistance systems.
This model's introduction is part of BMW's broader strategy to electrify its lineup, providing Australian consumers with high-performance, environmentally friendly transportation options.
The i5 M60 Touring is positioned as both the most expensive 5 Series and the priciest wagon in BMW Australia's portfolio, reflecting the premium nature of its offerings and the growing market appetite for electric vehicles.
The wagon comes with a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty, with the high-voltage battery covered for eight years or 160,000km. Safety and standard equipment levels are high, including autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and a suite of connectivity and luxury features.
This move by BMW signifies a strong commitment to electric mobility and the revival of the wagon body style in Australia
2024 BMW i5 M60 Touring: Specs, Features, and Pricing
M Sport Plus package ($3000): 21-inch alloy wheels (no-cost option included), M Sport Pro pack (black headlight accents, red or blue brake calipers, M tri-colour seatbelts), black grille frame, carbon-fibre mirror caps
Warranty and Servicing
Vehicle Warranty: 5 years, unlimited kilometres
Battery Warranty: 8 years or 160,000 km
Servicing: BMW Australia has yet to announce specific servicing costs for the i5 Touring.
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