BMW i5 Touring xDrive set to launch in Australia this year

The first-ever fully electric BMW i5 M60 xDrive Touring wagon is bound for Australia, and follows the sedan variant, launched locally last year. A unique offering in the segment, it’s powered by a dual motor EV powertrain developing 442kW and 800Nm.

Able to sprint to 100km/h in a blinding 3.9-seconds, thanks to its 84kWh high voltage battery, the i5 M60 xDrive Touring has an estimated range of 506km, and can cope with up to 205kW of high-speed DC charging.

That means if you can hook it up to a charger capable of that level of power, it should charge in around 25 minutes. The car itself features such touches as BMW Iconic Glow illuminated kidney grille surrounds and adaptive LED headlights.

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The latter incorporate matrix high-beam and blue design elements, while inside, the interior design and comfort levels have been adopted from the car maker’s flagship 7 Series.

This includes BMW’s interaction bar, which supports decorative interior lighting, operating functions and integrated air vents, while the infotainment system is bundled with OS 8.5 and a quick select menu.

In-car gaming, utilising the smartphone as the handheld controller via the AirConsole App is a feature of the new model. A Bowers & Wilkins surround sound system is also standard, and provides 655-watts of aural power through 17-speakers.

Like many of the German car maker’s prestige offerings, its CraftedClarity glass trim, which is manufactured by Swarovski crystal, features, as does integral active steering. The latter enhances manoeuvrability at different speeds.

Offering 570-litres of boot space with the second row up, the BMW i5 M60 xDrive Touring can expand its cargo capacity to up to 1,700-litres with the second row down. Launching with a complimentary 5-year Chargefox subscription, it will arrive in Q3 of this year.

To be priced at $219,900 plus on-roads, the new model headlines the sixth generation BMW 5 Series Touring range, and further expands BMW Australia’s fully electric line-up to 16 fully-electric vehicles across seven model series.

This line-up includes six variants priced below $89,332, exempting them from both the Luxury Car Tax (LCT) for fuel efficient vehicles and Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) for fleet operators.

To find out more, talk to your local BMW dealership.

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