BMW is updating its line of electric cars just in time for spring. There are big plans for the company for 2024, like increasing EV sales by 20%. To reach even more people, they are releasing new models.
New powertrains are coming to the BMW i5 and iX2. The XM will get a hybrid 50e model with an electric motor that makes 197 hp. The X2 with gas power also has a mild-hybrid 48V system to make it more fuel-efficient.
BMW i5 xDrive40 Details
The new i5 xDrive40 will sit between the current eDrive40 and the top-of-the-line M60 (we have a review and a real-life range test?). The “x” in the name of the new i5 means that it has two electric motors that power all four wheels. This pretty big car can go from 0 to 62 mph in just 5.4 seconds, which is 0.6 of a second faster than the i5 eDrive40. It has a total power output of 394 hp (290 kW) and a torque output of 590 Nm.
There are no changes to the batteries; they still hold 81.2 kWh, the same amount as the other i5 types. The WLTP range is 334 miles, which is less than the eDrive 40’s 362 miles but more than the M60’s 321 miles.
Up to 22 kW can be used to charge the i5 xDrive40 at home, and up to 205 kW can be used at DC fast chargers. BMW says the new model can get an extra 97 miles of range in just 10 minutes of DC charge.
BMW iX2 eDrive20 Details
The BMW iX2, on the other hand, gets a new base model called the iX2 eDrive20. The 204 hp (150 kW) electric motor that comes with it only powers the front wheels. It takes 8.6 seconds to go from 0 to 62 mph, which is pretty slow, but the WLTP numbers show that it has a range of 297 miles, which is almost 19 miles more than the iX2 xDrive30. Each type has the same 66.5 kWh battery pack, which can be used for 64.8 kWh. It can be charged up to 130 kW DC and up to 22 kW AC in a home.
BMW i5 xDrive40 and iX2 eDrive20 prices
You can order both the new iX2 eDrive20 and the i5 xDrive40, and they will be sent to you starting in March. The base price for the iX2 is $53,000, and the base price for the i5 is $81,100.
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