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BMW teases hot new i5 M60 Touring ahead of Spring 2024 release

Images show minor changes from its saloon alternative, including new taillights and a small rear spoiler

Published: 23 Jan 2024

BMW has followed up last year’s preview of the all-electric i5 M60 Touring - which is scheduled for a spring 2024 release - with an official teaser video. Yes, it might’ve been more useful to just show us a potato in a dark room as a ‘teaser’, but we can’t chastise the Bavarians too much, because some differences can be spotted.

The rear taillights take on a reworked design, signalling back to a more traditional, angled look. A small rear spoiler has also been attached to the curved roofline, which ascends as it approaches the rear. Meanwhile, the rear window adopts a more veered look at the lower three quarters.

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The powertrain options should be identical to that of the i5 saloon too, which is currently offered in three trim grades and utilises an 81.2 kWh battery. The entry-level ‘eDrive40 M Sport’ puts out 340bhp and 295lb ft of torque, with an estimated WLTP driving range of between 312 and 357 miles. You’ll probably lose a few brain cells trying to remember the unnecessarily complicated name, too.

One step above is the ‘M Sport Pro’, which retains a similar set of figures to the non-Pro version. Finally, we have the range-topping ‘M60 xDrive’ upon which this all-new Touring is based. It takes things up a notch, even if it looks relatively modest. Which is a kind way of saying boring.

Power jumps to 601bhp while a sizeable 586 torques would put the not-so-incredible Hulk to shame in a tug-of-war contest. It also ditches the rear-wheel drive of its lower two forms for all-wheel drive, unlocking a 3.8s dash to 62mph. Expect the new Touring to boast a similarly impressive set of numbers.

Pricing should also see a small increase of a few grand between the saloon models and their respective estates, given the M3 and M3 Touring’s price difference of around £5,000. Opt for a model that’s a few months old, however, and expect to save enough money to put a deposit down on a house. Or even a castle, given the volatile nature of the market at present.

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Launched in the winter of 2023, the standard i5 became the first all-electric iteration of BMW’s long-standing 5 series range, and now, its stretched alternative will look to build on the resurfacing demand for fast estates. We advocate strongly.

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