BMW is adding a new dual-motor, all-wheel-drive xDrive40 trim to the 2025 i5 electric sedan lineup.
The new xDrive40 trim has two electric motors, one for each axle, and produces 389 horsepower and 435 pound-feet of torque.
Production for the new model is scheduled to begin in March, with pricing starting at $71,095.
As we noted in our first-drive review of the new BMW i5 electric luxury sedan, switching between the adequately powered rear-drive eDrive40 and the juiced-up all-wheel-drive M60 is like switching from decaf to straight espresso. Starting with the 2025 model year, the i5's new xDrive40 trim will bridge that gap in price and performance. In other words, think of the xDrive40 as the pour-over coffee in the BMW i5 hierarchy.
Like in the 593-hp M60 xDrive, power for the xDrive40 comes from two electric motors—one for the front axle and one for the rear. Here, they produce a peak of 389 horsepower and 435 pound-feet of torque, making the new model considerably more powerful than the 335-hp eDrive40, which drives the rear wheels using a single electric motor. According to BMW, the xDrive40 can accelerate to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds and is limited to a top speed of 130 mph.
The new model will feature the same 84.3-kWh battery pack under its floor as the two models currently on sale. While BMW isn't yet providing a range estimate for the xDrive40, we think it will fall closer to the M60's 256 mile estimate than the eDrive40's 295 mile number. We haven't had a chance to put any version of the i5 through our 75-mph real-world highway fuel economy test, however.
Production for the new model should be starting in March, with sales following shortly after that. Pricing for the xDrive40 trim will start at $71,095.
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