BMW i5 Touring (electric wagon/estate) expected in 2024 – Report [Update]

Sources have told our friends over at BMWBlog that the BMW i5 Touring is under consideration and that a market launch is expected in 2024. The G61 5 Series Touring lineup will include at least one all-wheel drive i5 Touring variant, the report states as the station wagon bodystyle is still popular in European markets.

The station wagon is not dead

According to a report from analyst firm LMC Automotive in 2019, while the station wagon body style is losing popularity to the SUV, still, 1.5 million estate cars are expected to be sold in 2025 with Europe accounting for around 75 per cent of the market. Naturally, demand has started shifting towards electrified models as governments are setting deadlines for the phasing-out of combustion engines.

Northern Europe, a particularly strong market for estates, is accelerating the shift to electric vehicles, which builds a strong case for BMW to approve the project. It is also interesting to the note that the world’s first and perhaps only electric estate on sale is the MG5 that is available in the UK and shortly in European markets.

BMW i5 Touring Exterior

BMW i5 render front
The i5 and i5 Touring will feature the BMW Laserlight with Matrix function, which is seen on the iX. Speculative rendering of the BMW i5 courtesy of Shkelqim Ameti (Instagram)

Unlike the BMW iX or the BMW i4, spy shots have shown that BMW designers will maintain the subtle kidney grille design on the G60 5 Series, which should translate to the BMW i5 too. That does beg the question though if the BMW i5 Touring will get the iX’s ability to erase scratch marks on its grille thanks to the additional polyurethane coating applied by the manufacturer.

The rest of the design of the BMW i5 Touring should closely resemble the business estate of today with a focus on improved aerodynamics (which explains the need for flush door handles which pop-open automatically and electrically).

Interior

The interior of the BMW i5 should have a minimalist design and a luxurious lounge-style ambiance. Expect an iX-type low-profile dashboard with simplistic surfacing, delicately styled air vents, discreetly integrated speakers and HUD projector, and a pair of freestanding displays angled towards the driver.

There should be plenty of space between the dashboard and the center console, which may house an electronic gear selector, iDrive 8 function scroller and selector, volume adjuster, start-stop button, and an electronic parking brake, designed artfully and made from premium materials, possibly including glass and wood. The center console may feature touch control buttons with haptic feedback. The principle of shy tech and reduction to the essentials would be visible throughout the cabin.

Motor & Battery

The BMW i5 and i5 Touring should borrow their powertrains from the BMW i4 which is announced with rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive twin motor variants. The former (eDrive40) sees 335 hp while the latter (M50 xDrive) sports 536 hp. In addition, the BMW i5 would share the 80.7 kWh battery with the i4 with a WLTP range around the 350-mile mark. We don’t expect significant upgrades in the performance or features of the 2024 BMW i5 over the 2022 model Bimmers as the next milestone in BMW’s engineering (with the BMW Die Neue Klasse platform) is only sometime in 2025.

Production & Launch

2022 BMW iX3 gear selector
An M5-equivalent electric sedan could take until 2025 to reach fruition. However, it is unknown if BMW will return to the sport-wagon segment with an electric i5 M Touring. Image – BMW Group.

The G60 series 5 Series and its electric counterparts (which now would include the i5 Touring) will be made at BMW Group Plant Dingolfing, Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW confirmed. The BMW i5 sedan should be launched by end-2023, and a 2024 launch can be anticipated for the i5 Touring.

Price expectation

Expect the BMW i5 range to kick off at around the 65,000 EUR mark. As with the ICE version, there would not be a considerable difference in pricing between the i5 sedan and touring.

Featured Image (Sketch of the current 5 Series Touring): BMW Group