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Next-gen BMW X1, 5 Series

Alongside a line-up of petrol , diesel and plug-in hybrid engine options, the next-generation BMW 5 Series and X1 are set to be offered with all-electric powertrains. The change is part of BMW ‘s plan to get 25 electrified vehicles launched by 2023.

No further specifications of the electric 5 Series and X1 have been given, although both should be assumed to use a version of the single-engine powertrain used in the recently released iX3, which sends 286hp to the rear wheels and provides a 458.6 km WLTP range. For traditional gas and gasoline, and plug-in electric powertrains, the latest models of the 5 Series and X1 are available today.

The 5 Series and X1 will join in receiving full-electric versions of the next-generation 7 Series flagship luxury sedan. BMW will also get the iNext electric SUV, a smaller iX3 electric SUV and the i4 hybrid sedan introduced by the time they land. A newly seen concept on foreign roads shows an hybrid vehicle of the 3 Series is on the cards too.

In addition to launching modern electrified vehicles, BMW would seek to minimize carbon pollution from its manufacturing sites by 80 per cent per vehicle, down to 10 per cent of its volume in 2006.

The manufacturer says it will pay more attention to “upstream added value” to ensure that the environmental impact of its EVs on the well-to-wheel doesn’t cancel improvements elsewhere. As part of that, it would evaluate the carbon emissions of vendors while granting production contracts and strive on creating “the most efficient supply chain in the sector.”

Earlier this year, BMW launched an updated X1 in India, with a facelift for the 5 Series sedan making its global debut in May 2020. Sometime in 2021 the updated 5 Series sedan arrives in India. The revamped BMW 6 Series GT and the all-new 4 Series are eligible on the cards too.

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