BMW i5 M60 xDrive Launched Locally Costing RM 499,100

…or RM 478,800 for those brave souls who opt for the standard 2-year BMW warranty instead. 

Following on from its local preview earlier in the year at the Malaysia Autoshow 2024, BMW Malaysia officially launched the i5 M60 xDrive over here. 

This hottest variant of its all-electric mid-sized sedan thus far is now available at all authorised its dealerships nationwide from RM478,800.00, or RM 499,100 with the optional BMW Service & Repair Inclusive 5-year Extended Warranty and Service Package. It is worth highlighting however that an 8-year/160,000 km battery warranty is to be included even without procuring the aforementioned extended aftersales option. 

Other ownership good-to-knows here too that BMW has since mentioned is for the i5 M60 xDrive can be owned with a monthly instalment plan starting from RM 6,295.00 (based on estimates of an 80% loan on a five-year tenure), through its Easy Drive Financing Plan from BMW Group Financial Services Malaysia. Customers can also benefit from a RM 10,000 cash rebate upon registering for the Easy Drive Financing from now until 30th June 2024.

There is further the option as well of the BMW Straight-Line Financing Plan, where customers can own the i5 M60 xDrive with a monthly instalment plan starting from RM5,639.00 (based on estimates of an 80% loan on a seven-year tenure). 

In BMW’s own words now, its i5 M60 xDrive arrives as a sophisticated blend of modernity and performance with its striking design. With new standout M performance characteristics, the premium electric business sedan commands attention and provides dynamic prowess on the roads.

Propulsion for this flagship performance variant of the i5 is to made possible through a motor on each of its axles, which churns out a combined 601 hp and 795 Nm of torque. All that oomph is supposedly sufficient in seeing it tie a BYD Seal Performance in the century sprint (with a time of 3.8 seconds), before eventually topping out at 230 km/h. 

Discussing what powers said motors meanwhile, the i5 M60 xDrive packs an 83.9 kWh battery pack that sees it yield a maximum WLTP-rated range of 516 km. This e-sedan is equipped in Malaysia with 22 kW AC charging, to complement its 205 kW DC maximum input.

With this being an M-badged variant, the i5 M60 xDrive nets a few performance-enhancing accoutrements that include Adaptive M Suspension Professional (incorporating Active Roll Stabilisation and Active Roll Comfort) and integral active rear-wheel steering. Among the more noteworthy enhancements to differentiate it aesthetically from its common counterparts meanwhile are to be a slat-less gloss black kidney grille with illuminated surrounds up front, 21-inch BMW Individual style 954 two-tone alloy wheels with red brake calipers down its side and smoked LED taillights round its rump. 

Finally finishing within now, the cockpit of this i5 M60 xDrive adds lashings of carbon fibre and a red stripe on its M sport flat-bottomed steering wheel to further highlight its sporty nature. There is however little on the comfort and convenience tech front to differentiate this flagship to its more sensible eDrive40 lower tier, with both sharing much the same BMW Curved Display (incorporating a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel and 14.9-inch central infotainment screen), an 18-speaker 655 W Bowers & Wilkins Surround Sound System and Driving Assistance Professional active driver aid suite. 

The i5 M60 xDrive is to be available in 8 different metallic exterior hues: Black Sapphire Metallic, Mineral White Metallic, Brooklyn Grey Metallic, Phytonic Blue Metallic, Sophisto Grey Metallic, Oxide Grey Metallic, Cape York Green Metallic, and Fire Red Metallic. This flagship trim of BMW mid-sized e-sedan also features premium upholstery options consisting of the Leather Merino Black/Atlas Grey, Leather Merino Copper Brown/Atlas Grey as well as the Leather Merino Silverstone/Atlas Grey.

Joshua Chin

Automotive journalist. Professional work on and Personal writing found at Instagram: @driveeveryday

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