BMW i5 production has officially commenced ahead of first deliveries later this year. The electric saloon is being manufactured at BMW Group Plant Dingolfing, which is the automaker's largest European production site.

A mid-sized saloon, the i5 sits in between the i4 and i7 in BMW's all-electric lineup. It will be sold alongside the identical but petrol-powered 5-Series.

Pricing for the i5 will start at £74,105 in the UK. That gets you the i5 eDrive40 M Sport, which is rear-wheel drive and has an estimated WLTP range of between 312 and 357 miles. The eDrive40 M Sport produces 340 bhp, allowing for a 0-60 miles per hour time of 5.7 seconds. 

Gallery: BMW i5 M60 xDrive (2023)

The i5 features plenty of innovative technology, all of which is powered by BMW's brand-new OS 8.5 software. The interior is dominated by a 14.9-inch infotainment touchscreen and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. Like in Teslas, owners can access streaming services and even play video games in their i5s when parked.

The i5 is also available with a hands-free driver assistance package, dubbed Driving Assistance Professional. The ADAS system allows i5 owners to drive hands-free on highways at speeds of up to 85 mph. Interestingly, it can change lanes and automatically turn on indicators if the driver signals to do so by looking at either rearview mirror. An interior camera constantly monitors the driver's attention, with warnings being sent if they start to lose focus.