BMW Extends 5-Series PHEV Range

BMW’s 5 Series now features more PHEV powertrains than any other of its model range.

The automaker will increase the PHEV offering from two to five models by November 2020 in line with its ten-year plan for sustainability. The latest generation of BMW eDrive technology works in conjunction with a four-cylinder gasoline engine power the BMW 530e plug-in hybrid models launched this July.

November will see the unveiling of the top-of-the range new BMW 545e xDrive Saloon  claiming a combined fuel consumption 134mpg (114mpg US) and CO2 emissions of 49 g/km. It features a synchronous electric motor delivering a maximum power output of 106bhp, which is combined with a straight six-cylinder gasoline twin-turbo charged engine, together generating an overall system output of 390bhp.

Maximum system torque is 442ft-lbs and it claims a 0-62mph sprint time of 4.7 seconds on the way to an electrically limited top speed of 155mph. Power is distributed adaptively to all four wheels through an 8-speed Steptronic transmission.

The system also claims an electric only range of up to 35 miles using a 400V lithium-ion battery which is positioned under the rear seat in order to save space. With a luggage volume of 410-liters, the transport capacity of the BMW 545e xDrive is only slightly smaller than of those model variants which are fitted with a conventional engine.

Alongside this model, the automaker will also launch its new BMW 530e Touring claiming a combined fuel consumption 148mpg (123mpg US) and CO2 of emissions 43 g/km. Its four-wheel-drive variant 530e xDrive Touring suggests a combined fuel consumption 134mpg (112mpg US) and CO2 emissions of 49 g/km.

Models will feature the BMW eDrive Zone service with automatic switching over of the drive system to purely electric mode when entering an urban low-emission zone and similar inner-city areas. Navigation systems displays public charging points where the driver is provided with a forecast on its occupation status as well as recommendations for nearby restaurants or cafés.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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