BMW has revealed photographs and details of its new plug-in hybrid business saloon, the 530e iPerformance.

The new 5 Series was launched recently with a reworked chassis and a range of economical and performance-orientated engines. However, the new plug-in hybrid variant was not available from launch.

With its launch early next year getting closer, BMW has released more information. The saloon car marries a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine with an electric motor for a combined output of 249bhp. The 530e achieves 141.2mpg on the combined cycle and emits just 46g/km of CO2.

Despite its green credentials, the 530e can perform the 0-60mph sprint in an impressive six seconds, before hitting a top speed of 146mph.

The electric motor has a range of 29 miles and can propel the car without assistance from the combustion engine at speeds of up to 87mph. Combine this electric range with the petrol tank and BMW says that the 530e’s real-world range is nearly 400 miles.

Both the electric motor and combustion engine transmit their power to the rear wheels via the standard eight-speed automatic transmission, which allows the electric motor to utilise the gearbox for improved efficiency.

The high-voltage battery pack has been placed under the rear seats to help free up boot space. However, its 410 litres of luggage capacity is considerably less than the standard saloon’s 530 litres. It takes five hours to recharge from a standard domestic power socket, or under three hours when hooked up to a BMW i Wallbox unit.

The BMW 530e iPerformance will be available to order from mid-January, with prices starting at £43,985.

Darren Cassey


December 22, 2016

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