BMW unveils first plug-in hybrid 5 Series

BMW 530e

German manufacturer BMW has announced the introduction of the 530e iPerformance saloon, which will be the first plug-in hybrid version of the 5 Series range.

Using technology found in the 'i' electric range, BMW's aim is to make the 5 Series more efficient and offer all-electric mobility to help reduce its environmental impact.
With the 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and the eDrive electric motor, the 530e can produce up to 252bhp with both units combined. On its own the electric motor has a 95bhp output, whilst the petrol-powered engine can produce 184bhp.

Thanks to the joint power of the electric and petrol motors, the 530e can achieve a combined mpg of 141.2 and as little as 47.2 g/km of CO2 in emissions.

BMW unveils first plug-in hybrid 5 Series

BMW unveils first plug-in hybrid 5 Series

With the Driving Experience Control, the driver can choose from Sport, Comfort and Eco Pro modes that uses both motors to get the right driving feel, while with the eDrive system, the driver can choose from Auto eDrive, Max eDrive and Battery Control to get the performance they need from the electric motor.

BMW has added minor design details to distinguish it from the regular 5 Series, such as the blue kidney grille slats in line with other 'i' models and the eDrive badges around the car.

Inside, the 530e comes with a 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen that also be controlled by the iDrive controller and, as an optional extra, BMW Gesture Control. Assistance systems also come aplenty, such as lane change assistant, lane keeping assistant and active side collision protection. Optional systems include active cruise control and steering and lane control assist.

This new version of the 5 Series will be available to order from January 2017, with prices starting from £43,985.

Written by Jack Healy