The BMW 5-Series is extending with the inclusion of two new PHEV models. Dubbed the 530e and the 550e xDrive, these plug-in-hybrids can be pre-ordered right now in Germany. The most recent BMW eDrive plug-in hybrid technology is available in these variants. The core of the 530e comprises a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a 19.4kWh battery pack, and an electric motor. It also has an eight-speed automatic transmission. On the other side, the 550e xDrive has an in-line six-cylinder engine, a stronger electric motor, and an all-wheel drive. BMW IconicSounds Electric and 19-inch light alloy wheels are among the standard features of the new PHEV sedans. Let's dive into the specs of these upcoming models, which are set to launch in November.
BMW 530e, 550e xDrive: Powertrain
The upcoming models include the new BMW eDrive plug-in hybrid technology, which is paired with the 530e's four-cylinder petrol engine and the 550e xDrive's in-line six-cylinder gasoline mill.
The 530e variant's plug-in hybrid arrangement consists of a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a 19.4kWh battery, an electric motor, and an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The car's combined output with this configuration is 291bhp and 450Nm. Further, the car claims to reach a high speed of 230km/h and accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in 6.3 seconds. Also, it asserts to offer a 103-kilometre all-electric driving range.
The BMW 550e xDrive comes with an all-wheel drive system, a 3.0-litre inline-six engine, and a more powerful electric motor. This model offers impressive acceleration, with the ability to go from 0 to 100km/h in just 4.3 seconds. It has performance figures of 476bhp and 700Nm, and can travel up to 90 kilometre on pure electric power. Further, the top speed is electronically limited to 250km/h.
The 5 Series has a high-voltage lithium-ion battery that is installed in the underbody to enhance the balance and storage capacity of the vehicle. The battery can hold a maximum of 19.4kWh of useful energy and takes around 3 hours and 15 minutes to fully charge. The automaker has implemented adaptive recuperation, allowing the battery to recover energy while driving.
BMW 530e, 550e xDrive: Features and Market Availability
The BMW 550e xDrive model is equipped with the Adaptive Chassis Professional system as a standard feature. The system includes Integral Active Steering, electronically controlled shock absorbers, and a lowered suspension. The new BMW 530e Sedan and BMW 550e xDrive Sedan have some standard features, including 19-inch light alloy wheels and BMW's IconicSounds Electric. These models will be available starting from November 2023 in Germany.