BMW expands 5 Series line-up with new plug-in hybrids
Executive saloon will spawn 530e and 550e models
BMW has announced the introduction of new plug-in hybrid versions of its popular 5 Series.
The new 5 Series was revealed earlier this year, with BMW only offering it as the electric i5 and standard 520i petrol at launch. However, given the popularity of plug-in hybrids in the previous generation, they are now being introduced to this new model.
There is the option of the 530e, which uses a four-cylinder petrol engine, or the new 550e xDrive, which uses a six-cylinder petrol unit instead.
Combined with an electric motor, the 530e produced 295bhp in all, while the 550e kicks out a healthy 482bhp, which allows for a 0-60mph time of just 4.1 seconds. Each model can travel at up to 87mph in purely electric operating mode too.
The new plug-in hybrids also boasts a larger 19.4kWh battery, which allows for a longer electric range of up to a claimed 62 miles, giving scope for low running costs,, With a 7.4kW onboard charger, they can charge quicker, now taking three hours and 15 minutes for a full charge with a home charger.
Though the 5 Series is currently only available as a saloon, a Touring estate car model will join the line-up in 2024.
The hybrids also come with additional standard equipment over the standard 520i petrol, including upgraded 19-inch alloy wheels and BMW ‘Iconic Sounds’, which is a specific electrical sound developed by composer Hans Zimmer for the firm’s hybrid and electric models.
With the 550e sitting at the top of the 5 Series range, these also boast adaptive suspension and active rear steering to improve manoeuvrability.
Prices for the new 530e start from £59,455, while the 545e comes in at a steep £76,605. The new plug-in hybrids can be ordered now alongside petrol and electric versions of the 5 Series, with a full introduction planned for November 2023.