Hybrid power for the BMW that means business
THE BMW 5 Series is arguably the world’s most successful executive car, blending power, style and quality. Now a plug-in hybrid version is on the way.
It will go on sale in March costing from £43,985 and emissions will, of course, be low: 46g/km. And it will have a pure-electric range of 29 miles, meaning most commuters who can re-charge at work will never use petrol.
The interaction between the combustion engine and the electric drive, which together generate 252bhp, gives the BMW 530e Saloon rapid acceleration while offering a huge reduction in fuel consumption and emissions.
The car offers 141.2mpg on a combined route and power delivery is said to be on a par with a large combustion engine.
The electric motor has an output of 95bhp and maximum torque of 250Nm, while the four-cylinder 2.0 litre combustion engine generates 184bhp.
It is capable of 146mph and 0 to 60mph in 6.2 seconds.
The high-voltage battery pack, consisting of lithiumion cells, has been placed in a space-saving location underneath the rear seat.
The car offers 410 litres of boot capacity and a flat load compartment floor.