Hy­brid power for the BMW that means busi­ness

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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