BMW has just unveiled in full the technical details of its plug-in hybrid saloon, the G30 BMW 530e iPerformance. Introduced back in December 2016, the 530e is going to be the next big news in Malaysia, so let’s dive into the details.
Motivating this business saloon is a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder with 184 hp and 290 Nm paired to an electric motor with 113 hp and 250 Nm. Combined, the eDrive system has a rated output of 252 hp and 420 Nm of torque. Power is channelled to the rear wheels via an eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission. The 530e boasts a century sprint time of 6.2 seconds and a 235 km/h top speed.
A 9.2 kWh lithium-ion battery pack delivers 46 km of pure electric range with a maximum speed of 140 km/h. In hybrid mode, BMW claims that the 530e is able to return 1.9L/100 km and has a real-world driving range of 650 km. A full charge (from empty) takes just under five hours from a standard domestic power socket or under three hours when plugged to a BMW i Wallbox.
From 2018 onwards, BMW will be offering BMW Wireless Charging as an option. The wireless charging pad can be installed anywhere, outdoors included, and is capable of delivering a full charge (from empty) in 3.5 hours!
BMW also announced that the 530e can be had with semi-autonomous driving features when the optional Active Cruise Control and Steering and Lane Control Assistant is specified. With these systems equipped, the vehicle is able to actively maintain a safe distance, accelerate, brake and stay in lane at speeds of up to 210 km/h.
Locally, BMW Group Malaysia has recently launched the G30 5 Series 530i M Sport as a fully imported model. Considering that the company has the locally assembled 740Le xDrive, X5 xDrive40e and 330e on offer, it is only a matter of time before the fully decked out, competitively priced 530e iPerformance joins the plug-in hybrid line-up. Even more so after Mercedes-Benz Malaysia has announced their plans to introduce the E 350 e.