BMW introduced its latest G60 BMW 5 Series to the world back in May in the form of the fully-electric i5 M60 and i5 eDrive40. Following the debut of the electric variants, BMW will also be showing to the world the PHEV variants of its all-new 5 Series – the BMW 530e and 550e at the upcoming IAA Mobility 2023 on September 1.
Powering the two upcoming PHEV executive sedans will be the brand’s four- and six-cylinder PHEV powertrains for the 530e and 550e respectively. The BMW 530e’s PHEV powertrain produces a maximum combined output of 299 hp. The BMW 550e’s integrated drive unit on the other hand produces 197 hp, contributing to a maximum combined output of 489 hp.
BMW’s own pre-gearing stage technology will also be making its way to the new PHEV G60 BMW 5 series. This technology enables the executive sedans’ nominal torque of 280 Nm to be increased to an effective torque of up to 350 Nm at the transmission input.
The compact electric motor is then able to boost torque by an amount which is traditionally only possible with larger electric motors. As a result, the BMW 530e and 550e are capable of accelerating faster off the line and putting in a rapid burst of speed.
Besides performance, the new PHEV BMW 5 Series is also claimed to be able to carry you further in pure electric vehicle (EV) mode. The BMW 550e’s electric range is now rated at up to 90 km (WLTP), while the BMW 530e’s WLTP range is rated at up to 101 km.
The German luxury carmaker says that it has positioned the 530e and 550e’s 19.4 kWh lithium-ion battery in a “space-saving manner”. This translates into the car’s lower centre of gravity, along with enhanced boot space at 520 litres. This boot space essentially matches the boot capacity offered by the pure combustion-engine 5 Series models.
In terms of charging, the upcoming BMW 530e and 550e’s maximum charging capacity has been doubled to 7.4 kW, as compared to the outgoing model. Charging from empty to full takes 3.0 hours while using a conventional domestic power socket does this in around 9.8 hours.
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