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BMW 545e xDrive Saloon

BMW 5 Series to include five plug-in hybrid models

The BMW 5 Series model range will include five plug-in hybrid models by November 2020, including the new BMW 545e xDrive Saloon, with a straight six-cylinder petrol engine and four-wheel drive.

With an increase from two to five models featuring plug-in hybrid drive, the new BMW 5 Series offers the largest range of PHEVs within one BMW Group model series.

The latest generation of BMW eDrive technology in conjunction with a four-cylinder petrol engine powers the BMW 530e plug-in hybrid models. July 2020 saw the launch of the new BMW 530e Saloon (combined CO2 emissions: 42 – 39 g/km) and the new BMW 530e xDrive Saloon (combined CO2 emissions: 49 – 46 g/km).

In November 2020, the new BMW 530e Touring (combined CO2 emissions: 47 – 43 g/km) and the new BMW 530e xDrive Touring (combined CO2 emissions: 52 – 49 g/km) will be launched.

The new BMW 545e xDrive Saloon has an electric range of 33–34 miles and combined CO2 emissions of 54 – 49 g/km. It features an electric motor delivering a maximum power output of 80 kW/109 hp, which is combined with a straight six-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology and 210 kW/286 hp, together generating an overall system output of 290 kW/394 hp. Power is distributed as required to all four wheels via an 8-speed Steptronic transmission and BMW xDrive four-wheel drive. Maximum system torque is 600 Nm and top speed is reached at 155 mph, whilst a speed of 87 mph is possible in purely electric operation. From a standstill, the new BMW 545e xDrive accelerates to a speed of 62 mph in just 4.7 seconds.

The BMW eDrive Zone service facilitates the automatic switching over of the drive system to purely electric mode when entering an urban low-emission zone and similar inner-city areas. Local emission-free driving with a BMW plug-in hybrid model is rewarded through the globally unique loyalty programme BMW Points.

Apart from petrol stations, the navigation system also displays public charging points. When selecting a charging station, the driver is also provided with a forecast on its occupation status as well as recommendations for nearby restaurants or cafés. BMW enables BMW Charging customers to reserve an enabled charging station for a limited period of time.

With a ten-year plan for sustainability, the BMW Group is underscoring its commitment to the goals of the Paris climate agreement, the main focus being on the expansion of electric mobility. More than 500,000 electrified vehicles were sold by the end of 2019 and this figure will most likely rise to over 1 million by the end of 2021. The BMW 5 Series makes a substantial contribution towards achieving both past and future goals. With almost 50,000 units, BMW 5 Series plug-in hybrid models were the most successful electrified models in the BMW Group’s portfolio worldwide in 2019.