BMW 530e iPerformance

BMW has released full details and more photos of the plug-in hybrid version of the G30 5 Series, the BMW 530e iPerformance. The eco-friendly executive sedan joins the 225xe Active Tourer, 330e, 740e and X5 xDrive40e in Munich’s iPerformance lineup.

At the heart of the car sits a 184 hp/320 Nm 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, paired with a 113 hp/250 Nm electric motor to produce total system output of 252 hp and 420 Nm of torque – identical in power and an increase of 70 Nm compared to the petrol-powered 530i.

The electric motor is integrated to the ZF eight-speed automatic transmission, which allows the ratios to be used in all-electric mode and negates the need for a torque converter – helping to offset the additional weight of the electric powertrain.

BMW 530e iPerformance

As such, the 530e is capable of sprinting from zero to 100 km/h in just 6.2 seconds (identical to the 530i) before hitting a top speed of 235 km/h. The company has also finally revealed the combined fuel consumption figure on the European NEDC cycle, which is as low as 1.9 litres per 100 km depending on the tyres used. Carbon dioxide emissions are quoted at 44 grams per kilometre.

Under the rear seats sits a 9.2 kWh lithium-ion battery with highly integrated low-temperature circuit and refrigerant cooling. As such, the 530e is capable of running in electric mode at speeds of up to 140 km/h, and has an all-electric range of 47 km. Real-world range in hybrid mode is pegged at 644 km.

BMW says that charging the battery takes under five hours from a domestic socket, or under three hours with the 3.7 kW BMW i Wallbox. From next year, the car will also be offered with BMW Wireless Charging, which consists of a base pad with an integrates primary coil, as well as a secondary coil under the car. With a charging rate of up to 3.2 kW, the system can charge the battery in around three and a half hours.

BMW 530e iPerformance

As with its other iPerformance siblings, the 530e has three drive modes for the powertrain. The car starts in the default Auto eDrive mode, which optimises the usage of the petrol engine and electric motor and allows for an all-electric top speed of 90 km/h. Meanwhile, Max eDrive uses the electric motor solely, only engaging the petrol mill in when the throttle’s kickdown switch is activated – handy when overtaking, for example.

Lastly, Battery Control reserves battery charge for later use, for example in city driving. Unlike the 330e, which will only charge the battery up to 50% in its Save Battery mode, the 530e will also be able to charge the battery up to full, using the electric motor as a generator – the target charge level can be set anywhere between 30% and 100%.

BMW 530e iPerformance

The 530e also benefits from BMW Digital Charging Service, which optimises battery charging by taking into account electricity tariffs, ensuring lowest possible electricity costs while also keeping cabin temperature pre-conditioned. The system can also use the Wallbox Connect to charge the battery using solar power, using the system’s output data and the latest weather forecast to predict the amount of solar power available.

The 530e will likely be offered on sale in Malaysia, locally-assembled to reap the tax breaks offered under the Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV) scheme, following in the footsteps of the 330e, X5 xDrive40e and the recently-introduced 740Le. Just as well, as Mercedes-Benz is also slated to introduce the E 350 e in the third quarter of this year, so it’s set to be quite a battle indeed in the executive market.