BMW has officially expanded its executive Series 5 lineup with the launch of two new plug-in hybrid variants, namely the 530e and 550e. With the previous generation offering a blend of internal combustion and electric drivetrains, this move furthers BMW’s dedication to hybrid technology in its Bavarian fleet.
The first of these new introductions, the 530e, couples a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine with an electric motor, delivering an impressive 299 horsepower and a torque of 450 Nm. It boasts an acceleration time from 0 to 100 km/h in just 6.3 seconds and has a top speed of 230 km/h. When operating purely in electric mode, the 530e claims a range of 93 to 103 kilometers as per WLTP standards, and its maximum speed gets capped at 140 km/h.
The more robust version, the 550e xDrive, combines a 3.0-liter 6-cylinder gasoline engine with its electric counterpart. This powerhouse setup churns out a whopping 489 horsepower and a torque of 700 Nm. It can dash from 0 to 100 km/h in a mere 4.3 seconds, with a top speed limited to 250 km/h. However, in electric mode, its range slightly reduces, offering between 83 to 90 kilometers under WLTP guidelines.
Both models come powered by a battery boasting a usable capacity of 19.4 kWh, which can be fully charged in a convenient 3 hours and 15 minutes.
With these hybrid additions, BMW continues to solidify its position at the forefront of luxury, performance, and eco-friendly innovation.