BMW 5 Series plug-in hybrid coming

BMW Ireland is introducing a plug-in hybrid variant of the new generation 5 Series at a starting price of €55,900 OTR, writes Brian Byrne.

The 530e iPerformance will offer up to 50km of driving on electric power alone, and the total power output from the drivetrain will be 252hp. A 6.2s acceleration to 100km/h is claimed to be achievable.

Full charge of the battery from a standard power supply is less than five hours, and with a high-speed charging unit it will charge in under three hours.

A wireless charging unit, over which the car is parked, will be available as an option in 2018.

As in other PHEV BMW models, the system can be set for full use in EV mode, or in a charging mode to top up the battery in advance of arriving at an urban area where EV use is most efficient.

The 530e iPerformance can be ordered with all the driver assistance systems available in other variants.

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