BMW introduces new 290kW/600Nm model to headline 5 Series hybrid range

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• BMW to expands its 5 Series hybrid range to five models.

• The 545e xDrive is the newest addition,with outputs of 290kW/600Nm.

• This new model has an electric range of up to 57km.

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By November 2020, BMW will have expanded its 5 Series line-up with five hybrid models.

The newest plug-in hybrid, named the 545e xDrive, will be powered by the automaker's in-line six-cylinder 3.0-litre petrol engine. Coupled with a 400Vlithium-ion battery, total system output stands at 290kW and 600Nm of torque.

BMW says that the car has a pure-electric range of 54 - 57km and will return a best fuel economy of 2.1-litres/100km. Though fuel-efficient, BMW claims a 0 - 100km/h time of 4.7 seconds, making it the fastest of all BMW's six-cylinder plug-in hybrids.

BMW 545e xDrive

2021 BMW 545e xDrive (NewsPress)

Ten-year plan

BMW says that it plans to adhere to a ten-year plan for sustainability set by the Paris Climate Agreement; a goal that's to be reached by 2030. In 2019, BMW said, more than 500 000 electrified vehicles were sold globally, and its 5 Series plug-in hybrid models were the most successful in the BMW Group's portfolio worldwide with almost 50 000 units sold.

BMW is showing its commitment to this plan by expanding the 5 Series range with more hybrid models.

Co2 emissions and consumption

BMW 530e Saloon: combined fuel consumption: 1.8 - 1.7-litres/100km | combined power consumption: 14.8 - 13.7kWh/100km | combined CO2 emissions: 42 - 39 g/km*

BMW 530e xDrive Saloon: combined fuel consumption: 2.1 - 2.0-litres/100km | combined power consumption: 16.4 - 15.9kWh/100km | combined CO2 emissions: 49 - 46 g/km*

BMW 530e Touring: combined fuel consumption: 2.1 -1.9-litres/100km | combined power consumption: 15.9 - 14.9kWh/100km | combined CO2 emissions: 47 - 43g/km*

BMW 530e xDrive Touring: combined fuel consumption: 2.3 - 2.1-litres/100km | combined power consumption: 16.9 - 15.9Wh/100km | combined CO2 emissions: 52 - 49 g/km*

BMW 545e xDrive Sedan: combined fuel consumption: 2.4 -2.1-litres/100km | combined power consumption: 16.3 - 15.3kWh/100km | combined CO2 emissions: 54 - 49g/km*

*Provisional figures

At the time of publishing, BMW South Africa had not yet responded on the 545e xDrive's status for our market.

BMW 545e xDrive

2021 BMW 545e xDrive (NewsPress)

Compiled by: Charlen Raymond

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