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BMW shows off plug-in 5 Series

Wednesday 21 December 2016, By Autovolo

BMW shows off plug-in 5 Series

BMW shows off plug-in 5 Series

BMW has revealed the new 5 Series plug-in hybrid ahead of the car becoming available to order in January.

The 530e iPerformance utilises a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine and an electric motor to manage a six-second sprint from 0-60mph and a 146mph top speed.

However, with a 29-mile pure-electric range, the car returns 141.2mpg on the combined cycle and emits 46g of carbon dioxide per kilometre.

From the outside, there’s little to hint that this is the environmentally friendly version, save for blue strakes on the grille, the charging socket on the front wing and the eDrive logos on the door pillars.

Inside, the 530e is set apart from its conventionally fuelled brethren by the eDrive lettering on the door sills and the eDrive button on the centre console.

This button is key to the 530e’s driving experience, working in conjunction with the standard car’s Driving Experience Control switch to dictate how the car uses its electrical power.

On start-up, the 530e is automatically set to Auto eDrive mode, which combines petrol and electric power to provide a balance between performance and economy.

However, the driver can choose to put the car into the Max eDrive setting, which runs solely on electric power, only using the engine if the extra power is needed.

There’s also a Battery Control mode, allowing the driver to maintain a pre-determined battery level to retain energy for a later section of the journey.