Published on January 4th, 2018 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


BMW 530e plugin hybrid, just months away from launch in Malaysia

This sedan will generate a lot more interest to affluent Malaysian buyers when it is launched in the coming months simply because it will get the hybrid tax incentives which will make it cheaper to buy over its petrol powered 530i sibling.

The BMW 530e right hand drive production numbers are only just coming through this January 2018. The BMW 530e shares the same powertrain as the popular BMW 330e, which is an excellent car given its selling price and offers good power and economy whilst being priced to reach more corporate buyers and BMW enthusiasts.

Its eDrive system which combines a 184bhp turbocharged, direct-injected 2.0-liter inline-4 petrol engine good for 320Nm of torque with an electric motor and a 9.2-kWh lithium-ion battery pack which will give drivers a 0-100km/h run time of just 6-seconds and be able to travel about 50 km/h on just battery power when fully charged. The electric motor and combustion engine direct their power to the sedan’s rear wheels via the standard eight-speed Steptronic transmission. Positioning the electric motor upstream from the transmission allows the transmission’s ratios to be used in all-electric mode too. This dispenses with the need for a torque converter, something that goes a long way towards offsetting the weight penalty of the additional drive unit.

BMW says charging takes 3hours when plugged into a 240-volt outlet and less than 5-hours on a standard 120-volt wall socket just like with its younger sibling the 330e.

Pricing for this new sedan might be below RM388,888.00 but we are just taking an estimate.

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