Published on September 28th, 2023 | by Subhash Nair


BMW 5 Series PHEV Variants Debut – 530e And 550e xDrive Coming

The latest iteration of the BMW 5 Series now comes with a plug-in hybrid variant too, still called the 530e.

BMW has been slowly electrifying their mainstream products. 2 generations ago, the F10 was the first BMW 5 Series to feature a hybrid powertrain. Then with the outgoing G30 generation we got the first ever plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV). Now with the G60, we have an all-electric ‘i5‘. Not only that but they’re also expanding the offering of PHEV models. Now there will be a 530e as well as a 550e xDrive.

bmw 550e front face phev 5 series g60

The two PHEVs feature technological upgrades over the outgoing model and are built around the latest Efficient Dynamics modular engines. While the 530e retains the familiar name and 4-cylinder, rear-wheel drive drivetrain, the 550e xDrive spices things up with a 6-cylinder motor and an all-wheel drive setup. Pricing is set at 65,300 euros (RM322,819.39) for the 530e and 77,300 euros (RM382,201.24) for the 550e xDrive.

BMW has innovated on the electrified aspects in this vehicle. The 280Nm of torque generated by the electric motor in these PHEVs is ramped up to 450Nm by means of a ‘pre-transmission’. The battery is stowed under the vehicle body for this generation, allowing for a full 520L boot size. Maximum capacity is now 19.4 kWh and the charging power is now 7.4kW, allowing for a 100% recharge in 3 hours and 15 minutes. With a 3-pin domestic plug, a full charge will take nearly half a day, highlighting the continued need for a home wallbox. BMW’s latest adaptive recuperation here takes navigation and sensor data to adjust itself accordingly.

In terms of output, the 530e does 299hp and 450Nm of torque, enabling a 0-100km/h time of 6.3 seconds and a top speed of 230km/h and full electric driving at 140km/h. Pure electric driving range is now 93 to 103 kilometers on the WLTP cycle.

As for the 550e xDrive, the system generates 489hp and 700Nm of torque. The top speed is electronically capped at 250km/h and the century sprint is done in just 4.3 seconds. This model can also drive on pure electric power at up to 140km/h, but it has a weaker range of just 83 to 90 kilometers per WLTP’s testing methodology.

In terms of equipment, the 530e and 550e get more toys than the standard 5 Series models. 19″ light alloy wheels and BMW IconicSounds Electric by Hans Zimmer are just some of the additional items the 530e now features. As for the 550e xDrive, standard kit now includes Adaptive Chassis Professional (electronically controlled shock absorbers, lowered suspension, Integral Active Steering) and the BMW Interaction Bar.

What do you think of the new BMW 5 Series PHEV models? Are they still relevant to the Malaysian market now that the all-electric i5 is available without import tax and excise duties?

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