Just a few weeks after the new BMW 5 Series was launched, the new 530e iPerformance will arrive here priced from €55,900 including the SEAI grant of €5,000 and VRT rebate €2,500.
It is a plug-in hybrid variant which also allows an electric only driving range of up to 50kms with zero local emissions. It promises fuel consumption of 1.9 l/100 km or 149mpg and provisional CO2 emissions of just 44 g/km.
The new 530e iPerformance also features a Digital Charging Service where BMW claims to be the world’s first car maker to offer cost-efficient charging. On each occasion, the charging process is managed so that the vehicle always has access to full battery capacity at the required departure time – and, if desired, allows the cabin temperature to be pre-conditioned.
Their Digital Charging Service is based on two core functions: optimising battery charging in terms of both tariffs and the use of solar power. In addition, BMW Wireless Charging for the high-voltage battery will be made available as an option for the BMW 530e iPerformance from 2018.
BMW says that the 530e iPerformance is the most innovative model in its class and offers a wealth of driver assistance systems. It says that for its power source, their trailblazing eDrive technology teams up with a BMW ‘TwinPower’ Turbo petrol engine. BMW says that this creates an exceptionally economical and powerful plug-in hybrid drive system that fits perfectly with the dynamic, smooth and efficient character profile of the new BMW 5 Series.
The BMW 530e iPerformance is the sixth member of a growing portfolio of iPerformance models that the German premium carmaker says have proved a hit with customers. Its exemplary environmental credentials have been recognised in the form of ISO certification.
BMW says that power delivery is on a par with a high-displacement combustion engine. The eDrive system’s state-of-the-art electric motor and combustion engine propels the BMW 530e iPerformance from 0 to 100 km/h or 0-62mph in 6.2 seconds and enable it to reach a top speed of 235 km/h.
It claims that the 530e iPerformance has a range of up to 650kms in real-world driving and is capable of covering distances of up to 50kms purely on electric power at a maximum speed of 140 km/h. The electric motor and combustion engine direct their power to the saloon’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.
The high-voltage battery pack consisting of lithium-ion cells with a total capacity of 9.2 kWh has been placed in a space-saving location underneath the rear seat and includes efficient refrigerant cooling with a highly integrated low-temperature circuit.
Thanks to the battery’s clever installation, the BMW 530e iPerformance offers 410 litres of boot capacity and a flat load compartment floor. The high-voltage battery of the BMW 530e iPerformance can be fully charged in under five hours from a standard domestic power socket and in under three hours if it is hooked up to a BMW i Wallbox (3.7 kW charging capacity).
In line with other iPerformance models, there are a number of tell-tale visual signs of the cutting-edge drive technology under the bonnet of the new BMW 530e iPerformance. Blue kidney grille slats, blue wheel hub covers, the charging socket located between the front wheel arch and the A-pillar on the driver’s side, the “eDrive” emblems on the C-pillars and, of course, the “530e” badge on the boot lid are the most noticeable.
When passengers open the doors, they are welcomed by illuminated sill panels bearing “eDrive” lettering and an interior that mirrors the sporty elegance of the exterior design, just as it does on all variants of the business saloon. The BMW 530e iPerformance additionally comes with an eDrive button on the centre console, along with specially designed displays for both the instrument cluster in front of the driver and the central information screen.