BMW’s latest crop of hybrid models showcased, featuring revised battery tech and four-wheel-drive for some models
BMW has revealed its latest range of plug-in hybrids at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, premiering five new models and two revised versions of the 530e. The new range features the German brand’s most up-to-date battery technology and a range of economy and efficiency improvements.
The BMW 530e plug-in hybrid gets a new lithium-ion battery, which provides an all-electric range around 40 miles – 11 miles more than the previous model. The revised 5 Series plug-in has a claimed economy figure of 166mpg and CO2 emissions of 38g/km.
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BMW also plans to introduce an all-wheel-drive version of the 530e from July 2019. Full specifications for the drivetrain are yet to be announced, but the German firm claims an all-electric range of 35 miles and economy of 149mpg.
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The new BMW X3 xDrive30e has also made its debut at Geneva. Powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine supported by an electric motor, it produces a combined power output of 244bhp. BMW claims that this figure can be temporarily increased by 40bhp through use a ‘boost’ function built into the the electric motor.
Power is put to the road via an eight-speed automatic gearbox and xDrive four-wheel drive, allowing a claimed 0–62mph sprint of 6.5 seconds. The X3 xDrive30e also offers an all-electric driving mode, good for a claimed 31 miles. Emissions stand at 56g/km of CO2.
Revised editions of the BMW X5 xDrive45e, 330e, 225xe and 7 Series hybrid were also shown on BMW’s stand at the Geneva show. All five models are fitted with BMW’s latest lithium-ion battery technology, as well as a range of drivetrain updates.
Updates for the range include a revised 383bhp six-cylinder hybrid powertrain for the latest X5 xDrive45e, a longer all-electric range for the hybrid 7 Series and better fuel consumption and emissions for the 330e. Also, all models now feature a battery charge indicator on their digital instrument binnacles when charging.
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