BMW continues to expand its line of plug-in hybrids based on 5-Series with the introduction of the BMW 545e xDrive today, August 12.
The novelty is equipped with a hybrid unit consisting of a 6-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology and an output of 286 hp, and a synchronous 109 hp electric motor. Thus, the total capacity of the plant, which is operated together with an 8-speed Steptronic transmission and intelligent all-wheel drive BMW xDrive, is 394 hp and 600 Nm of torque.
According to the German manufacturer, the 545e xDrive can accelerate up to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds at a top speed of 250 km/h. At the same time, the sedan can accelerate up to a maximum of 140 km/h and drive 54 - 57 km on a single charge only on electric traction. The average fuel consumption of the new model is 2.1 - 2.4 liters per 100 km of travel.
545e xDrive also offers different driving modes. So, there is a mode Hybrid, which is standard and provides a balanced use of the internal combustion engine and electric motor. There is also mode Hybrid Eco Pro, which is focused on improving efficiency. In addition, there are modes such as Sport, which uses full performance, and Electric - only on electric traction. It is worth saying that, like the other electrified BMW models, the 545e xDrive has a driving sound simulation function to alert pedestrians and other road users.
At present, the cost and start date of sales of the BMW 545e xDrive remain unknown.