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As part of its commitment to electrification, BMW extends the 5 Series range with a new top of the range plug-in hybrid model - the 545e xDrive Sedan.

13 Aug 2020 | International News : Germany

With a 10-year plan for sustainability, the BMW Group is underscoring its commitment to the goals of the Paris climate agreement, with the main focus being on the expansion of electric mobility.

The BMW 5 Series makes a substantial contribution towards achieving both past and future goals. With almost 50,000 units sold, BMW 5 Series plug-in hybrid models were the most successful electrified models in the BMW Group's portfolio worldwide in 2019.

The BMW 545e xDrive Sedan's twin-turbocharged engine combines with the synchronous electric motor to generate a total of 389bhp
With an increase from two to five models featuring innovative plug-in hybrid drive by November 2020, the new BMW 5 Series offers the largest range of plug-in hybrids within one BMW Group model series.

The new BMW 545e xDrive Sedan features a synchronous electric motor delivering a maximum power output of 107bhp, which is combined with an efficient straight six-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology producing 282bhp. Together, both units generate an overall system output of 389bhp.

Power is distributed as required to all four wheels via an eight-speed Steptronic transmission and intelligent BMW xDrive four-wheel drive. Maximum system torque is 600Nm and top speed is 250km/h, whilst a speed of 140km/h is possible in purely electric operation. From a standstill, the new BMW 545e xDrive accelerates to a speed of 100km/h in just 4.7 seconds. Thus, the BMW 545e xDrive clearly excels as the most dynamic of all BMW six-cylinder plug-in hybrids.

Various driving modes are simply selected by pressing the corresponding button on the centre console
Thanks to intelligently controlled interaction between both drive systems, the new BMW 545e xDrive combines the best of two worlds. It facilitates not only purely electric driving in urban traffic and efficient commuting between home and the workplace, but also excels through dynamic performance and comfortable long-distance travel.

With a purely electric range of 54km to 57km and an average fuel consumption of 2.4L/100km to 2.1L/100km, the new BMW 545e xDrive combines brand-typical driving dynamics and a high level of long-distance ride comfort with extremely efficient use of resources.

The latest plug-in hybrid model of the BMW 5 Series is fitted with a 400V lithium-ion battery that is positioned under the rear seat in order to save space. With a luggage volume of 410 litres, the transport capacity of the BMW 545e xDrive is only slightly smaller than of those model variants that are fitted with a conventional engine.

The new 'ready to drive sound' produced by the BMW 545e xDrive is the result of the collaboration with composer Hans Zimmer and is designed to trigger joyful anticipation of electric drive when the driver enters the vehicle and presses the Start/Stop button.

The 400V lithium-ion battery reduces the luggage volume only slightly to 410 litres
A distinctive sound created especially for electrified BMW models is used for the purpose of acoustic pedestrian protection, emitted via a speaker system. The sound design in the low speed range of up to 30km/h radiates a vibrant acoustic presence, though without impairing the acoustic comfort of vehicle occupants.

The BMW Group also offers innovative digital services that actively contribute towards increasing the attractiveness of electric driving even further.

The BMW eDrive Zone service facilitates the automatic switching over of the drive system to purely electric mode when entering an urban low-emission zone and similar inner-city areas. 

In addition, local emission-free driving with a BMW plug-in hybrid model is rewarded through the globally unique BMW Points loyalty programme. Preconditioning of the interior by means of auxiliary heating and air conditioning ensures optimised comfort during any season. If the preconditioning system is activated during the charging process after defining a specific departure time, the system also guarantees the full electric range in drive mode.

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