Here's What You Need to Know About the BMW 530e Touring Wagon PHEV
【Summary】Photos of a touring wagon version of BMW's best selling plug-in hybrid 530e iPerformance have surfaced online and here's what we know about it so far.
German luxury carmaker BMW doesn't seem to be wasting any time in putting its electrification plan in action. The carmaker already has all hands on deck with the upcoming plug-in-hybrid (PHEV) X5 SUV and 3-Series sedan, along with hybrid 7-Series and its set of new electric vehicle projects, which include the iNEXT, i4, iX3, and the Electric MINI.
Reports from Munich also indicate that BMW might launch the i7 electric car by the 2022. Recently pictures of a touring wagon version of the automaker's best selling plug-in hybrid model the 530e iPerformance surfaced online. Unfortunately, it is unclear if this PHEV might make its way to the U.S.
The development of the 530e iPerformance touring wagon was prompted by the popularity of the BMW 530e Performance sedan model. The plug-in hybrid 5-Series wagon will be introduced alongside other iPerformance PHEVs such as the 740e and 330e.
It is possible that BMW will showcase the upcoming 530e iPerformance wagon at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show in March. A prototype of the upcoming wagon was spotted uncamouflaged during winter test runs.
Aesthetically, the 5-Series touring wagon is not much different from the standard car other than the plug-in port, which has been moved to the front left fender. Under the hood, the 530e iPerformance touring will get a 2-liter four cylinder turbocharged powerplant, which will work in tandem with the car's electric motor to produce a combined power output of 248 HP. The PHEV wagon shares this powertrain with its sedan sibling.
The hybrid motor offers 309 ft lbs of peak torque, which helps accelerate the 530e iPerformance from 0 to 60 mph in under 6.1 seconds. The electric powertrain will come mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters.
It is also likely that the 530e Touring Wagon will come with the same 9.2 kWh battery pack found in the sedan version. The battery pack can be completely charged in under 7 hours using a standard 120-volt power outlet. The same charge can be attained in just under 3 hours using a Level-2 charger.
Last year BMW unveiled its wireless charging mat which is compatible with the 530e iPerformance sedan and therefore it will probably also work with the wagon as well.
Manish Kharinta is a automotive writer based in the Los Angeles area. He has worked for automotive industry websites TheSmokingClutch.com, CarDekho.com and CarBikeindia.com. His experience ranges from covering auto shows, to car reviews and breaking automotive news. Manish aims to bring forth his unique perspective on automotive design and technological innovations in the automotive industry.
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