BMW Launches 2017 530e iPerformance In U.S., Arrives In March

DEC 19 2016 BY MARK KANE 15

BMW 530e iPerformance

BMW 530e iPerformance

BMW confirmed the unveiling of the all-new 530e iPerformance plug-in hybrid at the upcoming 2017 NAIAS in Detroit.

BMW 530e iPerformance

BMW 530e iPerformance

The German manufacturer intends to bring plug-in version of seventh generation BMW 5 Series to the market in March of 2017 – so not that long to wait at all.

One of the specifics we looked to BMW to disclose on the latest BMW plug-in hybrid was on pricing. Unfortunately, that information is apparently not available for public consumption as of yet, as BMW says it will release MSRP details closer to launch – perhaps in Detroit in January.

Check out our full recap and details specific to the model from its introduction in October here.

Further details released today on the 530e by BMW:

“The BMW 530e iPerformance is the most innovative model in its class and offers the full wealth of BMW 5 Series driver assistance systems – in all modes, including eDrive.

These systems are complemented by all the available comfort-enhancing features and excellent long-distance driving credentials, including a boot that can hold ample luggage for trips away. As for its power source, trailblazing BMW eDrive technology teams up with a BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol engine to create an exceptionally economical and powerful plug-in-hybrid drive system which fits in perfectly with the dynamic, smooth and efficient character profile of the new BMW 5 Series.

The iPerformance tag attached to all of BMW’s plug-in hybrid models bears testimony to the transfer of know-how from BMW i to the core brand’s cars. The BMW 530e iPerformance is the sixth member of a growing portfolio of iPerformance models that have proved a hit with customers.”

BMW 530e iPerformance

BMW 530e iPerformance

BMW 530e iPerformance quick specs

  • 9.2 kWh battery
  • range of up to 650 kilometres (404 miles) in real-world driving and is capable of covering distances of up to 50 kilometres (31 miles) in all-electric mode. Think ~30km/19 miles real world/EPA.
  • 0–100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.2 seconds
  • 235 km/h (146 mph) top speed and all-electric top speed of 140 km/h (87 mph)
  • electric motor (70 kW/95 hp and 250 Nm/184 lb-ft) combined with 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine (135 kW/184 hp and 320 Nm/236 lb-ft) for total system output of 185 kW/252 hp and 420 Nm/310 lb-ft)
  • Rear-wheel drive (RWD) via the standard eight-speed Steptronic transmission
  • can be fully charged in less than 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)
  • 410 litres of boot capacity
BMW 530e iPerformance

BMW 530e iPerformance

BMW 530e iPerformance

BMW 530e iPerformance

BMW 530e iPerformance

BMW 530e iPerformance

BMW 530e iPerformance

BMW 530e iPerformance

BMW 530e iPerformance

BMW 530e iPerformance

BMW 530e iPerformance

BMW 530e iPerformance

BMW 530e iPerformance

BMW 530e iPerformance

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15 Comments on "BMW Launches 2017 530e iPerformance In U.S., Arrives In March"

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Well, this car doesn’t do anything for me. The main thing I don’t care for is the body style. It just screams “old person” to me. But I’m sure some people will like it. The range could be better, but I’ll give it a pass if the EPA rates it with any number starting with a 2. (IE 20 miles or more)

Well remember there are different trim lines. Just as the 330e can be had in “M Sport” trim, I am sure this new 5 series can be also.

Look at the Auto week link below and check out the related pictures. The Msport is as more agressive looking than the Model S. Look at the interior details. The center console, rear seat leather details, etc, truly makes the Model S seem low budget in comparison. Remember, this same chassis will support the new AWD M5 also. A sedan which ungoverned would approach 200mph. Any newer M5 would crush a Tesla on the Nurburgring, and it is possible even the 530e could. However, it is beyond me why they don’t use the regular version of this engine which makes 60 more HP!

see pictures:
#23 M SpoRT front end
#51 Center console detail
#54 Rear seat detail


Why do they keep releasing vehicles with such low EV only range, needs to be 30+ actual miles minimum and wireless charging.

Because average daily driving distance in the US is a lot more than 30 miles? 😛

We want more range, drivers of these cars will crave more range. But the actual range offered is very useful still.

The difference between us EV nuts and the general public is still huge.


I doubt these will be plugged in very often and they are more about the owners virtue signalling and getting access to benefits assigned to electric vehicle such as no congestion charge in London.


It’s ~35mi in the non-rural US, not a lot more than 30 (and that covers not just the commute to work, but errands, shopping etc.)
and, despite what many think, it’s not much less in Europe:

If its driver can’t charge at work, this BMW will do half of its lifetime km on gasoline; No excuse for that.


More range would be better, but 14-20 mile range is definitely usable and can make a difference if charged every day. Plus it gets more people into their first plug in.

Keep doing what you’re doing, BMW. Electrify the entire lineup!

Ford Prefect

I might be more excited about this if it were an X1 or X3 with 35+ miles of real world driving. At least BMW can claim their 3, 5, and 7 series sedans are all electrified now! It should only be a matter of time before the GT’s, wagons, and 4 & 6 series Gran Coupes because after all they ride on similar platforms with similar powertrains and similar bodywork… BMW should at least get a B grade for effort!


I would like more range of course but an suv though popular would defeat the purpose of being efficient. Most have the CD of a brick.

Until people stop buying SUVs, they’re an even larger win for electrification and displacing gas usage.

It’s great if people can shift usage towards smaller and lighter vehicles; but in a lot of cases a big plugin hybrid SUV will use less gas than a smaller, lighter non-hybrid car.

It’s a shame BMW didn’t build a 16 kWh pack for their X5 to capture the maximum federal credit.

Assuming 25 miles of daily driving:
BMW x5 40e 14 miles elec + 11 miles @ 24 mpg = 0.46 gal
BMW x5 35i 25 miles @ 20 mpg = 1.25 gal
saves 0.79 gal/day

BMW 740e xdrive 14 miles elec + 11 miles @ 27 mpg = 0.41 gal
BMW 740i xdrive 25 miles @ 22 mpg = 1.14 gal
saves 0.73 gal/day

BMW 330e 14 miles elec + 11 miles @ 30 mpg = 0.37 gal
BMW 330i 25 miles @ 27 mpg = 0.93 gal
saves 0.56 gal/day


The phev’s from BMW are at least exciting to drive and offer 14 to 20 miles of EV range , not a lot but if you are making a lot of short trips and can charge at each end it works. The main features are conventional styling, good performance when the EV and ice are combined, and decent mpg if you plug in frequently. Having an 8 speed trains over a CVT as in other hybrids is an advantage as well as you avoid the droning engine experience. I also like the charge port location very convenient. They should offer factory wireless charging by pairing up with evtran/plug less.


19 is better than 12. But it still stinks. They’ll sell a few hundred per month. Most people will go for a Tesla instead.


I do not think many expensive cars with a plug but without enough kWh and HP are bought to be plugged in. These are incentive collectors and green credentials show-offs.

They should not be counted in the electrification statistics.


Yet another b******* PHEV from BMW. Yuck.


If this was the only drive train they offered, that is a huge improvement, but I doubt that.
Any EV range better than none. Does it have Regen? If so, then even if never plugged in it will reduce petrol usage.
For those who do plug in, it brings them one step closer to the EV experience, and you can be sure their next car they will be looking for much more EV range.