BMW Europe introduces electrified 5 Series
BMW is working hard to expand its electrified line-up, with the European arm due to launch a mild hybrid 5 Series in November.
The Euro-spec mild hybrid 5ers get a 48V starter-generator and a second battery to allow for electric-only cruising.
The battery stores energy gathered when braking or on a dead throttle while the starter-generator optimises engine performance, boosting power and efficiency as often as possible.
Models that will get the kit as standard include the 520d Sedan and Touring, plus their respective xDrive variants. Fuel consumption is rated at 4.1L/100km for the Sedan (4.5L/100km with xDrive) and 4.3L/100km for the Touring (4.7L/100lm with xDrive). Power is still a claimed 140kW, BMW says.
As a final bonus, BMW is putting the Laserlight system on more 5 Series models, like the 550d Sedan and Touring variants.
We’ve contacted BMW NZ to see if the mild hybrid 5 series models will make it here.