The BMW 545e xDrive is an impressive plug-in hybrid.
The BMW 5 Series has undergone a revamp and there's a new plug-in hybrid available, the impressive BMW 545e xDrive PHEV.
The new car will be in showrooms in late 2020 with prices starting at £54,945.
The new model’s powertrain is the same as the refreshed X5 xDrive45e plug-in hybrid.
Drivers will get to enjoy a 3.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine which has been mated to an electric motor and an 11.2 kWh battery pack.
The end result is a mammoth power output of 387 bhp and impressive torque of 600Nm.
This will deliver a 0 to 62 mph sprint time of 4.5 seconds and then on to a top speed of 155 mph.
The power is delivered by using an eight-speed Steptronic transmission and with xDrive, the all-wheel drive ensures grip is maintained.
However, for the money, drivers will be wanting to know what the all-electric range is for the 545e xDrive and BMW says it will deliver at least 33 miles.
And, as a plug-in hybrid, the fuel economy will be between 128 mpg and 176 mpg.
Business lease drivers will be interested to know that the 545e has emissions of 35 to 54g/km.
And while the new model is based on the revamped 5 Series, there are some technology tweaks along with some cosmetic changes.
There are slimmer LED headlights, a restyled radiator grille and new front and rear bumpers to help it stand out from the 5 Series crowd.
Once in the BMW 545e xDrive’s cabin, there's an impressive 12.3-inch infotainment system with extra support for those who use Android Auto.
Another big attraction is that BMW has created their new car to behave like an electric vehicle and it will switch automatically to pure-electric driving mode when the car recognises that it is being driven through a built-up area.
The 545E does this by using new geo-fencing technology - they call it the eDrive Zone service - to recognise where it is.
Otherwise, the car will utilise the electric motor to deliver a boost to its power output whenever necessary and of the driving modes, hybrid mode will ensure the electric motor is used the head of the engine.
Green Cars’ is the term used for zero, low and ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) - with pressure being applied to lower global emission levels, the need for “eco-friendly” vehicles is on the rise. Many countries now have plans in place to abolish the use of combustion engines before the turn of the century and so more and more vehicles we see on the roads will be Electric, hybrid or very low emission petrol and diesels.
Although beneficial to the environment, ‘Green Cars’ are also beneficial from a taxation view. The lower a vehicle’s emissions banding, the lower the taxation placed against it. Many manufacturers have tapped in to this ever-growing market with their own offerings, however, Volvo were the first manufacturer to state that every one of their models will be either electric or hybrid options from 2019.