If thunderstorms at dusk are a sign of good luck, BMW Malaysia struck gold yesterday during the launch of their all-new BMW 530e Sport. While a heavy downpour kept the ambient temperatures down for another precious few days in KL, several models of this stunning new car were on display at the uber chic Le Blanc event space in Bangsar, allowing members of the press an intimate look.
The all-new BMW 530e Sport is the fifth BMW iPerformance model to be introduced in Malaysia, further reinforcing the German carmaker’s expertise in plug-in hybrid technology. Charting more than half of BMW Malaysia’s total sales volume in 2017 with a 55% units of BMW Hybrid with eDrive technology delivered, the Bavarian marque has a stronghold as the most successful premium hybrid brand in the country.
There is much to admire from the outside, but the true power of this vehicle lies in the engineering and technology under the bonnet. The car is powered by BMW’s latest-generation inline 4-cylinder TwinPower Turbo 2-litre petrol engine, which generates 184hp and 320 Nm of torque. Combined with the BMW eDrive system’s state-of-the-art electric motor, the all-new BMW 530e Sport has an overall system output of 252hp and 420 Nm of torque, enabling the car to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.2 seconds. With a top speed of 235 km/h, the all-new BMW 530e Sport enjoys segment-leading figures of consuming only 2.0l/100km of fuel with a significantly low CO2 emission of 46g/km.
The electric drive boasts powerful efficiency with its combination of electric motor, lithium-ion high-performance battery, and intelligent energy management. The intelligent energy management optimises the effectiveness of the electric drivetrain and the high-performance battery with a predictive operating strategy. The car offers an all-electric driving range of up to 48km with a maximum speed of up to 140km/h – the best in its segment. The eDrive system can also be tailored even more precisely to the journey ahead through three innovative driving modes: Auto eDrive, Max eDrive, and Batterly Control.
In terms of charging options, the 530e Sport can be charged at home via a domestic socket outlet. The BMW iWallbox, however, is the perfect solution to reducing charge time to approximately three hours. Meanwhile, the BMW iWallbox Plus enables charging control via smartphone app which also provides a record of the charge history. For an even faster charging time, the BMW i AC fast charging cable which is also compatible for public charging, achieves up to three times the charging speed compared to the standard charging cable. This standard-compliant plug ensures owners can connect the car to any public charging station. The fast charging cable comes with the registration of the ChargeNow Card online.
The retail price (on the road, without insurance, and with BMW Group Malaysia’s latest five-year unlimited mileage warranty, free scheduled service programme and BMW tyre warranty programme) for the BMW 5 Series Hybrid with eDrive Technology is RM343,800. Monthly instalment plans start from RM3,588 with the BMW Credit Malaysia Balloon Financing 80% loan financial plan. The all-new BMW 530e Sport is also offered with the BMW Full Circle Programme from BMW Credit Malaysia.