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New 2020 BMW 545e PHEV: specs, details and prototype drive

1 month ago   |   By Auto Express

BMW has launched a new and more powerful plug-in hybrid version of the 5 Series , badged the 545e xDrive. Prices will start from £54,945 when it goes on sale in the UK later this year.
The BMW 545e xDrive shares the same plug-in hybrid powertrain as the recently launched X5 xDrive45e SUV. It comprises a turbocharged 3.0-litre straight-six petrol engine, an 11.2kWh battery pack and an electric motor for a maximum output of 387bhp and 600Nm of torque.
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BMW's most powerful PHEV powertrain gives the 5 Series a 0-62mph time of 4.7 seconds, a top speed of 155mph...
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First drive: 2020 BMW 545e xDrive prototype

First drive: 2020 BMW 545e xDrive prototype

1 month ago   |   By Autocar

Fleet-friendly, four-wheel-drive plug-in hybrid strikes a pleasing balance between engagement and refinement
It was inevitable, really.When BMW first set about electrifying its line-up with an extended range of plug-in hybrid models a few years back, its initial focus was very much on fuel economy and lowering CO2 emissions.But as premium brand rivals have entered the scene with newer - and arguably better - executive car choices, the German brand has added a new and important facet to its increasingly popular petrol-electric models: performance.Proof of this comes with the new...
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