The E Class executive sedan is making the rounds these days ahead of its eagerly anticipated reveal in Detroit next week but we shouldn’t forget about its archrival, the 5 Series.
Indeed the all new generation of the 5 Series is also just around the corner (well maybe around the block actually) and we’re pretty sure we’ll be seeing much more details about it until the G30 new generation is officially revealed. For now, the latest report is talking about two green versions – with BMW allegedly looking to deliver two plug-in hybrids to the roster. Both are reportedly going to have the hardware setup coming from the 330e, though with added levels of power to match the increase in heft and size of the bigger model. The upcoming 530e could match a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and an electric motor for about 280 horsepower in total power. The battery should be good for about 22 miles (35 km) on electricity alone and sources point out to a maximum speed of 75 mph (120 km/h) while in this state.
The feistier 540e is expected to combo a TwinPower turbo four-cylinder petrol with VANOS control double overhead camshaft, VALVETRONIC valve control, and High Precision Injection to a 95-hp electric motor for a combined output of 326 horsepower. Electric only mileage will drop to 19 miles and the electric speed will be capped at 75 mph. Matched with a nine-speed automatic transmission power will be sent to the back wheels or to all four through the optional AWD. Launch is expected in 2017 after the regular model premieres this autumn during the paris Motor Show.