[Videos] The BMW 5 Series 530e iPerformance explained image

Alongside the gasoline and diesel versions, a plug in hybrid version will also quickly become available for the new G30 generation of the executive 5 Series sedan.

The US market will get its 530i and 540i, the Euro-region will be looking at the 520d and 530d, while the environmentally conscious from all around the world will be mostly interested in the new 2017 BMW 530e iPerformance, the most fuel efficient and thus CO2 champion for the new generation. Yes, it can be more efficient than the hugely frugal 520d EfficientDynamics Edition. The 530e is easy to spot because of the additional charging port on the front fender, as well as blue detailing on the kidney grille or the wheel center cap, not to mention the eDrive badges. It will reach European dealerships in March 2017, with a fuel economy rating of 2.0 l/100 km (117.6 U.S. mpg or 141.2 imperial mpg) and outing 46 grams of CO2 per kilometer.

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The powertrain includes a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine and electric motor integrated into the BMW eDrive system, hooked to the usual ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. There’s also a lithium-ion battery that can deliver a fully electric range of up to 45 kilometers (27 miles). Total power is rated at 252 PS (249 horsepower) and 420 Nm (310 lb-ft) of torque, with a sprint to 62 mph (100 km/h) of 6.2 seconds.