BMW Group Malaysia has introduced the all-new BMW 530e Sport making it the fifth BMW iPerformance model to be introduced in the country.
Mr. Raymond Tan, Head of Sales, BMW Malaysia said, “The All-New BMW 5 Series now offers eDrive Technology, a new innovation taken from the Mobility of the Future – BMW i. More than this, however, is the fact that the All-New BMW 530e Sport also increases our portfolio of premium Plug-In Hybrid vehicles here, enabling us to offer the largest portfolio offering by any automaker in the country and to further demonstrate our commitment to Visionary Mobility in Malaysia.”
A significant 55% of BMW Hybrids made up more than half of BMW Malaysia’s total sales volume in 2017 which the company has a stronghold as the most successful premium hybrid brand in Malaysia. Tan said, “In terms of model mix share, we are also proud to share that 55% of our total models for the country are hybrid vehicles with eDrive technology. This also makes us the fifth in the world in terms of deliveries of plug-in hybrid vehicles.”
Breaking the figure down, BMW Group Malaysia set an all-time high sales record for the BMW X5 xDrive40e by delivering over 3,000 units in 2017 alone, making Malaysia the second largest market after America for the model. Malaysia is also the third largest market for the BMW 330e and the BMW 740Le xDrive with over 2,400 units and over 450 units delivered respectively in 2017.
BMW Group Malaysia continues to be committed to Malaysia’s plan of reducing its carbon intensity by 40% by 2020. This was first announced in 2014 at the UN Climate Summit in New York and reiterated in 2016 at the Paris Agreement of the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21).
Speaking at the launch ceremony, Dr. Mohd Azman Zainul Abidin, Group Chief Executive Officer of Malaysian Green Technology Corporation said, “A key strategy for Malaysia to move towards low carbon mobility is through industry wide cooperation and partnerships. We at GreenTech Malaysia are pleased to have BMW Group Malaysia as a partner from the very beginning, to ensure necessary and sufficient infrastructure is provided to support the new innovation of Plug-in Hybrid technology and eventually Electro Mobility.”
“This will increase consumer confidence in the viability of electric vehicles and plug-in-hybrid vehicles. It is reassuring to see BMW Group Malaysia taking initiative to further propel Malaysia into a futuristic future of electromobility, while we continue to grow the number of ChargEV charging stations across the country.”
The BMW 530e Sport is offered in Sport Line and boasts LED headlights for both low-beam and high-beam, side lights, as well as daytime running lights complementing the elegant high-gloss black front bumper. Besides the ‘530e’ badging other noticeable identifying features of the plug-in hybrid variant are the i logo located on both sides as well as the eDrive insignia at the C-Pillar.
For added convenience, the BMW 530e Sport offers Comfort Access – providing a seamless owner experience without having to reach for your car key. From unlocking your doors to starting your engine, the All-New BMW 530e Sport is designed to be aware of your car key’s unique sensors, which resonates solely with the car’s internal system; as such, no two keys are alike, and also provide owners contactless boot operation.
Accentuating its sporty vibe to the rear of the new premium business sedan from BMW is the double round exhaust tailpipe on both left and right of the eDrive variant. Fitted with 19” V-Spoke light alloy wheels, the All-New BMW 530e Sport hints at an agile driving experience.
Providing the BMW 530e Sport’s propulsion is from an inline four-cylinder BMW TwinPower Turbo 2-litre petrol generating 184hp and 320 Nm of torque and In conjunction with the BMW eDrive system’s electric motor, the hybrid 5er has an overall system output of 252hp and 420 Nm of torque. This enables a sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.2 seconds and maxes out at 235 km/h, while sipping just 2.0l/100km of fuel with a significantly low CO2 emission of 46g/km as claimed. The All-New BMW 530e Sport 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 features three driving modes: AUTO eDrive, MAX eDrive, and BATTERY CONTROL. AUTO eDrive combines the power of both combustion engine and electric motor, which allows you to drive up to 80km/h on electric mode only. For the extra boost, switch to the MAX eDrive mode which solely depends on electric power, to reach a maximum speed of 140km/h. BATTERY CONTROL allows the driver to manually engage the use of the high-voltage battery by setting the charge value to be availed for pure-electric driving later in the journey.
When it comes to recharging the battery, the 530e Sport can be charged at home via a domestic socket outlet but with the BMW iWallbox reduces charge time to approximately three hours. Other benefits gained from using 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 3 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.
In addition to Lane Change Warning and Blind Spot Monitor, the BMW 530e Sport comes fitted with an extensive range of assistance system including Dynamic Damper with ADAPTIVE Mode, which is the fourth of the Driving Experience Control system that includes COMFORT, SPORT and ECO PRO driving modes. The ADAPTIVE mode works alongside Dynamic Damper Control (DDC) and Navigation System Professional wherein the steering, DDC and Steptronic systems automatically adapt to the current driving style and route ahead. Additionally, Park Assist offers convenience with parallel and reverse parking perpendicular to the road. This system is hassle-free, offering level two autonomous technology.
The All-New BMW 530e Sport is also outfitted with BMW ConnectedDrive features – an all-encompassing digital concept designed to aid personal mobility that integrates the vehicle into the user’s digital life via multiple touchpoints. The multifunctional instrument display is specially designed for both the instrument cluster in front of the driver and the central information screen.
Command over the new premium plug-in hybrid sedan can be done via the BMW Connected app, which allows one to not only monitor the performance of the car, but also dictate the interior atmosphere. Through the BMW Connected app, the driver can govern interior comfort by controlling the auxiliary air conditioning function from a smartphone. The BMW Connected app also empowers one to monitor charge levels of the high-voltage battery, the locations of charging stations, and the distance covered on electric power alone as well as the consequent amount of petrol saved.
The first-ever BMW 5 Series Hybrid with eDrive Technology is available in Bluestone Metallic, Mediterranean Blue, Alpine White, and Black Sapphire. While Leather Dakota Black pairs well with all exterior colour offerings, Leather Dakota Cognac is best paired with either Black Sapphire, Bluestone Metallic, or Alpine White.
The All-New BMW 530e Sport will be available at all authorised BMW dealerships across the country from today, and with monthly instalment plan starting from only RM 3,588.00 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. The new plug-in hybrid executive comes with BMW Group Malaysia’s latest 5 Years Unlimited Mileage Warranty, Free Scheduled Service Programme and BMW Tyre Warranty Programme).
Additional special ownership programmes for BMW vehicles and BMW iPerformance range is also offered at BMW Malaysia’s ongoing nationwide campaign, held at all authorised BMW dealerships. This includes special financing interest rates from 0.88% as well as attractive rebates across a wide range of BMW models.
New owners of the BMW iPerformance models – BMW 330e M Sport, BMW X5 xDrive 40e, BMW 740Le, and now the All-New BMW 530e Sport will also have unlimited, complimentary access for a whole year for the ChargeNow mobility services via the ChargEV platform in collaboration with GreenTech Malaysia.
The special offer also comes with a complimentary BMW i AC Fast Charging Cable. Specifically for new owners of the BMW X5 xDrive40e and BMW 740Le xDrive, the new programme by BMW Malaysia offers a complimentary BMW i Wallbox Plus, with RFID detection and can be managed and controlled remotely using the BMW iV smartphone app. The campaign ends 31st March 2018.