In April, the 2017 New York International Auto Show will set the stage for BMW’s iPerformance lineup. This will showcase the sub-brand’s new plug-in hybrid models including the 2018 530e, 740e xDrive as well as the X5 xDrive40e.
One of the upcoming iPerformance models, The BMW 530e has a 2.0 liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and electric motor. Its powertrain is similar to the current BMW 330e which provides up to 248hp (185kW) and 310 lb-ft (420Nm) of total output. Unlike the 14 miles of fully electric range that it has on the 3 Series, this powertrain now has up to 15 miles of range on the 5 Series. BMW’s iPerformance 530e will be coming to the US showrooms this spring. Prices start at 51,400 USD while it’s set at 53,700 USD for the xDrive all-wheel drive variant.
Meanwhile, both the X5 xDrive40e and the 740e xDrive iPerformance models will be using the same 2.0-liter 4-cylinder electric motors. The 7 Series’ powertrain is capable of delivering up to 322hp (240kW) and 369 pound feet (500Nm) of torque. On the X5, the same powertrain can produce a total output of 308 hp (230kW) and 332 pound feet (450Nm). When fully charged, these two iPerformance models can deliver up to 14 miles of EV range.
Other than the new hybrid models, BMW already has the i8 and i3 in its existing product line. As a matter of fact, some images of the two upgraded models have already been spied on the Internet. The spy photos reveal that the i8 Spyder is almost ready for its premiere. The hatchback variant on the other hand is likely to come out with a power boost, an improved range plus a Sporty S trim. In that case, the entire range could receive an upgraded drivetrain with more power and enhanced driving distance.
For some time now, there also have been rumors about the M models going hybrid in the future. However, BMW thinks that developing more hybrids would have to wait until such time both hydrogen fuel cell powertrain and full EV technology are more sufficient. If so, the FCEV or the Fuel Cell powertrain will be offered on larger vehicles while the smaller cars will be using batteries to store energy.
Nevertheless, the exciting iPerformance showcase will definitely be the main event to look forward to in the Big Apple. The 2017 New York International Auto Show will be holding the exhibits on April 14 until April 23 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.