2024 M550i xDrive: Will Get Plug-in Hybrid Powertrain?
2024 M550i xDrive
2024 M550i xDrive – According to recent reports, the new M5 will feature a plug-in hybrid powertrain to produce more power than ever, while the successor to the M550i xDrive will probably also be a PHEV.
Starting with the basics, the upcoming 5 Series will be based on a new version of BMW’s CLAR architecture.
In line with BMW’s “Power of Choice” strategy, the car will be available in a mild-hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and fully electric variants – the latter being the i5.
2024 M550i xDrive Engine
While turbocharged four-cylinder and six-cylinder engines are currently being carried over to the next generation, this is less likely for the twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 engine found in the M550i xDrive.
It is suggested that this engine will be 15 years old when the new Series 5 arrives, so it can be costly to make it following Euro 7 emission regulations.
Instead, BMW could replace the M550i xDrive with a performance-oriented PHEV, using a more powerful version of the 545e xDrive powertrain.
This one is equipped with a 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine and an electric motor that produces a combined 394 hp (294 kW / 400 PS).
The potential addition of a second electric motor mounted on the rear axle – possible in the CLAR architecture – would allow a power figure of about 500 hp, inching closer to the M550i region.
The Next M5 will carry a Hybrid Turbo V8?
Given that the first full-fat M car with a fully electric powertrain won’t arrive before 2025, the next M5 is expected to be a plug-in hybrid.
The addition of an electric motor combined with a twin-turbo V8 engine will allow it to produce more than 627 hp (468 kW / 636 PS) from the current M5 CS to compete with Mercedes-AMG’s future plug-in hybrid models.
More specifically, the V8-based hybrid powertrain of the new M5 is expected to be introduced by the X8 M, with a rumored combined output of 750 hp (559 kW/760 PS).
While this is more than enough for a performance sedan, the report believes that BMW could launch a more powerful electric i5 M with three electric motors that produce a combined 800 hp (597 kW / 811 PS).
This will make it a direct competitor to the Porsche Taycan Turbo S, Audi e-Tron GT, Tesla Model S Plaid, and AMG variants of the Mercedes EQE, all offering acceleration figures that rival supercars.
2023 BMW 5 Series
The 2023 BMW 5 Series will launch in the third quarter of 2022. It will be available at BMW dealerships throughout the United States and in various international markets.
The 2023 BMW 5 Series has several engine options. These include a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, a hybrid with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine and an electric motor, a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six, and four twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 variants.
All engines for the BMW 5 Series are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. In addition, the Series 5 offers luxury car buyers the choice of rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive system.
There are no slow-moving cars in the 5 Series lineup because executive medium luxury cars are fast and fast.
Acceleration times of 0-60 mph range from 5.9 seconds for the base-level 530i trim to 2.9 seconds for the M5 CS trim.
Also, the top speed of the BMW 5 Series is 155 mph which is electronically restricted. For efficiency, the Series 5 gets an estimated fuel economy of up to 25 mpg on city highways/33.
The 2023 BMW 5 Series is a carryover model. However, this executive luxury car offers a collection of new M Sport Package Pro features.
These include an extended high-gloss Shadow Line M, M seat belts, M Shadow Line lights, a black M rear spoiler, and an M sports brake system with red brake calipers.
In addition, the 2023 Series 5 offers two new exterior paint color options: Arctic Race Blue Metallic and Skyscraper Grey Metallic.
BMW 5 Series Competitors
BMW 5 Series midsize luxury car competitors include the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Audi A6, Lexus ES, Jaguar XF, Volvo S90, and Genesis G80.