BMW will park a slew of new models at this year’s Geneva Motor Show next month, including the all-new 7-Series and its plug-in hybrid variations, but also the 330e, X5 xDrive45e and even the bespoke M850i Night Sky.
While the focus will be on the model range, BMW will also talk about expanding its Energy Services, with the Group looking to widen its reach as a systems supplier for electric mobility and provide customers with free “green energy” for their cars.
745e, 745Le, 745Le xDrive
All three of these new electrified 7-Series versions will be powered by the same 394 PS (388 HP) hybrid unit, offering 0-100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration times of 5.3 to 5.1 seconds, and an electric range of 54-58 km (33 to 36 miles) for the 745e, 52-55 km (32 to 34 miles) for the 745Le and 50-54 km (31 to 33 miles) for the 745Le xDrive.
The same powertrain detailed above can also be found in the partially electrified version of the all-new X5 SUV, which will be available in August. It features the same 394 PS (388 HP) output and can sprint from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.6 seconds. As for its zero-emission all-electric range, it’s been rated at 80km (50 miles), which should suffice for most daily commutes.
Powered by a four-cylinder engine, an electric motor and a latest-generation lithium-ion battery, the BMW 330e Sedan puts down a combined output of 252 PS (248 HP), which you can then briefly increase by up to 41 PS (40 HP) thanks to the standard XtraBoost function. In a straight line, it can get to 100 km/h in 6 seconds flat, while its maximum electric range is 60 km (37 miles) – roughly 50% more than its predecessor. The 2019 BMW 330e Sedan is due to come out in July of this year.
BMW Individual M850i Night Sky
Drop by BMW’s stand in Geneva and you’ll also be able to admire the one-off BMW Individual version of the new 8-Series Coupe. Dubbed ‘Night Sky’, this bespoke M850i features genuine meteoritic rock on its center console trim plate, start/stop button, selector lever, Touch Controller and door sill finishers. Meanwhile, the headliner, center console, brake discs, exterior mirror caps and other components also feature an extra-terrestrial design.
The 2019 Geneva Motor Show will kick off March 5-6 for members of the media, before opening its doors to the general public between March 7-17.