The updated BMW 530e plug-in hybrid sedan has been unveiled in Europe.According to BMW, the 530e benefits from "the latest advances in the field of battery cell technology", allowing the company to fit a 12kWh battery in same physical space, primarily under the rear seats, as the outgoing car's 9.2kWh unit.The increase in battery capacity means the updated 530e has an EV range of up to 57 kilometres using the WLTP testing standard, whereas the old model could only manage 43km on a full charge. The 530e's 0-100km/h has been improved by a tenth of a second to 6.1 seconds.In Europe, an all-wheel drive 530e xDrive has also been added to lineup. This variant requires an extra 0.1s to achieve 100km/h, and has a lower electric-only range rating of 53km.The rest of the 530e's drivetrain is unchanged, and features a 135kW/290Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine paired with a 83kW/250Nm electric motor.Working in tandem total output is said to be 185kW of power and 420Nm of torque. Both the rear-wheel drive 530e and all-wheel drive 530e xDrive use an eight-speed automatic transmission.Available features in 530e include alloy wheels up to 20 inches across, 12.3-inch digital instrumentation display, a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and remote air conditioner operation.MORE: 5 Series news, reviews, comparisons and videoMORE: Everything BMW

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