At the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, BMW is introducing the all-new iPerformance model designation, which will be given to all BMW plug-in hybrid vehicles from July 2016.


The Bavarian automaker decided to transfer technology from BMW i to the BMW core brand. Therefore, it seems iPerformance models will benefit from BMW i technical know-how on electric motors, battery cells and electronic control systems. The exterior will differ from other versions, of course – for BMW i to reflect its ''rigorously-applied electrification strategy'' on the outside as well, all iPerformance models will display a BMW i logo on the front side panel, BMW i-style blue elements in the kidney grille and wheel hubs, and an eDrive logo on the C-pillar. Customers will be able to enjoy the perks of the BMW i 360° ELECTRIC range of products and services, including the BMW i Wallbox for home charging, which is offered together with an installation service.

The first opportunity to spot the new changes will be when the company reveals the new BMW 7 Series plug-in hybrid luxury sedans - BMW 740e iPerformance, BMW 740Le iPerformance and the BMW 740Le xDrive iPerformance. Let us remind you, the plug-in hybrid line-up sources their power from a four-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and an electric motor, delivering a system output of 240 kW/326 hp. The new BMW 740e iPerformance, for example, is said to record average fuel consumption of 2.1 litres per 100 kilometers (134.5 mpg imp) and CO2 emissions of 49 grams per kilometer.

March 1, 2016 Driving photo: BMW

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