BMW X5 xDrive40e

Automotive mobility is going electric, and three years ago BMW promised to release a hybrid electric vehicle in each one of their model series. This year they have kept true to part of that promise with the release of the BMW X5 xDrive40e – the automaker’s first full-production plug-in hybrid. Some experts in the industry believe its release is the company’s first step toward making every major model in their lineup electric.

This new plug-in hybrid gets its power from a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that is paired with a 111-horsepower electric motor, both of which are controlled by an 8-speed automatic transmission. The electric motor is integrated into the transmission, so this vehicle is all-wheel drive even when it is under all-electric power.

The gasoline engine and electric motor combine to turn out 308 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. The new BMW X5 xDrive40e can accelerate from 0-60 in 6.5 seconds. In hybrid mode the vehicle can reach 130 mph, but it’s governed to 75 mph in battery-only mode. The EPA estimated rating for this vehicle is 59 MPGe, and it gets an EPA-estimated 13 miles in electric-only mode. The EPA estimate for gas-only mode is 24 mpg.

2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e

On the outside the X5 plug-in has an aerodynamic, athletic profile. Its sculpted flanks and tapered roofline help to give it a sporty appeal. It’s hard to tell this hybrid electric apart from its gas and diesel siblings just by looking at its outside appearance – aside from the badging and plug socket, of course. On the inside, the X5 xDrive40e is exactly what you’d expect from a BMW.

The satellite navigation system in the X5 can plot the best combination of gasoline, electric and hybrid driving to get you where you’re going as efficiently as possible. It routes and predicts driving conditions and speed along the way to figure out the most efficient route. You can also monitor the battery and hybrid functioning through the vehicle’s touchscreen. You can charge this vehicle using a standard 120V outlet. The 9-kWh lithium ion battery can be charged to capacity in just under 4 hours. If you use a Level 2 charger you can drop the charge time down by an hour.

The interior of this luxury hybrid vehicle is filled with quality materials and enough leather to make your head spin. The stylish and sophisticated cabin has smooth edges and modern, dramatic curves. The center console touchscreen and instrument cluster offer a sleek appeal and are well-positioned for easy use by both driver and passenger. The high-tech feel is enhanced with the condensed graphic interface of BMW’s iDrive system. This system allows users to run the controls via the buttons or the touchscreen.

2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e

The BMX X5 xDrive40e comes standard with SensaTech synthetic leatherette seats, and you can upgrade to Black Nappa or Ivory leather. The front bucket seats adjust 14 ways, and consumers can upgrade to 20-way power multi-contoured seats as well. This X5 is limited to seating for five people, unlike other members of the X5 family. Without the additional third row seating you pick up an added 6 cubic feet of cargo storage.

Second row seating is roomy and comfortable, and the seat folds down three ways for optimum cargo/passenger flexibility. With the back seat up you’ll still have 34.2 cubic feet of storage, and folding them down increases the storage capacity to 72.5 cubic feet. A power-lifting tailgate is also standard, which helps with all the loading and unloading of cargo.

2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e

If you’re looking for a safe luxury hybrid-electric vehicle, you’ll be impressed with the newest BMW X5 xDrive40e. It has received top ratings in almost every evaluation by every safety test group. This vehicle received an overall five-star rating from The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and top marks in every individual category except for rollover, which it received four stars in. Standard and available features for the X5 xDrive40e include auto-leveling headlights, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, electronic stability control, collision-alert assistance and night vision.

Surround-view cameras and parking assist are optional features, as are adaptive cruise control and Traffic Jam Assistant, which provide automatic steering capabilities in certain situations. Starting price for the BMW X5 xDrive40e is $63,095, minus the $4,585 federal tax credit you’ll receive for a plug-in hybrid equipped with a 9-kWh battery. That makes it about $58,500 after tax incentives, which is just over $3K more than the baseline X5 and just $700 less than its diesel counterpart.

You can learn more about this plug-in hybrid SUV at the official website here.
 

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