2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e Release and Price
The long-awaited 2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e is due to go on sale in late 2015. This model is actually the production-ready version of the BMW X5 eDrive concept that was revealed to the public at the 2013 Frankfurt motor show. It is a hugely important model for the German automaker. Namely, the 2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e will be the first company’s Plug-In Hybrid model that doesn’t belong to its ’i’ family. The base price on the German market, according to BMW, will be €68,400.
2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e Specs
This latest addition to the X5 lineup is extremely efficient with an average fuel consumption of just 3.3 liters per 100 kilometers. As for the CO2 emissions, this SAV (Sport Activity Vehicle) is estimated at quite impressive 77 g/km. Its hybrid system consists of a conventional 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine coupled with an electric motor and lithium-ion batteries. The power is transmitted to the wheels through an 8-speed Steptronic transmission.
The conventional four-cylinder unit produces 245 horsepower and 350 Nm of torque by itself, while the electric motor makes 113 hp and 250 Nm of torque. So, the combined output adds up to 313 horsepower with 450 Nm of torque. Thanks to these performance figures, the 2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e Plug-in Hybrid needs 6.8 seconds to go from 0 to 100 km/h. Its top speed is electronically limited to 210 km/h.
When using the electric motor only, the vehicle’s range is estimated at 31 km. The top speed in this mode is around 120 km/h. It takes three hours and fifty minutes to recharge the battery using a standard electrical outlet. In case you use the optional BMW and Wallbox, recharging takes only two hours and forty-five minutes.
The 2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e will be built at the BMW’s facility in the United States. It is the same plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina that already produces other BMW’s SUV models such as the X3, X4, X5 and X6.
The 2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e will be fitted with 18-inch aluminum wheels covered with 255/55 R18 tires. The curb weight of the vehicle is 2.230 kg, while the cargo capacity is good for 500 liters. In case the second row of seats is folded down, the cargo space can grow up to 1,720 litara. What made such a big cargo space possible was the clever positioning of the battery which sits beneath the fuel tank.