The 2016 BMW X5 xDrive 40e plug-in hybrid SUV won't arrive in U.S. showrooms for a few more months, but we now have some new details--including pricing information.
The plug-in X5 will start at $63,095 (including destination), making it the second most expensive X5 model, behind only the $71,695 X5 xDrive 50i with its V-8 engine.
That price represents a $4,400 premium over the diesel version of the X5, and is $8,200 higher than the least expensive X5 sDrive model.
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First shown at the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show, the X5 xDrive 40e is one of five BMW plug-in cars, including the 330e and 740e xDrive plug-in hybrid sedans, the i8 plug-in hybrid coupe, and the i3 electric car.
Its powertrain consists of a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine and an electric motor integrated with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Together, they send 308 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque to all four wheels. That will get the X5 xDrive 40e from 0 to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds, BMW says.
The company also expects the X5 to achieve 55 MPGe combined on the U.S. EPA testing cycle, along with an electric-only range of 13 miles.
Top speed is limited to 75 mph in electric mode, and 130 mph in hybrid mode.
In addition to powering the vehicle, the 9-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack is also used to charge the X5's 12-volt electrical accessory system through a transformer.
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The pack is housed under the cargo area, but BMW still claims 34.2 cubic feet of luggage space with the rear seats up, and 72.5 cubic feet with the seats folded.
Recharging takes three hours, 50 minutes from a standard 120-Volt household socket.
Buyers can also opt for BMW's own Level 2 home charging station, which gets the job done in two hours- 45 minutes.
X5 xDrive 40e drivers can also get the ChargeNow card already available to drivers of the "i" models--which provides access to public charging stations on the ChargePoint network--as well as support services through BMW's 360 Electric program.
From behind the wheel, drivers can manage the use of electricity with multiple driving modes.
In Auto eDrive mode, the X5 uses both gasoline and electric power in what it deems the most efficient way. Max eDrive mode uses electric power only, while Save Battery builds up a charge for later use.
These modes can be combined with the Comfort, Sport, and Eco Pro modes found in other BMW models. In the X5 xDrive 40e, Eco Pro also allows for coasting under certain conditions.
One more hybrid-specific feature is a timer on the car's dashboard display, for scheduling charging around a specific departure time.
Production of the 2016 BMW X5 xDrive 40e begins in August at BMW's Spartanburg, South Carolina plant, with sales set to start in the fall.
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