BMW company unveiled a new edition, the 2016 BMW X5 eDrive. Beginning with third generation of models, Bavarian automaker had started working on advanced hybrid system for their X5 crossover.
And while conventional models are already being sold, 2016 BMW X5 eDrive is supposed to debut soon. Former mild-hybrid system has been discarded and all future hybrids from BMW like new X5 will offer full-time electric power.
2016 BMW X5 eDrive Drivetrain options
2016 BMW X5 eDrive plug-in hybrid will combine turbocharged 2.0L 4-cylinder internal combustion engine which makes 241 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque with electric motor which produces additional 94 ponies and 184 lb-ft of torque on its own. 9 kWh lithium-ion battery pack will ensure a few miles of all-electric drive as well, and car is supposed to reach 0 to 60 in less than 7 seconds.
For that, however, it’ll need both petrol engine and electric motor’s power which amounts to 305 horses. Furthermore, top speed in all-electric mode reaches 75 mph which is more than plenty for commuting..
|Max. output||113 HP @ 3.170 RPM|
|Rated output||75 HP @ 5.000 RPM|
|Recuperation output kW||20|
|Effective capacity cm³||1997|
Design – Outside and Inside look
There are no differences between conventional lineup and plug-in hybrid X5; at least not overall. Some small discrepancies are evident, however. For instance, 2016 BMW X5 eDrive features bluish lines in grille and bumpers, and charging dock just behind the front fender from driver’s side. Otherwise, BMW’s signature split grille and sharp headlights remain intact. We have to say that foglights are too high, and whole frontal bumper’s midsection looks awkward thanks to this. Rear end is handsome, however, and doesn’t lack anything.
Interior is as refined as it can be. The fact that plug-in hybrid models usually start from higher up in the hierarchy only helps 2016 BMW X5 eDrive receive better materials and higher marks in cabin luxury category. Dashboard layout has been carried over from conventional lineup and features lots of overlaps and angular parts. Large, 10.2-inch screen does all infotainment duties which include all modern advances. As for materials, X5 only comes with best of them.
Depending on trim level of your choice, you’ll get chrome and natural wood accents with Nappa and premium Dakota leather upholstery. Feature list doesn’t fall behind either. All connectivity features are standard from the get-go, while options include panoramic moonroof, heated and ventilated seats, Harman Kardon or Bang & Olufsen premium sound systems and rear seat entertainment system.
Safety features include a rearview or surround view camera, blind spot monitors, night vision, parking assist, lane-departure warning and adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go.
2016 BMW X5 eDrive Price & Electric charge
Apart from slightly better fuel efficiency overall, 2016 BMW X5 eDrive offers around 19 miles of all-electric range and total range of 1,390 miles (at least in European measuring cycle). Of course, these figures mainly depend on driver’s habits and you’ll be hard-pressed to replicate them in real world. Prices will hardly be lower than $70,000, but they still might find themselves in $60k range after tax rebates.
2016 BMW X5 eDrive is a step forward for Bavarian automaker. After i models’ lineup, they decided to offer plug-in hybrids in other classes as well, and this is the result. Full-fledged luxury SUV crossover with myriad of tech options and luxury features, and fuel efficiency that usually doesn’t come with these types of vehicles.
The key competitors are Porsche Cayenne S E – Hybrid and Audi Q7 E – Tron.