You'd better be because it's the future of SUVs.
There’s something we need to constantly remember: car and transportation technology is changing dramatically fast. But what’s going to happen to SUVs? Will they also go full-on electric? Perhaps, but not yet because automakers like BMW are coming up with solutions to improve efficiency. Meet the 2017 BMW X5 xDrive40e Performance, the new plug-in hybrid version of the German brand’s strong selling SUV. Power comes from a 2.0-liter turbo inline-four with 240 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque along with an electric motor that chips in an additional 111 hp.
Combined output is a solid 308 hp and 332 lb-ft of twist. That electric motor gets its juice from a 9.2 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, and power goes to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic. Performance? Try 0-60 mph in 6.5 seconds and a top speed of 127 mph.
Top speed in pure EV mode is an impressive 75 mph. Fuel economy? How does 56 MPGe sound to you? Although we’ll have to wait a bit longer for an official test drive, we were impressed by what we saw initially. Expect to find all of the typical BMW creature comforts and this particular X5 xDrive40e Performance came equipped with Dakota leather upholstery, heated 14-way power front seats with 4-way lumber, a panoramic sunroof, and a Bang & Olufsen Sound System, among many other goodies. As far as pricing goes well, it’s a BMW X5 after all. The car you’ll soon see in this video review came to nearly $85,000, but it also has about $22,000 in options. Hey, being fuel efficient isn’t always cheap to do.