So far, the German manufacturers where quite pleased with their diesel cars because these offered good fuel efficiency and great performance for how much fuel they used. However, after VW’s scandal people saw that the diesel car could be quite bad in terms of pollution and even before that, many people started to focus on hybrid cars due to their higher efficiency in the city and their more refined behavior.
In order to please these people, BMW already released a couple of hybrid cars in their mid-range models and they are now going to release a plug-in version as well.
This will offer comparable levels of efficiency to their other hybrid or diesel cars but thanks to the plug-in part of the powertrain, the new models will be able to travel up to 20 miles or little over that without using any solid fuels. The 3 Series has already been spied and not too long after that, the upcoming 2017 BMW 5-Series Plug-in Hybrid has also been spotted testing with little camouflage on it.
The car will likely use the same powertrain found on the Chinese 530Le version which already sells much better than their diesel there.
Performance & Specs
Under the hood of this new 2017 BMW 5-Series Plug-in Hybrid we are likely going to find a similar powertrain to that found in the 3 Series plug-in model. This means that the car will combine a 2 liter turbocharged inline 4 petrol engine, offering around 180 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque, with an electric motor and a larger than usual set of batteries. This will up the total output to around 240 horsepower and over 280 lb-ft of torque, basically offering similar levels of performance to a normal 3 liter inline 6 car.
However, the hybrid will not only offer up to 22 miles of electric range at speeds of up to 120 MPH, but it will also mean that the car will be much quieter during city usage and thanks to the extra available torque of the electric motor, it should also feel quite a bit faster than a similarly powerful diesel car.
Also thanks to the electric motor, the car will basically offer all wheel drive with a rather complex torque vectoring system. The gearbox of choice here will likely be an 8 speed automatic that will drive the rear wheels via an electronic differential.
Redesign – Inside and Outside look
The design is still under wraps for now but considering this will be a fuel efficient vehicle and not a super-sports sedan, the final design can easily be guessed, especially now when the new 5 Series has been released. The front end is certainly going to be nearly identical to the base version but here we are likely going to find all-LED headlights in order to save power as well as a slightly different bumper in terms of looks in order to be more aerodynamic.
The back will feature a hidden exhaust as well as new LED tail lights. The charging port will likely be mounted on the left-front fender and it will be similar in design to that found on the 3 Series.
Inside the cabin, the 2017 BMW 5-Series Plug-in Hybrid will be similarly equipped to a medium spec version of the petrol engined car, most likely the 530i. It will feature standard leather upholstery, aluminum instead of wooden inserts as well as a sportier looking steering wheel. Besides that, BMW’s usual iDrive system is going to be offered as standard and as an extra, a head-up display is also going to be offered.
2017 BMW 5-Series Plug-in Hybrid Price
The price is still unknown at this point but some people are reporting that the car will cost closer to $65,000 when it will launch in the early 2017.
Some reports say that new BMW 5 will be presented at next Paris Motor Show, but more details we could expect in second half of this year.
Competitor: Mercedes E Class Hybrid.