German automaker, BMW, has promised that every single model in its line-up will have a plug-in hybrid variant. As the company has just ventured into this goal, the rumors of 2018 BMW 5 Series Plug-In Hybrid is likely to be true.
Several reports hold that the entry-level plug-in hybrid will come with 2 options for its gasoline-electric drivetrain. As predicted by experts, the entry-level model could be a 2017 5 Series Plug-In. This car is yet to debut, so the exact information regarding this 2018 Plug-In 5 is scarce.
2018 BMW 5 Series Plug-In Hybrid Exterior
The exterior body of 2018 BMW 5 Series Plug-In Hybrid will borrow styling from the existing 5 Series models and BWM’s modern design language. Its front fascia will seem familiar as the signature kidney grille will be used. Headlights are supposed to be more functional and aerodynamic.
The charging port will be featured just beside the front door. To bring out more convenience, LED lighting will be done on the charging port. Other than this, 2018 5 Series Plug-In Hybrid will be mostly based on 2017 generation model. However, the company might bring out more sleekness to mark a generational change.
The flanks will be made wider and functional air breathers will supply a great air flow to the engine. All of these are going to contribute to fuel efficiency improvements. Also, expect the double axles will incorporate an autonomous leveling unit in the suspension system.
The aggressive look on its exterior body will be brought up in the interior cabin as well. Several reports hold that 2017 BMW Series Plug-In Hybrid will come in 3 trims viz. Touring, Sedan and Turismo. 2018 model is likely to offer the same.
If this is the case, then its interior cabin’s accessories and functions will vary accordingly. Nevertheless, BMW won’t fail to ensure a world class luxury in the cabin. Technology wise, a system to monitor the electric powertrain will be integrated.
As speculated by experts, 2018 BMW 5 Series Plug-In Hybrid will borrow the drivetrain from 2017 generation plug-in hybrid model. This drivetrain setup will consist of a 2.0 liter turbocharged 4 cylinder engine which will be mated to BMW eDrive electric powertrain.
The combined output of both the electric motor and turbocharged engine will definitely surpass 280 HP and 309 lb-ft. The transmission will remain nine-speed automatic. Rear wheel drive is expected to come standard, and xDrive all-wheel drive might be featured as optional.
It has been reported that 2017 5 Series plug-in hybrid will be able to drive over 20 miles at speed up to 75 mph in electricity. This could be significantly improved in the next generation 5 series. Like other hybrid vehicles of BMW, 2018 5 Series Plug-In Hybrid will have its battery pack underneath the seats for easy access.
Price and Release Date
As the 2017 Plug-In 5 is reported to come with a starting price of $47,772, 2018 BMW 5 Series Plug-In Hybrid could cost slightly more than this. BMW is likely to release this model during 1st quarters of 2018.