BMW Slashes Hybrid 5-series cost by $10,000; M550i Starts at $73,095
Barely two weeks into 2017, automakers are releasing pricing information for their 2018-type-year vehicles. Following the reveals of the 2018 BMW 530e iPerformance and also also also the 2018 BMW M550i xDrive at the Detroit auto show, BMW detailed the bullion customers must fork over to get behind the wheels of these two 5-series products.
Starting at $52,395, the 530e iPerformance can be priced some $10,700 less than the previous-generation gasoline-electric BMW ActiveHybrid 5. which car relied on a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 and also also also an electric motor working together to make a healthy 335 horsepower, enough to scoot the 4360-pound mid-size luxury sedan to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds in our test. Still, with dismal (for a hybrid) fuel-economy ratings of 23 mpg city and also also also 30 mpg highway, the ActiveHybrid 5 failed to catch on inside marketplace.
The 530e iPerformance, though, can be supposed to raise the fuel efficiency game thanks to the brand new car’s plug-in-hybrid technology and also also also smaller four-cylinder engine. BMW predicts 530e drivers will get as much as 15 miles of range out of the auto’s 9.2-kWh lithium-ion battery pack before the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine needs to be fired up. Even better, BMW estimates the brand new-age gasoline-electric 530e iPerformance will continue to offer noteworthy acceleration figures: the brand estimates the rear-wheel-drive 530e iPerformance sDrive’s zero-to-60-mph time at 6.0 seconds, with all-wheel drive 530e iPerformance xDrive, $2300 more expensive, supposed to lop 0.2 second off which time.
Nevertheless, those who definitely care about acceleration figures and also also also quarter-mile times ought to skip the 530e iPerformance entirely and also also also head straight for the $73,095 M550i xDrive. Some $3500 pricier than previous 550i xDrive, the M550i xDrive boasts a 456-hp twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 which BMW claims can be able to blast the all-wheel-drive sedan to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds—just 0.2 second off the quickest time we recorded in a last-generation M5.
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Of course, if you possess the patience, then you may want to wait a little longer for BMW to unveil the all-brand new, possibly all-wheel drive M5. Those with less willpower will find both the 2018 BMW 530e iPerformance and also also also the 2018 BMW M550i xDrive arriving on dealer lots This specific spring.