2017 BMW X5 – Release Date, News and Rumors

With a steadfast high-speed stability, a huge list of features, efficient and potent engines, and a comfortable and luxurious interior, the 2017 BMW X5 is undoubtedly a standout in the luxury crossover SUV segment. Its release date should be expected sometime in the first half of 2017, though it is debatable. 

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The new 2017 BMW X5 is a source of many strengths, and of them is a standard all-wheel drive system that works even in full EV mode. And regardless of its weight due to the added sophisticated hybrid hardware, the X5 is still potent just as the regular xDrive35i model. In fact, its acceleration from 0-60 mph takes about 6.5 seconds.

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Another strength the 2016 X5 plug-in hybrid offers is its general versatility and power. Under its skin lies an electric motor and lithium ion battery working synergistically with a turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine. The 14 miles of electric-only range may not be enough, but is suitable in running local errands within the city. The output of the whole system is a healthy 308 hp, according to BMW.

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When it comes to the fuel economy, the green credentials of the 2017 BMW X5 might not be stellar as might be suggested, as the xDrive40e model offers 25 mpg highway fuel economy. But this is dependent, of course, by your driving pattern. The longer you travel the mediocre the fuel economy become, but the more you stay on EV the better they’re going to be.

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Areas you will find the BMW X5 disappointing in, include a cramped third-row seat, and a costly price tag relative to what the competition offers. There are no shortage of appealing rivals in this segment. They include the 2017 Audi Q5 Hybrid, the 2017 Lexus RX 450h, and Porsche’s 2017 Cayenne S E-Hybrid.

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Available Trims – BMW X5

The 2017 BMW X5 is offered in a single well-equipped trim all-wheel drive (xDrive40e) model. The xDrive50i, xDrive35i, and the xDrive35d reviews are separately covered, as is the high-performance X5 M and LCI models.

Exterior Changes & 2017 BMW X5 Interior Review

Accessories and features provided as standard for the plug-in X5 include roof rails, 19” wheels, a panoramic sunroof, adjustable suspension dampers, 10-way heated front power seats, rear and front parking sensors, remote keyless entry, adaptive xenon headlights, a rear air suspension system, Hybrid-specific instrumentation, auto-dimming heated mirrors, keyless entry and ignition, and automatic dual-zone climate control.

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Standard electronics include a USB port, a nine-speaker sound system, a 10.2” central display screen, BMW Assist, HD radio, an auxiliary audio input, a navigation system, a CD player, hybrid-specific iDrive menu, and voice controls.

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Different color schemes, wheel designs, upholstery and trim selections are offered by many customizable option packages. For example, three equipment “line” – M Sport, xLine, and Luxury – offer plenty of interior customization depending on the user’s taste and style. The Luxury Seating, for instance, offers retractable headlight washers, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel. The Premium package offers a leather upholstery, keyless ignition and entry, automatic dual-zone climate control, and satellite radio, while the M-Sport line tacks in shift paddles and sport front seats.

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Standalone options, as of this writing, include manual rear window sunshades, an upgraded leather upholstery, deluxe Harman Kardon audio system, a night-vision camera, a rear-seat entertainment system, pedestrian detection, power-closing doors, a self-parking system, an upgraded interior trim, and smartphone integration app.

2017 BMW X5 Engine Specs

Under the hood of the 2017 BMW X5 xDrive40e plug-in hybrid is a side-to-side working relationship between a four-cylinder gasoline engine and battery pack housed under the cargo floor. The familiar gasoline mill comes mated to an eight-speed specialized automatic transmission system.

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There are also rumors of an additional mill but the claims haven’t been substantiated yet. We expect BMW to make an announcement regarding the same, months ahead of its official release date after which an update will be made to this post.

The total power production by the system stands at about 308 horsepower and 332 lbs. ft. of torque. Zipping from 0-60 mph, according to BMW, should be expected in just under 6.5 seconds, while 130 mph is the electronically limited top speed.

2017 BMW X5 Release Date & Price

2017 BMW X5 Release date

The 2017 BMW X5 SUV should be expected to cost $54,700, and $3,000 more for the BMW X5 Diesel. The model are scheduled to be offered for sale sometime in the first half of 2017.

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2017 BMW 6 Series Release Date and Review

The new 2017 BMW 6 Series convertible and coupe stands tall in the two-door luxury segment thanks to the stellar powertrains, feature galore, and beautifully trimmed cabins. Some of its highlights include a superbly crafted interior, refined and powerful engines, a relatively large trunk, and the convertible comes with a versatile soft top. Its release date should be expected this fall.

For 2017, the 6 Series gains restyled exterior mirrors, a new Black Accent package, a new standard LED headlights, and a sport exhaust system.

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For anyone who has had the pleasure of riding prior 6 Series models, you can attest to the fact that it offers the perfect definition of “quiet confidence,” if such term exists. And just like every other BMW brethren, the vehicle comes with a commanding presence, first-rate technology features, and superlative turbocharged engines. The only lingering question on most driving enthusiast is whether or not the 6 Series is sporty enough.

For seasoned BMW users, it’d be strange to query BMW’s sporting credentials. However, the 2017 6 Series is undoubtedly a heavy and large vehicle, and just to be frank, some people looking for some driving athleticism may be disappointed. But to set the record straight, the 6 Series still remains a majestic beast that offers an impressive 445 horsepower for the 650i model.

However, as much as the 6 Series might seem perfect, its price range has a host of alternatives galore. They include 2017 Jaguar F-Type, 2016 Porsche 911, and 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

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BMW 6 Series – Available Trims

The new 2017 BMW 6 Series is available in only two trims: base 640i and well-equipped 650i. Each of the trims can further be specified as either convertible or coupe. The 2017 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe is reviewed separately.

2017 BMW 6 Series Exterior Redesign & Interior Changes

Standard accessories available for the 640i include keyless ignition and entry, heated six-way power front seats, automatic wipers, adaptive suspension dampers, 18” wheels, ambient interior lighting, driver memory settings, a rearview camera, automatic climate control (dual-zone), tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, power folding and heated auto-dimming mirrors, and a sport exhaust system.

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Standard infotainment features include satellite and HD radio, a navigation system, a nine-speaker sound system, mobile app integration, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a 10.2” touchscreen display, and a digital instrument panel.

The 2017 BMW 650i trim gets a 16-way power front seats, upgraded leather upholstery, 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround audio system, and 19” wheels.

The Driver Assistance Plus package available optionally includes automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, speed limit information, active blind-spot monitoring, forward collision warning system, and a 360-degree camera.

The Cold Weather and Black Accent packages come with unique interior trim, a steering heated wheel, a two-tone leather upholstery, dark exterior trim, and 19/20” wheels, while the Individual Composition package includes extended premium leather upholstery, simulated suede headliner, a number of color schemes, and various interior trim inlays.

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The M Sport package comes with a faux suede headliner, 19” wheels, an aerodynamic body kit, dark exterior trim, and a sport steering wheel. Other options available include the Bang & Olufsen surround audio system, active roll stabilization, automated parallel-parking system, a variable-ratio steering, pedestrian detection, and an infrared night vision display.

Engine Specs – 2017 BMW 6 Series

An eight-speed auto transmission system with paddle shifters, a rear-wheel-drive, and a launch control all come standard. The xDrive is optional.

A turbocharged 3.0L inline-six engine rated at 330 pounds of torque and 315 horsepower is available for the 2017 BMW 640i engine. Also, an automatic stop-start system is available, which shuts down the engine whenever the vehicle comes to a halt.

As per the EPA fuel economy ratings, the 640i coupe should return 20/31/24 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 20/31/24 mpg for the 640i Convertible. With an xDrive, expect 20/29/23 mpg for both the convertible and coupe.

Stepping up the performance to another level is the 2017 BMW 650i, which comes with a 4.4L turbocharged V8 engine rated at 445 horsepower and 480 pounds of torque. EPA stats for the 650i convertible and coupe stand at 17/25/20 mpg, and 16/25/19 mpg for the 650i xDrive.

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Release Date & 2017 BMW 6 Series Convertible Price

The 2017 BMW 6 Series coupe should set you back by an MSRP price starting from $77, 300, the Sedan from $79,500, and $84,800 for the Convertible. As for its release date, we should expect the first model this fall.

2017 BMW 2 Series Release Date, Specs and Info

The new and updated BMW 2 Series for 2017 is a small, performance oriented vehicle that has been able to combined comfort and sportiness. It is a highly recommended vehicle particularly for those who need adequate backseat. Some of the highlights for 2017 include an excellent handling, impressive and fuel-sipping engines, a quiet ride, feature-rich interior, and high quality equipment levels. Its release date should be expected sometime early next year.

2017 BMW 2 Series
2017 BMW 2 Series

For 2017, the previously optional Premium package is now standard, and now, the M235i Convertible can be ordered with an AWD system. Also, the 2017 BMW 2 Series 228i trim now comes with standard sport seats. And lastly, a new Luxury package adds chrome exterior and leather trim.

For those of us who have been dreaming of a luxury and comfort laden small car able to effortlessly cruise the highway and a winding mountain, there exists no direct competitor to what the 2017 BMW 2 Series offers.

Walking in the footsteps of its predecessors, the vehicle blends a choice of robust powerplants and a small footprint for impressive results. The 2 Series provides an exceptional performance even for in its base form. An adjustable suspension system, bigger wheels, upgraded brakes, and a dynamically impressive design, the M235I steps up the performance to a whole new perspective.

However, there still exists some cons worth lamenting about. For instance, it lacks a sedan body style and the backseat is cramped. But for those looking for more interior room can sample the superfluity compact luxury class offerings. Some of the options include Ford Mustang 2017, 2017 Chevrolet Camaro, and 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class.

BMW 2 Series – Available Trims

For 2017, BMW 2 Series buyers will be provided with two trims to choose from: either a 228i or M235i trim. The 2017 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer 7-seater is reviewed separately.

2017 BMW 2 Series Exterior Changes & Interior Colors

The sprightly equipped 228i trim comes equipped with a seven-speaker sound system, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, automatic climate control (dual zone), satellite and HD radio, leatherette upholstery, cruise control, automatic headlights, LED foglights, BMW’s iDrive electronics interface, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, automatic wipers, and a 6.5” infotainment screen.

2017 BMW 2 Series front
2017 BMW 2 Series front

An optional Premium package available for the above trim comes bundled with keyless ignition and entry, driver memory functions, power-folding heated side mirrors, satellite radio, auto-dimming side mirrors, ambient interior and exterior lighting, rear view mirrors, and 10-way sport front seats.

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The high-performance version – M235i model comes equipped with a rear spoiler, a sportier variable-ratio steering, an M sport steering, adaptive suspension dampers, upgraded aluminum trim, upgraded brakes, an aerodynamic body kit, grey outside mirror caps, a sport exhaust system, and LED accent lights. Furthermore, the Premium package is standard for the M235i trim.

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2017 BMW 2 Series back

The M-Sport package comes with a variety of performance-oriented features optional for the M235i trim. They include an aerodynamic body kit, summer performance 18” wheels, a sport suspension system, Shadowline exterior trim, and an M-Sport steering wheel. Also optional available is the Track Handling package that comes with an adaptive variable steering and suspension system, upgraded brakes, and 18” alloy wheels.

Those aching for more comfort can opt for the Luxury package that comes with chrome exterior trim, 18” wheels and leather upholstered cabin.

2017 BMW 2 Series interior
2017 BMW 2 Series interior

Other packages available for the M235i and 228i include the Cold Weather package that comes bundled with heated steering wheel, headlight washers, and front heated seats. The Technology Package adds a navigation system, Facebook and Pandora apps (BMW Apps), a higher-resolution 8.8” infotainment system, an enhanced driver information display, and BMW Remote Services.

Lastly, the Driver Assistance package wraps up the optional packages offerings. It comes hustled with a forward collision mitigation system, rear and front parking sensors, a lane departure warning system, automatic high-beam headlights, pedestrian detection, and automatic braking system.

2017 BMW 2 Series Engine Specs

By default, the fresh 2017 BMW 2 Series is a RWD, while optional is the xDrive system. To kick start the engine performance 2017 offerings is the turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine available on the 2017 BMW 2 Series 228i trim. Its output stands at 241 horsepower and 255 pounds of torque. During our test drive, a rear-wheel-drive 228i coupe accelerated from 0-60 mph in just 5.1 seconds.

Stepping up the performance arena is the M235I which comes equipped with a 3.0L inline six-cylinder engine rated at 321 horsepower and 330 pounds of torque. Hustling a RWD M235i to 60 mph resulted in a blistering 4.5 seconds.

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Price & 2017 BMW 2 Series Release Date

We should expect the vehicle early next year. As for the price, the base should set you back by an MSRP starting from $32,850.

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