BMW has revealed the plug-in hybrid variant of the 4th generation X5 named X5 xDrive45e iPerformance. Quite a mouthful, indeed.
Besides the badges, it gets tastefully-applied subtle blue touches to let the people know that you’re exploring the driving pleasure and joy, responsibly. Not that the others aren’t, but you know, just saying.
The 3.0L in-line 6-cylinder petrol engine is combined with a 82 kW (112 metric hp) electric motor at the rear, producing a total system output of 290 kW or 394 metric hp, and a maximum system torque of 600 Nm (443 lb-ft). As the xDrive in the name suggests, an 8-speed Steptronic transmission sends power to all four wheels.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re driving on electric power alone or using the combustion engine or both drive units, the xDrive AWD sends torque to all four wheels, which according to the company, ensures sporty driving pleasure on the road and supreme off-road performance over loose terrain at all times.
If you’re wondering, the pure electric mode gets you a range of 80 km (50 mi) — more than three times that of its predecessor. As for the efficiency figures, the X5 plug-in hybrid consumes 2.1 litres for 100 km and emits 49 grams of CO2 per km. All these figures are preliminary, and are apparently based on new WLTP regulations which are translated back to NEDC equivalent value.
Thanks to the underbody-positioned lithium-ion battery pack, the centre of gravity is lower than in the conventionally powered SAV model variants. The luggage compartment volume of the X5 xDrive45e iPerformance is about 150 litres less. When all seats are used, the storage volume is 500 litres and when the rear backrests are folded down, the volume increases to 1,716 litres. Fuel tank can hold 69 litres.
As for the performance, a 0-100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration happens in 5.6 seconds and top speed is 235 km/h (146 mph). The electric-only top speed is 140 km/h or 87 mph (up from 120 km/h). Also standard on the plug-in hybrid is a two-axle air suspension and electronically controlled dampers. Options list includes integral active steering.
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