BMW X5 xDrive40e PHEV Unveiled

BMW is getting ready to launch a plug-in hybrid SUV, the BMW X5 xDrive40e.

This BMW PHEV will produce a total system horsepower of 313 through the use of a four-cylinder gasoline engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and a synchronous electric motor which is integrated in the vehicle’s 8-speed Steptronic transmission.

According to BMW, the BMW X5 xDrive40e achieves a combined fuel consumption between 3.4 and 3.3 litrers per 100 kilometers (83.1 and 85.6 mpg imp) on the EU test cycle as well as a combined electricity consumption of 15.4 to 15.3 kilowatt-hour over the same distance (62 miles).

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The company expects the BMW X5 xDrive40e to complete the sprint from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour (62 mph) in 6.8 seconds.

The MAX eDrive mode can be engaged by the driver through the eDrive button, enabling the BMW X5 xDrive40e to run purely on electric power, good for a range of up to approximately 19 miles (31 kilometers) with a limited maximum speed of 120 kilometers per hour (75 mph).

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To save space the lithium-ion high-voltage battery is housed underneath the luggage compartment floor.

An intelligent energy management function is also offered as a special model-specific feature that, BMW explained, works in conjunction with the Navigation system Professional which comes in the BMW X5 xDrive40e. Whenever route guidance is active, data on the route profile is factored into powertrain control along with real-time traffic information. When driving medium to long distances, the system can ensure it is possible to drive purely on electric power on urban sections by using Brake Energy Regeneration and managing the battery’s energy reserves in a targeted and efficient manner.

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The hybrid-specific version of the BMW Remote app makes it possible to check the battery’s state of charge, locate public charging stations or call up efficiency evaluations for the BMW X5 xDrive40e on a smartphone. The auxiliary heating and ventilation functions can also be activated remotely. These are powered by electricity from the battery or from the mains supply while charging.

Being based on the BMW X5, the prospective buyer of a X5 xDrive40e can opt for Design Pure Experience and Pure Excellence packages for the exterior and interior, or the M Sport package and the bespoke features from BMW Individual.