BMW introduces X5 xDrive40e plug-in hybrid

BMW introduces X5 xDrive40e plug-in hybrid image

Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: BMW Press | posted March 17, 2015 12:18

Production version of BMW X5 eDrive concept revealed

BMW has just revealed the X5 xDrive40e plug-in hybrid, the automaker's first hybrid vehicle outside of their "i" sub-brand.

Essentially the production version of the X5 eDrive concept that the company first revealed during the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, it combines the AWD capability of their Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) and the fuel efficiency of a hybrid powertrain.

The BMW X5 xDrive40e hybrid rear

The outside still looks like the current-generation X5 and features the brand's distinct aesthetics like the dual kidney grill design, dual headlights, and L-shaped taillights. The lithium-ion batteries of the X5 was installed underneath the luggage compartment, which allows for a generous cargo capacity that ranges from 500 liters to 1, 720 liters.

The interior of the BMW X5 xDrive40e

The hybrid powertrain of the X5 xDrive40e consist of a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline-four engine and a synchronous electric motor that delivers a combined system output of 313 PS. It is mated to BMW's 8-speed Steptronic gearbox which allows it to sprint from 0 – 100 km/h in 6.8 seconds before hitting a top speed of 210 km/h.

The charging dock of the BMW X5 xDrive40e

BMW says the X5 plug-in has an average fuel consumption of 30 km/l and an average electric consumption that ranges from 15.3 – 15.4 kWh over the same distance according to BMW. It also has an electric mode called 'Max eDrive' that gives the car a top speed of 120 km/h and a total electric distance of approximately 31 km.