BMW X5 xDrive40e plug-in hybrid SUV receives a petrol and electric motor. Petrol motor is in the form of a turbocharged 2.0 liter four cylinder direct injection, offering 180 kW and 350 Nm, while electric motor offers 83 kW and 250 Nm torque giving combined 230 kW power and 450 Nm torque. All this power and torque is transferred to wheels via 8 speed automatic gearbox.
The 9.0 kWh lithium ion battery pack consists of 96 individual cells. Recharge time is at 2 hours and 48 minutes on an optional 3.5 kW wall box operating at 16 amperes and 230 V. Battery pack is situated at the rear, considerably reducing boot space by 150 liters.
BMW X5 xDrive40e plug-in hybrid SUV offers three driving modes – Auto eDrive, Max eDrive and Save Battery. Auto eDrive sees the electric motor supplement the petrol engine for peak performance while Max eDrive sees use of exclusive electric power. In Save Battery mode, battery power is conserved for use in areas where electric vehicles are excluded from road charges. In the xDrive40e, acceleration from 0 to 100 kmph is achieved in 6.8 seconds while top speed is at 210 kmph.
The model sits on standard 8.5J x 18 inch wheels with 255/55 R18 tyres. BMW X5 delivers combined fuel consumption stands at 3.3liters per 100 km (or 30.30 kmpl) and CO2 ratings of 77 g/km. Standard equipment will include Navigation System Professional, auxiliary heating and ventilation system and Adaptive Suspension Package Comfort including rear air suspension and Dynamic Damper Control. Design Pure Experience and Pure Excellence packages for exterior and interior will also be offered in the BMW X5 xDrive40e plug-in hybrid SUV.
BMW X5 xDrive40e plug-in hybrid SUV will be produced at the company’s production plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina from where the company also produces regular X5, X6, X3 and X4. BMW X5 xDrive40e official launch is pegged for fall 2015.