Sunday, March 15, 2015

World Premiere: BMW X5 xDrive40e Hybrid

BMW’s first plug-in hybrid X5 makes its world debut today. The new BMW X5 xDrive40e comes to market to compete in a fast growing segment …

BMW’s first plug-in hybrid X5 makes its world debut today. The new BMW X5 xDrive40e comes to market to compete in a fast growing segment and opens the doors for future BMW SUV hybrids.

313 horsepower and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) of torque

Permanent all-wheel drive and the BMW EfficientDynamics eDrive technology endow the BMW X5 xDrive40e with sensational sportiness and supreme poise on the one hand and outstanding efficiency on the other. The vehicle comes with a total system output of 230 kW/313 hp generated by a four-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and a synchronous electric motor.
BMW’s first plug-in hybrid X5 makes its world debut today. The new BMW X5 xDrive40e comes to market to compete ...

The Lithium-ion high-voltage battery has 96 cells and a capacity of 9.0 kWh. The electric motor produces 113 horsepower.

This allows the luxury X5 hybrid model to deliver a remarkable performance. The car accelerates from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in 6.8 seconds. This is accomplished thanks to a max torque of 184lb-ft available from 0 rpm from the electric motor. Top speed is electronically limited to 130mph (210mph) or 75mph (130km/h) when running on electric power.

Alongside the performance, there’s outstanding efficiency as well. The BMW X5 xDrive40e achieves a combined fuel consumption of 3.4 – 3.3 liters per 100 kilometers (83.1 – 85.6 mpg imp) and a combined electricity consumption of 15.4 – 15.3 kWh over the same distance. CO2 emissions come in at 78 – 77 grams per kilometer (figures according to EU test cycle for plug-in hybrid vehicles, may vary depending on the Tyre format specified). Interestingly enough, the fuel consumption levels stack this model alongside some highly efficient hatchbacks, like the VW Polo for example, all in a big, spacious and luxurious vehicle.