BMW has revealed its first plug-in hybrid production car in form of BMW X5 xDrive40e as it goes on sale in September 2015. The BMW X5 xDrive40e is being manufactured at the BMW Spartanburg plant in the US state of South Carolina. It combines the versatility and luxurious ambience of the X5, along with the superb traction provided by the BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system, with BMW’s EfficientDynamics eDrive technology for outstanding efficiency.
The intelligently controlled interaction between the combustion engine and the electric drive, which together generate a total system output of 313bhp, endows the BMW X5 xDrive40e with strong acceleration while simultaneously realising a substantial reduction in fuel consumption and emissions. It returns a combined fuel consumption of up to 85.6mpg (36.39kmpl), and a combined electricity consumption of 15.3kWh. The BMW X5 xDrive40e reaps the benefits of the technology and know-how transferred from BMW’s i brand, with exceptionally efficient performance as well as all-electric mobility with zero tailpipe emissions, as and when required.
The drive system of the BMW X5 xDrive40e comprises a four-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, and a synchronous electric motor integrated with the 8-speed Steptronic transmission. The 2.0L engine generates a maximum power of 245bhp and 350Nm of peak torque. The electric motor has an output of 113hp, while its maximum torque of 250Nm is available instantly in typical electric drive fashion. Assuming the high-voltage battery is fully charged, daily commutes of up to 60 kilometers can therefore be completed with a fuel consumption of no more than 43.5mpg (15.4kmpl), depending on driving style.
The BMW X5 xDrive40e completes the 0-100kmph sprint in just 6.8 seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 210kmph. In all-electric drive mode, the vehicle is capable of a top speed of 120kmph, again, electronically limited. The X5 plug-in hybrid has BMW xDrive permanent all-wheel-drive system with shift paddles on the steering wheel as an optional feature. As it is linked to the DSC (Dynamic Stability Control), the xDrive system is capable of acting in advance to counter vehicle understeer or oversteer, and to split the distribution of torque for the best handling balance.