BMW X5 xDrive40e — BMW’s New Plug-In Hybrid SUV — Nearly Here

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BMW’s new production plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) — now known as the BMW X5 xDrive40e — is getting closer and closer to hitting the market, and the main specs are now publicly available. And these specs are certainly worth taking a look at.

The X5 PHEV possesses a total system output of 313 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque — this is split between 245 horsepower and 258 lbs-feet of torque provided by the 2.0 liter four-cylinder gasoline engine, and 113 horses and 184 lbs-ft provided by the electric motor integrated in the 8-speed Steptronic transmission.

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The model does 0–60 mph (0–100 km/h) in 6.8 seconds, and is outfitted with a 9 kilowatt-hour battery pack — which provides ~19 miles (31 kilometers) in all-electric range. The X5 PHEV does possess a fuel efficiency of ~70 miles per gallon (4 liters/100 km), though — somewhat making up for the very limited all-electric range.

Sister site Gas2 provides more info and fun commentary:

Sure, you want details. Okay, let’s do the numbers. Electric-only range is 19 miles at speeds up to 75 mph, and the X5 PHEV’s top speed is electronically limited to 130 mph. A 9-kWh battery pack is strapped to the back of the car underneath the cargo area.

The X5 phev is loaded with creature comforts as one would expect of BMW but it takes web based connectivity to a new level for drivers. 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 therefore ensure it is possible to drive purely on electric power on urban sections by using Brake Energy Regeneration and managing the high-voltage battery’s energy reserves in a targeted and efficient manner.

For those that are (somewhat) environmentally conscious, you’ll be interested to know that carbon dioxide emissions total around 77–78 grams per kilometer (based on the European Union’s testing protocol).

The X5 xDrive40e PHEV is currently set to go on sale in Europe sometime later this year. The release date for the US has yet to be revealed.


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