BMW has unveiled the X5 xDrive40e which represents a production version of the X5 eDrive concept.

BMW has unveiled the X5 xDrive40e which represents a production version of the X5 eDrive concept.


It seems rumors were spot on as the X5 xDrive40e is indeed a production version of the X5 eDrive concept unveiled back in 2013 at the Frankfurt Motor Show and then updated for last year's New York Auto Show. It's an important model for the Bavarian marque as it's their first ever production non i-badged plug-in hybrid car which mixes up a four-cylinder, 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine with an electric motor, 9 kWh lithium-ion battery pack and an eight-speed Steptronic gearbox. It sits on 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped around in 255/55 R18 tires and tips the scales at 2,230 kg (4,916 lbs).


The conventional engine puts out 245 HP (180 kW) and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm) while the electric motor generates 113 HP (83 kW) and 184 lb-ft (250 Nm), thus granting the X5 xDrive40e with a combined output of 313 HP (230 kW) and 332 lb-ft (450 Nm). This hardware arrangement allows the plug-in hybrid X5 run the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint in 6.8 seconds before topping out at an electronically-capped 130 mph (210 km/h). When running solely on electric power, it will hit a limited top speed of 75 mph (120 km/h) and travel for up to 19 miles (31 km) before the battery is depleted.


More importantly, the BMW X5 xDrive40e has an average fuel consumption of 3.4 - 3.3 liters / 100 km (83.1 - 85.6 mpg UK or 69.1 - 71.2 mpg US), with corresponding CO2 emissions of 78 - 77 g/km. The aforementioned battery has been installed underneath the trunk to save space which allows the plug-in hybrid SUV provide a generous cargo capacity ranging between 500 to 1,720 liters. The battery can be fully recharged in 3 hours and 50 minutes when using a regular household outlet or in 2 hours and 45 minutes when using the optional BMW i Wallbox.

BMW has announced production will take place at their Spartanburg factory in South Carolina where they also put together the regular X5 as well as the X3, X4 and X6 models.

Additional details are available in the attached press release.


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