After making its online appearance last month, the BMW X5 xDrive40e is now being publicly showcased in China at Auto Shanghai 2015.

After making its online appearance last month, the BMW X5 xDrive40e is now being publicly showcased in China at Auto Shanghai 2015.

 

Back in September 2013 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, BMW took the wraps off the X5 eDrive concept which now has evolved into a production car which will be commercialized with the "xDrive40e" moniker. The Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) uses a plug-in hybrid setup consisting of a four-cylinder 2.0-liter turbo engine teamed up with an electric motor, 8-speed Steptronic transmission and a 9 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.

 

The combustion engine inside the X5 xDrive40e delivers 245 PS (180 kW) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) while the electric motor generates an additional 113 PS (83 kW) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft). With a combined output of 313 PS (230 kW) and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft), the plug-in hybrid SAV needs 6.8 seconds until 62 mph (100 km/h) and will hit a top speed of 130 mph (210 km/h) which is electronically limited.

 

According to BMW, the model has an impressive fuel consumption of only 3.4 - 3.3 liters / 100 km (83.1 - 85.6 mpg UK or 69.1 - 71.2 mpg US) and emits 78 - 77 g/km of CO2. It can also run in zero-emissions mode for up to 19 miles (31 km) during which the top speed is capped at 75 mph (120 km/h). Using a regular household socket will recharge the battery in 3 hours and 50 minutes, but there's also an optional BMW i Wallbox reducing the charging time to 2 hours and 45 minutes.

Pricing details will be released closer to the model's launch scheduled for this fall once production will kick off at the Spartanburg factory in South Carolina where BMW also makes the regular X5 along with the X3, X4 and X6.

 

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BMW X5 xDrive40e is a plug-in hybrid SAV in Shanghai