BMW have released details of their first plugin-hybrid SUV, the X5 xDrive40e.
The X5 xDrive40 has a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder engine with an additional electric motor, which is powered by a lithium-ion battery.
The engine and motor combine to put out 308 horsepower through its 8-speed automatic transmission (optionally equipped with shift paddles) to its permanent all-wheel drive. This will take the xDrive40e from 0-60mph in 6.5 seconds and still do around 55 MPG (estimated), the top speed is electronically limited to 130 mph.
The SUV has three power modes with the AUTO eDrive setting activated by default. This setting uses both the motor and the engine but only the electric motor is used until you hit about 45 mph, or if you put your foot down.
There is also an all-electric drive MAX eDrive mode, where only the motor is used. BMW say the X5 will go about 13 miles on this when fully charged and speed in this mode is limited to 75 mph.
Finally there is a SAVE Battery setting that will let you build up power in the battery, ideal maybe on the highway.
The hybrid X5 can be topped up from any 120-volt/15 amp electrical outlet or at public charging station. The crucial charge times are 3 hours and 50 minutes from a wall socket or 2 hours and 45 mins from a BMW Charging Station. The later is available as part of the company’s 360 Electric service, you can read more about that here.
You can expect the 2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e to hit dealerships in the U.S. this fall.
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