BMW adds plug-in hybrid to X5 line-up

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BMW will extend its X5 portfolio in 2019 with the addition of a plug-in hybrid system. The  BMW X5 xDrive45e iPerformance combines a model-specific in-line six-cylinder petrol ICE (featuring BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology) with the OEM’s eDrive technology. The plug-in hybrid drive results in an increased system output of 399ps.

The X5 xDrive45e iPerformance achieves zero to 100km/h in 5.6 seconds – more than a second faster than the predecessor model. The top speed when driving on electric power increases from 120km/h to 140km/h.

The OEM’s preliminary electrically powered range is now approximately 80km – nearly three times that of its predecessor. Combined fuel consumption is reduced to 2.1l/100km, while the relevant CO₂ emissions figure is now 49g/km.

BMW X5 line-up expands with new plug-in hybrid variantAn electrical system output of 113ps, a lithium-ion battery with extended storage capacity and further developed power electronics give the plug-in hybrid system unique performance characteristics and improved efficiency.

The two drive units generate a combined output of 399ps and a maximum torque of 600Nm. The ICE and electric motor deliver their power to an 8-speed Steptronic transmission and BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system.

Drive torque is transferred to all four wheels when driving under electric power, as well as when using the combustion engine, or when both drive units are in use.

The high-voltage battery is positioned in the underbody area of the vehicle, lowering the center of gravity. The  X5 xDrive45e iPerformance is fitted as standard with a two-axle air suspension and electronically controlled dampers. The optional suspension systems available for the plug-in hybrid model include integral active steering.

BMW X5 line-up expands with new plug-in hybrid variant

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Matt joined UKi Media & Events in 2014 after seven years of living and working in Dubai. He has been a journalist for over a decade and has worked for a wide range of publications, including Rolling Stone, Time Out, iQ and Loaded. After starting out on the automotive team as deputy editor of Engine Technology International, Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology International and Transmissions Technology International, he began editing Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology International in 2016, and took over as editor of Tire Technology International in 2018.

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