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.
An 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.