2019 BMW X5 xDrive45e plug-in hybrid revealed with 80 km of electric range

Fourth-gen X5 goes PHEV

BMW X5 xDrive45e iPerformance is the name of the Bavarian SUV's plug-in hybrid variant, announced today and slated for market launch in 2019. 

While you may want to refrain from mentioning the full, multi-character designation of the model to your friends, its facts and figures could become talking points because they are quite impressive.

For starters, the second-generation hybrid X5 comes with a 3.0-liter inline-six petrol engine that makes 286 hp on its own (the previous hybrid X5 had a 2.0-liter unit). Then, there’s an electric motor that generates 112 hp, and a lithium-ion battery with “extended storage capacity,” which is located in the underbody, although BMW wouldn’t say exactly how big the battery is. Together, the combustion engine and electric motor produce a total output of 394 hp and 600 Nm.

Power is sent to all four wheels through BMW’s Steptronic 8-speed automatic transmission and xDrive all-wheel drive system. In other words, both the 3.0-liter engine and the electric motor utilize the gearbox for power delivery – separately or together, depending on the settings desired by the driver.

The BMW X5 xDrive45e iPerformance sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 5.6 seconds and has a top speed of 235km/h (146 mph). When it comes to fuel economy and range, the plug-in hybrid SUV boasts a combined fuel consumption of just 2.1 l/100 km, CO2 emissions of 49 g/km, and an all-electric range of “approximately 80 kilometers” - that's around 50 miles, while the fuel tank can hold 69 liters of petrol.

With a big battery under the car, cargo capacity has decreased by 150 liters compared to a non-hybrid X5 and now measures 500 liters in volume when all the seats are used. Fold the rear backrests, and capacity increases to 1,716 liters.

Two-axle air suspension and electronically controlled dampers come as standard, and there’s also integral active steering (a fancy way of saying four-wheel steering) as an option.

The BMW X5 xDrive45e iPerformance will go on sale in 2019 when we expect to find out more about the model and its price.

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