GREEN LIGHT FOR X5 HYBRID: BMW's new X5 XDrive40e is in production though not yet confirmed for SA. Image: BMW
BMW’s new X5 XDrive40e is the first plug-in hybrid from the core brand not branded as an i-car.
The hybrid is powered by a four-cylinder two-litre turbo petrol capable of 180kW/350Nm, combined with an electric motor (83kW/250Nm), for a total output of 230kW/450Nm.
The hybrid engine is mated to an eight-speed steptronic, driving power to all four wheels, enabling the SUV to reach 0-100km/h in 6.8 seconds and on to a limited top speed of 209km/h.
The XDrive40e has a claimed fuel consumption of 3.4 litres/100km with emissions of 77g/km. BMW claims its new hybrid X5 can reach 31km in electric mode though top speed is limited to 120km/h.
The battery, BMW says, can be recharged from any “domestic 220V socket”, a BMW Wallbox or public charging station.
IMAGE GALLERY: 2015 BMW X5 XDrive40e
Inside it has model-specific menu options and readouts via its iDrive system’. An energy flow display can be called up on the move and charging the battery from a mains power supply can also be controlled from the iDrive menu.
Despite the battery stored under the luggage compartment, the X5 still offers 500 litres of stowage space or 1720 with the rear seats folded.
Power is managed via the eDrive button on the centre console and offers three modes:
Auto – The default driving mode uses both petrol and battery power.
Max – Electric mode
Save – Allows drivers to conserve battery power or build-up charge when braking and accelerating downhill.
BMW REMOTE APP
The hybrid uses the standard X5’s driving experience control, with three modes (comfort, sport, EcoProc) to adjust throttle, suspension and steering response.
To distinguish itself from fossil-fuelled variants the X5 has a number of design differences, the obvious being its eDrive badging, blue lighting and filler-cap positioned ahead of the left front door.
It’s hybrid-specific version of BMW’s Remote app, as seen on the i3 and i8, makes it possible to check EV range, find public charging stations and activate the aircon from your cellphone.
BMW’s has yet to confirm whether its new hybrid X5, already in production, will arrive in South Africa.