The BMW X5 xDrive40e Is A Plug In Hybrid That Is Fast, Luxurious And Green
BMW has been working for more than four years at their X5 plug in Hybrid. They’ve revealed two concepts, they’ve even called up journalists and organized test drives of concept cars that were almost finished. Now, four years after they started with the development they are revealing the car dubbed the X5 xDrive40e. It is the first BMW plug in hybrid with a four cylinder engine ever produced and it has to be very good.
The car is based on the usual newgen BMW X5 but its underbody is heavily revised and adopted for using a rather intricate propulsion system based on the two liter turbocharged petrol engine and an all new electric motor connected with a few hundreds of pounds worth of lithium ion batteries placed in the trunks floor. Interestingly, the BMW X5 xDrive40e isn’t so much different (in visual terms) than other versions of this highly popular SUV. Of course, its designation plaque now sits at the sides, the plug is hidden behind small doors at the front fender and the car has some other styling tweaks that differ it just slightly from the usual version. Nevertheless, the tech underneath is certainly far more different than anything in any other X5.
Preparing a four cylinder engine for an SUV such as the X5 was a tough call for the BMW. The X5 is way too big and too heavy to be driven only by a four banger, so BMW made the only thing reasonable – it included an additional electric engine. Although the new system consists of a petrol engine developing 240 HP and an electric motor giving out 113 HP, BMW estimated that the maximum power of the system is rated at the 313 HP. That is fair enough for a SUV, but 9 kWh batteries and a complicated tech certainly up the mass to stratosphere. 5.080 pounds is the official mass of the BMW X5 xDrive40e and that is, frankly, a bit over the top. Riding such a heavy SUV means that BMW had to beef up the suspension, get bigger wheels, make the X5 more robust and make it more in line with todays standards. However, four wheel drive system and the 8 speed automatic transmission can use all of the power available.
Official performance sheet says that the BMW X5 xDrive40e can accelerate to 62 mph in 6.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 130 mph. That is, of course, more than enough for any car and it is enough for the X5 Hybrid. However, data sheet mention the fuel consumption level as well and BMW states that the BMW X5 xDrive40e is able to cover 70 miles per gallon. Dare we say it, we do not believe that that is achievable in the real world, so a closer figure would be 25-30 mpgs which is honestly astonishing considering the type of a car this is and the weight of the thing.
As it is a plug-in hybrid, BMW promises that it can cover 20 miles using only electricity and while in the EV mode the car is limited to maximum speed of 75 mph. Really, if your daily commute isn’t more than 30 miles, it is very possible that this large SUV might be even cheap to drive and luxurious to ride in. Moreover, with 75 grams of CO2 emission per kilometer, this Beemer is greener than anyone would ever think. That is the main reason for developing it and because of these reasons BMW made available the special BMW i Wallbox charging point which enables the batteries to be recharged in 2 hours and 45 minutes. If you don’t want to opt for it, “normal” charging point will get 9 kWh batteries to 100 percent in four hours.
Production of this SUV is based in the US in South Carolina, but we guess this thing will be almost as expensive as the most powerful X5 cars.
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