The BMW X5 xDrive40e has been unveiled and is the German company’s first production hybrid from the main brand. It is a concoction of the X5 combined with the company’s permanent all-wheel drive system as well as BMW’s EfficientDynamics eDrive technology. Combined power comes from a four-cylinder petrol engine with TwinPower Turbo technology and an electric motor together producing 313bhp and 450Nm of torque – meaning strong acceleration of 6.8 seconds to 62mph. The top speed is limited to 130mph but the headline grabbing 85.6mpg will be the main selling point of the car.
The engine is twinned with an 8-speed Steptronic transmission and the electric motor can be charged from any public charging station as well as from a domestic socket. The BMW i Wallbox allows for a faster charging time. The high voltage battery is housed underneath the luggage compartment but boot space is only slightly compromised with 500-1720 litres of space available. Fuel consumption is substantially reduced when doing day-to-day journeys of roughly 15 miles in urban traffic meaning no fuel emissions and an equivalent return of 94.2mpg – a high benchmark for this segment. The hybrid X5 can also run up to 19 miles in all-electric mode alone.
Drivers are given the choice of three modes: Comfort, Sport and EcoPro. Which all alter characteristics such as gear response to steering to Dynamic Damper Control. The EcoPro mode is focused on being as efficient as possible and even configures electrical comfort functions such as air conditioning and the heated seats to be optimised for efficiency. When travelling at speeds from 0-100mph, the coasting function shuts down the engine allowing the vehicle to glide along without the expense of any fuel.
There is also the eDrive button as standard which modifies the power train between Auto eDrive, Max eDrive and Save. Auto uses both engine and battery power to provide the best response for the driver. Max eDrive is an all-electric mode which can achieve a maximum speed of 75mph. Whilst the Save mode uses the petrol engine to charge the battery.
Styling on the inside and out remains largely the same as the standard X5. On the outside there’s a charging port by the front wheel and subtle eDrive badging as well as slightly different wheels which are more aerodynamic. Inside, the dashboard has been taken straight from the standard X5 with a few hybrid related controls added.
Full pricing and specifications will be announced closer to the car’s launch in Autumn this year but expect a price tag around the £55,000 mark.