BMW has announced the second generation plug-in hybrid X5 Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV), the newest addition to the X5 lineup.
The X5 xDrive45e arrives with a SULEV Super ultra-low emissions vehicle rating which can bring additional benefits in states which offer special consideration to drivers of electrified vehicles, such as high occupancy lane access stickers.
The new x5 xDrive45e greatly enhances performance over the previous X5 xDrive40e with a 3.0-litre, six-cylinder TwinPower turbocharged internal combustion engine (replacing the previous generation’s 2.0-litre, four-cylinder TwinPower turbocharged motor) BMW’s latest eDrive technology and a larger, more advanced high-voltage electric battery.
The combined power of the new PHEV drivetrain is 389 hp, a bump of 81 hp over the previous generation.
Torque is now 443 ft/lb, an increase of 111 ft/lbs.
The 0-60 mph acceleration time is 5.3 seconds, 1.2 seconds faster than before.
The prodigious amount of torque also allows for a factory-installed optional trailer hitch (rated for 7,200 lbs. of towing).
The high-voltage battery grows in size to 24 kWh, up from the previous X5 xDrive40e’s 12 kWh capacity.
As a result, electric-only range doubles from a previous EPA rating of 14 miles to a new (EPA estimated (US) 30-mile range. Electric-only top speed increases from 75 mph to 84 mph.
The high-voltage battery is positioned in the underbody of the X5, minimizing impact on cargo space.
With the rear seats up, cargo space is only 0.8 cubic feet less than the standard X5. With the rear seats folded, cargo space is 1.1 cubic feet less.
The X5 xDrive45e features three drive modes:
• Hybrid – the default mode upon start up. This fully automatic setting allows the advanced electronics to determine the most efficient or performance-oriented combined use of gasoline and electric power based on driver input. Electric-only driving may be experienced at speeds up to 68 mph in this mode.
• Electric – This electric only mode can be used at speeds up to 84 mph. The driver can change back to hybrid mode by either pushing the throttle pedal through the kick-down position or via the eDrive button on the center console.
• Sport – This keeps the combustion engine engaged for particularly sporty driving and allows for more aggressive energy regeneration from engine and mechanical braking.