BMW has uncovered the plug-in hybrid version of its fourth-generation X5 large SUV, with it featuring increased outputs and improved battery-only driving range, ahead of a global release next year.
While it is not yet confirmed for Australia, BMW Australia has said it is “very interested” in the X5 xDrive45e. The company currently sells the X5 xDrive40e plug-in hybrid, with it launching in April 2016.
The xDrive45e trumps the power output of the xDrive40e, which swaps out a 180kW/350Nm 2.0-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine for a 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder unit outputting 210kW and an unspecified amount of torque.
Despite power from the electric motor decreasing from 83kW to 82kW, total system output increases from 230kW/450Nm to 290kW/600Nm.
Fuel consumption is rated at just 2.1 litres per 100km, an improvement over the 40e’s claimed 3.3L/100km.
Fuel consumption is rated at just 2.1 litres per 100km, an improvement over the 40e’s claimed 3.3L/100km. Carbon dioxide emissions come in at 49 grams per km.
According to the brand, pure-electric driving range has been boosted to 80km, thanks to a lithium-ion battery with “extended storage capacity”, which increases battery-only range by 49km. Fuel capacity is 69L.
Due to the packaging requirements below the boot floor, luggage capacity is down 150 litres over the regular fourth-gen X5, to 500L, but grows to 1716L with the rear seats folded.
Overseas-market xDrive45es are fitted with a two-axle air suspension with electronically controlled dampers as standard, while rear-wheel steering is available as an option.
The petrol- and diesel-powered fourth-gen X5 range is set to arrive locally before the end of the year, meaning the plug-in hybrid should touch down some time in 2019.
Four variants are slated for launch, ranging from the 195kW/620Nm xDrive30d up to the 294kW/760Nm M50d. The full-fat X5 M is expected to arrive at a later stage.
Sales of the current X5 have experienced a slide in 2018, with 1910 registrations to the end of August, down 27.5 per cent year-on-year.