BMW has announced its X5 xDrive40e hybrid, the first model in the brands history to offer a plug-in hybrid powertrain. The announcement comes just in time to compete in the fast-growing plug-in hybrid SUV segment.
The BMW X5 xDrive40e hybrid combines the automaker’s award-winning 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder engine and an electric motor, allowing the SUV to travel about 13 miles on electric power before the gasoline engine kicks in.
The X5 xDrive40e might be efficient, but it certainly doesn’t lack in power. When designing the plug-in hybrid SUV, BMW kept front and center the core values of the X5 – utility and practicality, combined with luxury appeal and comfort. The X5 xDrive40e pumps out 308 hp and produces 332 lb-ft of torque, enough to get the SUV from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.5 seconds.
According to a news release, “The BMW X5 xDrive40e reaps the benefits of the technology and know-how transferred from the debut of the BMW i cars. The BMW i8 blazes a trail for seamless blending of sustainability and The Ultimate Driving MachineTM driving thanks to plug-in hybrid drive power. These traits can now be enjoyed in a model from the core BMW brand.”
Look for the BMW X5 xDrive40e hybrid to officially premier at the Shanghai Motor Show, and eventually make its way to JMK BMW and dealerships nationwide this fall!