BMW has established a €68,400 starting price in Germany for the X5 xDrive40e which will go on sale this fall. It’s the most fuel efficient SAV offered by the Bavarian marque thanks to a plug-in hybrid system that combines a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine with an electric motor, a 9 kWh lithium-ion battery pack and an 8-speed Steptronic transmission. The combustion engine delivers 245 PS and 350 Nm of torque whereas the electric motor generates an additional 113 PS and 250 Nm. With a combined output of 313 PS and 450 Nm, the hybridized X5 runs the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint in 6.8 seconds and tops out at 130 mph (210 km/h) which has been electronically limited.
More importantly, the BMW X5 xDrive40e has an average fuel consumption of 3.4 – 3.3 liters / 100 km (69.1 – 71.2 mpg US or 83.1 – 85.6 mpg UK) and can be driven in electric mode for up to 19 miles (31 km). Once the battery is depleted, a full recharge will take 3 hours and 50 minutes when using a regular household socket while with the optional BMW i Wallbox the charging time is reduced to 2 hours and 45 minutes.
As a final note, BMW mentions an electronically-capped top speed of 75 mph (120 km/h) when the vehicle relies solely on the power generated by the electric motor.