World Premiere: BMW X5 xDrive40e Hybrid

BMW X5 | March 15th, 2015 by 19
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BMW’s first plug-in hybrid X5 makes its world debut today. The new BMW X5 xDrive40e comes to market to compete in a fast growing segment …

BMW’s first plug-in hybrid X5 makes its world debut today. The new BMW X5 xDrive40e comes to market to compete in a fast growing segment and opens the doors for future BMW SUV hybrids.

313 horsepower and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) of torque

Permanent all-wheel drive and the BMW EfficientDynamics eDrive technology endow the BMW X5 xDrive40e with sensational sportiness and supreme poise on the one hand and outstanding efficiency on the other. The vehicle comes with a total system output of 230 kW/313 hp generated by a four-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and a synchronous electric motor.

The Lithium-ion high-voltage battery has 96 cells and a capacity of 9.0 kWh. The electric motor produces 113 horsepower.

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This allows the luxury X5 hybrid model to deliver a remarkable performance. The car accelerates from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in 6.8 seconds. This is accomplished thanks to a max torque of 184lb-ft available from 0 rpm from the electric motor. Top speed is electronically limited to 130mph (210mph) or 75mph (130km/h) when running on electric power.

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Alongside the performance, there’s outstanding efficiency as well. The BMW X5 xDrive40e achieves a combined fuel consumption of 3.4 – 3.3 liters per 100 kilometers (83.1 – 85.6 mpg imp) and a combined electricity consumption of 15.4 – 15.3 kWh over the same distance. CO2 emissions come in at 78 – 77 grams per kilometer (figures according to EU test cycle for plug-in hybrid vehicles, may vary depending on the Tyre format specified). Interestingly enough, the fuel consumption levels stack this model alongside some highly efficient hatchbacks, like the VW Polo for example, all in a big, spacious and luxurious vehicle.

Lithium-ion battery with flexible charging options, typical SAV versatility and an exclusive ambiance

The energy for the electric motor integrated in the 8-speed Steptronic transmission is drawn from a lithium-ion battery, which also supplies power to the low-voltage battery for the 12V electrical system aboard the BMW X5 xDrive40e via a voltage transformer. It can be recharged by connecting to any standard domestic power socket or a BMW i Wallbox, as well as at public charging stations.

To save space the high-voltage battery is housed underneath the luggage compartment floor, where it is also particularly well protected in the event of a crash. With 500 – 1,720 liters of luggage space, a three-part folding rear backrest and a luxuriously designed interior, the BMW X5 xDrive40e also boasts the high versatility associated with a large sports activity vehicle but blended with an exclusive ambiance.


The actual driving experience is likewise characterized by versatile and effortless performance. The intelligent hybrid powertrain control ensures that the engine and the electric motor act in unison in a way that optimises efficiency while also catering perfectly to the driver’s wishes.


The eDrive button on the center console allows the driver to adjust the hybrid drive’s operating mode. In the AUTO eDrive basic setting, the engine’s power is boosted to noticeable effect when accelerating or during quick bursts of speed by the electric drive, whose full torque of 250 Newton meters (184 lb-ft) is on tap from standstill for instantaneous power delivery. The BMW X5 xDrive40e completes the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.8 seconds.

Alternatively, the MAX eDrive mode can be engaged, enabling the BMW X5 xDrive40e to run purely on electric power – when driving in urban traffic for instance – resulting in zero local emissions. When the high-voltage battery is fully charged, the vehicle has a range of up to 31 kilometers (approx. 19 miles) in the all-electric drive mode with a limited maximum speed of 120 km/h (75 mph). The SAVE Battery mode can also be activated at the touch of a button, causing the high-voltage battery’s state of charge to be maintained or allowing energy to be accumulated again, e.g. by means of recuperation, if capacity is low. In this way, electrical energy can be deliberately conserved for all-electric driving later in the journey.


Regardless of the setting chosen with the eDrive button, the power stemming from both drive sources is permanently transmitted to the road via the intelligent all-wheel-drive system, BMW xDrive. The various vehicle set-ups that can be selected with the Driving Experience Control switch – COMFORT, SPORT and ECO PRO – are also available in all drive modes.

Hybrid-specific products and services from BMW ConnectedDrive and BMW 360° ELECTRIC

All of the driver assistance systems and mobility services from BMW ConnectedDrive offered as standard or as optional extras for the BMW X5 are also available to provide enhanced driving pleasure in the model variant with eDrive technology. An intelligent energy management function is also offered as a special model-specific feature that can be used in conjunction with the Navigation system Professional which is fitted as standard in the BMW X5 xDrive40e. Whenever route guidance is active, data on the route profile is factored into powertrain control along with real-time traffic information. When driving medium to long distances, the system can therefore ensure it is possible to drive purely on electric power on urban sections by using Brake Energy Regeneration and managing the high-voltage battery’s energy reserves in a targeted and efficient manner.


The hybrid-specific version of the BMW Remote app makes it possible to check the high-voltage battery’s state of charge, locate public charging stations or call up efficiency evaluations for the BMW X5 xDrive40e on a smartphone. The auxiliary heating and ventilation functions can also be activated remotely.

The BMW i Wallbox Pure and BMW i Wallbox Pro, including installation service, are available for home charging as part of the BMW 360° ELECTRIC concept, offering customers a particularly fast and convenient means of recharging the high-voltage battery while parked. Model-specific assistance services are also available. The ChargeNow service provides cash-free access to an extensive partner network of charging stations and billing of the charging costs with the ChargeNow card. The mobility service ParkNow Longterm, meanwhile, makes it easier to find a parking space or locate and book a parking spot with charging facilities.


Standard Equipment and Options

The comprehensive standard specification of the BMW X5 on the plug-in hybrid model is extended to include the Navigation system Professional as well as an auxiliary heating and ventilation system. This is powered by electricity from the high-voltage battery or from the mains supply while charging. As you know, all BMW X5 models come with standard dual zone automatic air conditioning system. The BMW X5 xDrive40e additionally comes equipped as standard with the Adaptive Suspension Package Comfort including rear air suspension and Dynamic Damper Control.

Beyond this, practically all the optional extras offered for the BMW X5 can also be specified for the plug-in hybrid model. The Design Pure Experience and Pure Excellence packages for the exterior and interior are also available for the BMW X5 xDrive40e, as are the M Sport package and the bespoke features from BMW Individual.


Production And Market Launch

BMW will launch the BMW X5 plug-in hybrid in Fall 2015. The cars will be built at BMW’s production plant in the Spartanburg, South Carolina where BMW builds the “regular X5, X6, X3 and X4 models as well. The BMW X5 xDrive40e is assembled on the same production line with other X5 models.

For the battery production, a newly constructed production hall on the site of BMW Spartanburg plant is handling the current needs.

The world premiere of the BMW X5 xDrive40e will take place in a few weeks at the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show.



19 responses to “World Premiere: BMW X5 xDrive40e Hybrid”

  1. cohenfive says:

    Getting this out before the Model X perhaps?

  2. CDspeed says:

    Looks good I like the subtle touches that hint at it being a plug-in hybrid. Although, the electric range is too low, 30 or even 40 miles would have been better. I’m definitely going for a test drive the second I hear that my BMW dealer has one, it’ll be interesting to see how it feels on the road.

    • Vanja Kljaic says:

      I need to agree with you on this, it should be a bit better. But as seen from previous models, this might be a somewhat prelude to the fully electric models we might see in a few years then. Hope it is so since BMW does have the knowledge to make it happen then.

      • CDspeed says:

        It’s hard to say when it might lead to any fully electric models, BMW is showing no signs of developing any electric cars. They touted the Power eDrive test car as a Tesla contender even though it was just a high powered plug-in hybrid. Right now it looks like Audi will take the lead among the three big German luxury brands with the R8 e-Tron, and more importantly the soon to be revealed Q6 e-Tron electric SUV.

        • Vanja Kljaic says:

          I would never underestimate the market changes, but also the investment BMW is making in the EV things as well.

          • CDspeed says:

            I’m not really underestimating as much as I’m noticing a lack of momentum.

          • Vanja Kljaic says:

            We should wait and see how the SUV market in terms of hybrids and EV’s develops in the forthcoming time then. I’m sure BMW will be able to jump into this, as soon as the market requires it in a way that is sufficient for them to justify the expenditure and everything needed.

  3. cohenfive says:

    I’m curious what sort of real world mpg that thing will get. Hope it at least beats the diesel…

    • CDspeed says:

      I was thinking the same thing, if the fuel efficiency is only as good as the diesel or the base 6-cylinder there wouldn’t be much of a point to the xDrive40e. That sadly has been the case with all of BMW’s hybrids so far, little or no improvement in efficiency, and it costs more to buy.

    • Vanja Kljaic says:

      I’m thinking the same thing.

  4. Tommolog says:

    It’s interesting that it has 96 cells. The i3 uses the exact same amount of battery cells but it’s total pack capacity is 21.6kWh compared to the 9kWh here.

    Horatiu, why don’t you ask for clarification on the difference in the cells. BMW is obviously not using the same large-format Samsung SDI cells for the X5 PHEV as they are for the i3 & i8. Why is that?

  5. Daniel says:

    Am I the only one who is not a fan of BMW’s new model names? Just a few years ago we had cars with short and meaningful names like “540i” or “740iL”. Now we got “X5 xDrive40e”. Why is there “xDrive” in the name? Is there going to be another X5 40e, without xDrive? And people don’t even seem to know whether to spell it as two words (“xDrive 40e”) or a single word (“xDrive40e”).

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