The new BMW X5 xDrive40e went on sale in the U.S. in October and since, BMW North America sold 285 units of their first plug-in hybrid SUV. In October, the X5 hybrid went to 118 customers, while November saw an increase to 167 units. With winter season upon us, the expectations are that more customers will get their hands on the hybrid SUV in December.
The new BMW X5 xDrive40e comes to market to compete in a fast growing segment and opens the doors for future BMW SUV hybrids.
With a total system output of 308 hp generated by a four-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and a synchronous electric motor, the BMW X5 xDrive40e achieves a combined fuel consumption of 3.4 – 3.3 liters per 100 kilometers (estimated 55 MPG) and a combined electricity consumption of 15.4 – 15.3 kWh over the same distance.
The Lithium-ion high-voltage battery has 96 cells and a capacity of 9.0 kWh. The electric motor produces 113 horsepower. The X5 plug-in hybrid powertrain has a combined output of 308 hp and 332 lb-ft torque, allowing 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.
The EPA rated the X5 xDrive40e @ 56 MPGe.
BMW is selling the X5 hybrid for $63,095.
Here are two reviews of ours of the 2015 BMW X5 xDrive40e:InsideEVs]