BMW is launching the new plug-in hybrid xDrive45e version of the X5 in Europe, which makes use of the company’s fourth generation eDrive technology.
Under the familiar shape of the X5 lies a 282 HP, 3.0-liter inline-six paired to a 110 HP electric motor. The combined output is rated at 388 HP (394 PS) and 442 lb-ft (600 Nm) of torque, which is eclipses its four-pot predecessor.
Power is sent to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission while the charging port nests on the left front fender. Apart from that, though, and some badges, there’s nothing that distinguishes the X5 xDrive45e from its ICE-powered siblings.
BMW claims a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 5.6 seconds and a top speed of 146 mph (235 km/h). Use the dedicated EV mode and the German SUV will cover between 41 to 54 miles (67 to 87 km) per the WLTP cycle, with its top speed limited to 84 mph (135 km/h).
The electrified powertrain is backed by a 24 kWh lithium-ion battery pack and BMW’s latest power electronics for more intelligent energy management and improved efficiency. The luggage compartment is smaller compared to ICE-powered X5 models by 150 liters, but still offers a volume of 500 liters with all seats in the upright position.
The plug-in hybrid X5 comes with air suspension and electronically controlled dampers as standard, with BMW offering all-wheel steering as an option. It also has acoustic pedestrian protection, which means it plays a sound to alert nearby pedestrians of its presence when running silently on electric power alone.