German automotive manufacturer BMW has entered the plug-in hybrid car market with its X5 xDrive40e sports activity vehicle. The part-fuel part-electric all-drive X5 has been made available in South Africa as of 24 May 2016. With a complete system output of 230 kW generated by a four-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and a synchronous electric motor, the BMW X5 xDrive40e achieves a amalgamated fuel consumption of 3.4 – 3.3 litres per 100 kilometres and a combined electricity consumption of 15.4 – 15.3 kWh over the same distance.
According to the manufacturer the use of BMW eDrive technology gives the X5 exceptionally efficient performance as well as all-electric mobility with zero tailpipe emissions. eDrive ushers in a whole new form of driving experience in a sports activity vehicle as opposed to the standard fuel-driven variants. At the same time, the BMW X5 xDrive40e reaps the benefits of the technology and know-how transferred from BMW’s i cars. “The BMW i8 blazes a trail for sustainable driving pleasure with plug-in hybrid drive power, which can now also be enjoyed for the first time in a model from the BMW core brand.” BMW SA stated in their press release.
The X5 xDrive40e boasts 500 to 1,720 litres of luggage space and ample amount of leg room – as one would expect from a sports activity vehicle. The xDrive40e features a three-part folding rear backrest which comes handy in when travelling long distances. The cabin features luxuriously designed interior which puts this rendition on par with the rest of BMW’s world class fleet.
- 2.0 l Engine
- 230 Kw Max Power
- 230e Kw Total Max Power
- Engine 5000-6500 r/min
- 450 Nm Torque
- Automatic Transmission