The new BMW X5 xDrive40e plug-in hybrid SUV has been unveiled ahead of its launch later this year.
Powered by a four-cylinder 242bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine paired with a 111bhp electric motor – the xDrive40e will offer a combined output of 309bhp with 350Nm of torque.
Every model in the range comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission, and can run for up to 19 miles on electric power alone.
BMW’s hybrid X5 will get you from 0-62mph in just 6.8 seconds before hitting a top speed of 130mph. Despite these impressive performance figures the X5 will still return a frugal 85.6mpg with C02 emissions of just 78g/km.
Permanent four-wheel drive is offered as standard – even in electric-only mode – as well as dynamic damper control and self-levelling rear air suspension.
Drivers will be able to choose from a selection of three driving modes – Comfort, Sport and EcoPro – as well as different settings for the hybrid gearbox to maximise efficiency.
Ingenious technology allows the car to work in conjunction with the satellite navigation to suggest the most economical route given journey profile, traffic situation and drive mode.
The standard eDrive button allows the driver to modify the powertrain – choosing between Auto eDrive, Max eDrive and Save.
Auto mode utilises both the engine and the battery to provide maximum response as and when the driver requires it – while Max eDrive is an all-electric driving mode and can operate up to speeds of 75mph.
Charging the X5 xDrive40e is easy – simply plug it in to a standard home power socket, public charging point or specifically installed BMW i Wallbox.
Looks-wise, the new hybrid X5 is very similar to any other X5. Ignoring the charge port just behind the nearside front wheel arch, there’s not much to tell this model apart from its conventionally-powered petrol or diesel brothers.
Looking inside, the dashboard has been taken from a standard X5 – with added hybrid-specific dials. Just like the standard X5 you get a selection of premium leather and high quality metals.
Prices and exact specifications are yet to be announced but it’s expected the X5 xDrive40e will come in at around £55,000.