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India-bound BMW X5 gets a plug-in hybrid variant

September 07, 2018, 06:36 PM IST by Bilal Ahmed Firfiray
India-bound BMW X5 gets a plug-in hybrid variant

The xDrive45e iPerformance variant joins the new-gen X5's portfolio.

The second-gen plug-in hybrid gets a straight-six engine combined with electric motors to produce an output of 392bhp.

0-100kmph time of 5.6seconds and a top speed of 235kmph. Pure electric range of 80+kilometres.

BMW revealed the new-gen X5 a few months back. Even before the SUV could hit the markets, the Bavarian carmaker has revealed a plug-in hybrid variant with its new second generation hybrid powertrain. 

The G05 X5 xDrive45e iPerformance combines a conventional 280bhp 3.0-litre straight-six petrol engine with electric motors. The electric system of 80kW/110bhp when combined with a gasoline engine gives a combined output of 392bhp and 600Nm. The eight-speed Steptronic transmission sends power to xDrive all-wheel-drive system. The X5 xDrive45e iPerformance can sprint to 100kmph in mere 5.6seconds (one second quicker than older unit) and onto a top speed of 235 kmph. The top speed when driving on electric power alone is increased from 120 to 140 kmph. Its electrically powered range is now approximately 80 kilometres, almost three times that of its predecessor. Meanwhile, the fuel consumption is reduced to 41kmpl.

The battery is placed under the body, says BMW, thus lowering the centre of gravity. However, the downside is that the boot capacity is down by 150 litres compared to standard car. The plug-in hybrid SUV is also fitted with a two-axle air suspension and electronic dampers with optional active steering. Appearance wise, there is blue hued detailing on the 45e iPerformance to highlight it’s green appeal. 

The fourth-gen X5 will hit the market in November. Following that, BMW will promptly bring the new X5 to India probably early next year. It will continue to rival the likes of Mercedes-Benz GLE, Audi Q7, Volvo XC90 besides Range Rover Velar and Porsche Cayenne.

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