BMW X5 xDrive45e
Only three months after the presentation of the new generation of the X5, BMW has removed the veils to the plug-in hybrid evolution of the SUV. The new BMW X5 xDrive45e iPerformance brings to its range debut a new electrified powertrain consisting of an inline six-cylinder petrol engine combined with an additional electric motor that allows the hybrid sport utility to reach almost the same level of performance as the current model flagship of the range, the X5 M50d 400 hp, compared to which promises, however, consumption, and emissions, significantly lower.
The launch of the new hybrid “on tap” is scheduled for next year: inside the bonnet will be a 3.0 TwinPower Turbo 286 hp petrol combined with a 112 hp power unit powered by a lithium-ion battery located in the underbody of the car. The two engines transmit their power to the wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission with four-wheel drive: in this way the X5 hybrid can exploit the four-wheel drive even in purely electric mode. The powertrain generates a total power of 394 hp and 600 Nm, enough to bring the Suv electrified from 0 to 100 km / h in 5.6 seconds and to push it up to a top speed of 235 km / h. In zero emission mode the X5 xDrive45e iPerformance can travel up to 80 km, reaching a top speed of 140 km / h, 20 more than the previous generation plug-in model. In the data detected by the House, the SUV is able to consume 2.1 l / 100 km emitting 49 g / km of CO2 measured according to the WLTP cycle, adapted to NEDC for comparison purposes.
The new location of the battery pack has allowed to further reduce the center of gravity of the SUV, improving, according to the House, the dynamic behavior. The repositioning of the accumulators has made it possible to reduce the impact of the batteries on the load volume of the boot: the hybrid has 150 liters of space less than the traditional propulsion versions, for a total of 500 liters, expandable to 1,716 by breaking down the backs of the rear seats. The xDrive45e is equipped with electronically controlled air suspension as standard and, on request, it can also count on Integral Active Steering with a rear steering axle. The other technological features follow those already available in the range and range from the digital instrument panel to the connected infotainment, up to the driver assistance systems.