BMW Introduces 55 MPGe X5 xDrive40e Plug-In Hybrid

By Paul Riegler on 17 March 2015
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BMW announced the introduction of the BMW X5 xDrive40e. The plug-in hybrid is the company’s first in the SUV category and is capable of 55 MPGe, or miles per gallon equivalent, the measurement used by the EPA to compare the energy consumption of alternative fuel vehicles and plug-in electric vehicles with the fuel economy of conventional vehicles.

The X5 xDrive40e features a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor and powered by a lithium-ion battery that is integrated into its eight-speed automatic transmission.

It is capable of traveling approximately 13 miles (21 kilometers) on pure electric power. Together, the gasoline engine and electric motor develop 308 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque, allowing the X5 xDrive40e to move from zero to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 6.5 seconds.

The X5’s eDrive selector gives the driver three choices to control the powertrain. The vehicle defaults to Auto eDrive, which uses both the engine and electric motor. The electric motor alone is typically used to drive off and the engine cuts in at around 45 mph (72 km/h) or if the driver calls for heavy acceleration. The Max eDrive mode is an all-electric setting, supporting a drive of up to 13 miles (21 kilometers) at a speed limited to 75 mph (121 km/h).

A third mode, Save Battery, allows the driver to build up energy reserves in the battery for later use.

Produced in the Spartanburg, South Carolina plant, the 2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e will be available in the United States in the fall of 2015.

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