World Debut: BMW X5 xDrive40e Plug-In Hybrid

MAR 15 2015 BY STAFF 27

BMW’s first plug-in hybrid X5 makes its world debut yesterday. The new BMW X5 xDrive40e comes to market to compete in a fast growing segment and opens the doors for future BMW SUV hybrids.

313 horsepower and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) of torque

Permanent all-wheel drive and the BMW EfficientDynamics eDrive technology endow the BMW X5 xDrive40e with sensational sportiness and supreme poise on the one hand and outstanding efficiency on the other. The vehicle comes with a total system output of 230 kW/313 hp generated by a four-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and a synchronous electric motor.

The Lithium-ion high-voltage battery has 96 cells and a capacity of 9.0 kWh. The electric motor produces 113 horsepower.

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BMW X5 xDrive40e

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This allows the luxury X5 hybrid model to deliver a remarkable performance. The car accelerates from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in 6.8 seconds. This is accomplished thanks to a max torque of 184lb-ft available from 0 rpm from the electric motor. Top speed is electronically limited to 130mph (210mph) or 75mph (130km/h) when running on electric power.

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BMW X5 xDrive40e

Alongside the performance, there’s outstanding efficiency as well. The BMW X5 xDrive40e achieves a combined fuel consumption of 3.4 – 3.3 liters per 100 kilometers (83.1 – 85.6 mpg imp) and a combined electricity consumption of 15.4 – 15.3 kWh over the same distance. CO2 emissions come in at 78 – 77 grams per kilometer (figures according to EU test cycle for plug-in hybrid vehicles, may vary depending on the Tyre format specified). Interestingly enough, the fuel consumption levels stack this model alongside some highly efficient hatchbacks, like the VW Polo for example, all in a big, spacious and luxurious vehicle.

Lithium-ion battery with flexible charging options, typical SAV versatility and an exclusive ambiance

The energy for the electric motor integrated in the 8-speed Steptronic transmission is drawn from a lithium-ion battery, which also supplies power to the low-voltage battery for the 12V electrical system aboard the BMW X5 xDrive40e via a voltage transformer. It can be recharged by connecting to any standard domestic power socket or a BMW i Wallbox, as well as at public charging stations.

To save space the high-voltage battery is housed underneath the luggage compartment floor, where it is also particularly well protected in the event of a crash. With 500 – 1,720 liters of luggage space, a three-part folding rear backrest and a luxuriously designed interior, the BMW X5 xDrive40e also boasts the high versatility associated with a large sports activity vehicle but blended with an exclusive ambiance.


BMW X5 xDrive40e

The actual driving experience is likewise characterized by versatile and effortless performance. The intelligent hybrid powertrain control ensures that the engine and the electric motor act in unison in a way that optimises efficiency while also catering perfectly to the driver’s wishes.


BMW X5 xDrive40e

The eDrive button on the center console allows the driver to adjust the hybrid drive’s operating mode. In the AUTO eDrive basic setting, the engine’s power is boosted to noticeable effect when accelerating or during quick bursts of speed by the electric drive, whose full torque of 250 Newton meters (184 lb-ft) is on tap from standstill for instantaneous power delivery. The BMW X5 xDrive40e completes the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.8 seconds.

Alternatively, the MAX eDrive mode can be engaged, enabling the BMW X5 xDrive40e to run purely on electric power – when driving in urban traffic for instance – resulting in zero local emissions. When the high-voltage battery is fully charged, the vehicle has a range of up to 31 kilometers (approx. 19 miles) in the all-electric drive mode with a limited maximum speed of 120 km/h (75 mph). The SAVE Battery mode can also be activated at the touch of a button, causing the high-voltage battery’s state of charge to be maintained or allowing energy to be accumulated again, e.g. by means of recuperation, if capacity is low. In this way, electrical energy can be deliberately conserved for all-electric driving later in the journey.


BMW X5 xDrive40e

Regardless of the setting chosen with the eDrive button, the power stemming from both drive sources is permanently transmitted to the road via the intelligent all-wheel-drive system, BMW xDrive. The various vehicle set-ups that can be selected with the Driving Experience Control switch – COMFORT, SPORT and ECO PRO – are also available in all drive modes.

Hybrid-specific products and services from BMW ConnectedDrive and BMW 360° ELECTRIC

All of the driver assistance systems and mobility services from BMW ConnectedDrive offered as standard or as optional extras for the BMW X5 are also available to provide enhanced driving pleasure in the model variant with eDrive technology. An intelligent energy management function is also offered as a special model-specific feature that can be used in conjunction with the Navigation system Professional which is fitted as standard in the BMW X5 xDrive40e. Whenever route guidance is active, data on the route profile is factored into powertrain control along with real-time traffic information. When driving medium to long distances, the system can therefore ensure it is possible to drive purely on electric power on urban sections by using Brake Energy Regeneration and managing the high-voltage battery’s energy reserves in a targeted and efficient manner.


BMW X5 xDrive40e

The hybrid-specific version of the BMW Remote app makes it possible to check the high-voltage battery’s state of charge, locate public charging stations or call up efficiency evaluations for the BMW X5 xDrive40e on a smartphone. The auxiliary heating and ventilation functions can also be activated remotely.

The BMW i Wallbox Pure and BMW i Wallbox Pro, including installation service, are available for home charging as part of the BMW 360° ELECTRIC concept, offering customers a particularly fast and convenient means of recharging the high-voltage battery while parked. Model-specific assistance services are also available. The ChargeNow service provides cash-free access to an extensive partner network of charging stations and billing of the charging costs with the ChargeNow card. The mobility service ParkNow Longterm, meanwhile, makes it easier to find a parking space or locate and book a parking spot with charging facilities.


BMW X5 xDrive40e

Standard Equipment and Options

The comprehensive standard specification of the BMW X5 on the plug-in hybrid model is extended to include the Navigation system Professional as well as an auxiliary heating and ventilation system. This is powered by electricity from the high-voltage battery or from the mains supply while charging. As you know, all BMW X5 models come with standard dual zone automatic air conditioning system. The BMW X5 xDrive40e additionally comes equipped as standard with the Adaptive Suspension Package Comfort including rear air suspension and Dynamic Damper Control.

Beyond this, practically all the optional extras offered for the BMW X5 can also be specified for the plug-in hybrid model. The Design Pure Experience and Pure Excellence packages for the exterior and interior are also available for the BMW X5 xDrive40e, as are the M Sport package and the bespoke features from BMW Individual.


BMW X5 xDrive40e

Production And Market Launch

BMW will launch the BMW X5 plug-in hybrid in Fall 2015. The cars will be built at BMW’s production plant in the Spartanburg, South Carolina where BMW builds the “regular X5, X6, X3 and X4 models as well. The BMW X5 xDrive40e is assembled on the same production line with other X5 models.

For the battery production, a newly constructed production hall on the site of BMW Spartanburg plant is handling the current needs.

The world premiere of the BMW X5 xDrive40e will take place in a few weeks at the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show.

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27 Comments on "World Debut: BMW X5 xDrive40e Plug-In Hybrid"

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Well Mitsubushi you had your chance to be first to the US market with a plug-in SUV. Now BMW, Mercedes, Audi and other manufacturers are coming out with their versions. Still not knowing exactly when the bestselling (elsewhere) Outlander is coming to the U.S., the only way to grab some market share later will likely be through pricing well below these premium SUVs. Sounds like a missed opportunity to me…

This has been hashed umpteen times on this site… Mitsubushi significantly underestimated the demand for the Outlander PHEV, to the extend they are selling every one they can produce in existing markets; that made sense especially since the US market has smaller profit margins.
They are ramping up production capacity to enter the US, and have announced a date as well (early 2016).

You are probably correct with the smaller profit margin in general but if you are having a unique product, hardly any competition (yet) and people basically begging you to sell it to them you should be able to make a nice profit.
Don’t get me wrong: I do no want to talk bad about Mitubishi – I would love to see them being successful again on the U.S. market. But their global demand prediction was really off !
On the other hand, this is still happening to other manufacturers too: see Kia and their Soul EV…

And yet they are still dumping battery packs into the useless i-MiEV.

The i-MiEV should have been canned (or EXTREMELY curtailed) the moment Outlander PHEV was battery-constrained.

Let’s face it…the demand for an SUV is huge and it’s not going to diminish anytime soon. Therefore, I’m happy to see BMW produce a plug-in version. Admittedly, it’s FAR more economical than my Lexus RX 450h …but then that was 2010. I was REALLY hoping for a larger battery in this model. They have put a lot of thought, time, and general effort (which I applaud) into making it electric only capable but then crippled it with a 9kwh battery?? It seems it would make more sense to increase the pack size to ensure at least 40 miles of EV range …not 19. This would make re-charging at home valuable for more people and mostly eliminate the need for ICE on local trips. I’m a little disappointed this vehicle couldn’t quite bridge the gap better between EV and ICE SUV’s given the infrastructure they’ve already put into this model.

Exactly. At least 32 miles would have had it in the zone of consideration for me.

Look at the quality and luxury of the center console switch gear & the leather stitching. I really think this is where Tesla lags behind the Germans. Some of the video reviews point out the same. Darn..very tempting. If only they had a little more range. Although my average work day commute is 19 miles.This would be sufficient. And then a 425 mile trip to the bay area would be effortless.

What are the chances gm will announce a erev equinox or equivalent at NY auto show?
What happened to the list of upcoming vehicles at the bottom of the sales scorecard?

It may be a BMW, but it’s all EV mode performance will be lagging way behind the Volt. Still good to see electrification creep into the traditional products.

Its electric performance is worse than a Volt…but the Volt isn’t in the same class when it comes to roominess, luxury, gas acceleration, etc. Remember even though BMW makes some class leading BEVs, their engines including this 2 liter are international award winning units. Little details such as those trick LED headlights are in a different class than the Volt. 40 mile range…and one of these would be in my garage.

Roominess, luxury, gas acceleration, etc, are just a little window dressing once you are accustomed to electric drive and electric acceleration.

The Volt delivers the most important luxury: electric acceleration and range. It is much better than the 19- mile electric range, limited electric acceleration cars like this one.


What does Pam Fletcher say? Gateway drug-effect?

They’ll try it. They’ll like it.

That first pic with the EVSE cord dangling from BMW’s streetlight charger is the perfect illustration of why this trip hazard will never be installed on the streets of urban US cities.

That is quite easy to remedy with a bright orange coil style cord, or a separate mount post, like a parking meter. Not many people will be walking between your parking meter and car.

“Not many people will be walking between your parking meter and car.”

Have you never been to NYC or any densley populated urban city? Us city folk CONSTANTLY walk between cars parked on the street. There are no painted lines delineating parking spaces, and therefore, the distance parked from the charging light pole varies, leaving dangling charging cords (tripping hazards). How do you expect front seat passengers to go to/from their seat and the sidewalk without walking between two parked cars when parked on the left side of the street? How do you get out of a taxi and get to the sidewalk without walking between two parked cars? Most city dwellers believe it is their birth right to jaywalk when crossing the street. How do they jaywalk without walking between two parked cars? How do sanitation workers drag/carry garbage cans from the sidewalk to the back of the garbage truck without walking between parked cars.

Batteries take up space and weigh a Lot.
The SU/SA vehicle is the definitive model for which this is not an issue. IF you Must continue to offer CO2-mobiles, why-oh-why Not offer a 60mi/100km option for customers. Oops, it takes up some cargo room, and is more expensive, but a hella-lot of X5 customers are not overly concerned with either negative. Team the option with a wireless-charging plate for the floor of their garage and I’ll bet the price will be no object with a percentage of those unconcerned prospective customers.

in other words, when you have people standing in line to plunk down $150k for your quintessential stupid-mobile, (regarding utility and comfort), you don’t lack for prospective customers that will want the Big & Wireless option.

How naive… you make it seem like these PHEV offerings are for the customers.
They are mainly because of regulations. One day when enough BMW drivers have bought these PHEV’s and they demand higher range we will see longer range PHEV’s.

Assuming there are some longer range options available or on their way from the competition so that it’s more than an empty threat to buy a Mercedes, Volvo or Audi instead of another BMW.

always appreciate being called naive, off to find my thicker-skin coat.

“thicker-skin coat” – Check the Winter Closet – it should still be there after this cold weather we had! 🙂

Will probably need 15 liters, not 3. It only exists to cheat the crappy european test cycle.

Are you referring to a 3 liter engine? This X5 only has a 2.0 liter engine pumping out 245 horsepower.

This looks like a very serious product, and should be a serious impact in the U.S. market.

…until they announce an MSRP starting at $70k.

(the current ICE all-wheel-drive X5 starts at $57,700)

9kwh, jeez can they spare it? Some electric motorcycles have more. I’m glad their overpriced wallbox can charge it up quickly.

But to be optimistic about it, its nice that finally a decently sized car has been electrified, even if its only for the ‘upper-crust’ of car buyers.

Looks like a Horse Race is developing: How many SUV plug ins will be on the market by the time the model “X” is released? I guess you could consider the SOUL EV as a half-way there. Too bad Kia won’t sell it where I live.

Not as efficient as the Mitsubishi?, but then performance may be at a higher level.

This should sell like crazy to the BMW crowd who like a bit of high tech.

Anyone know – how is the quality at this plant compared to SA & Germany?
Reminds me of Jeep – in that case the ones build RHD in Europe were much better the ones coming out of the US mother plant.
Go figure.

BMW runs a landfill gas cogen plant, on site, in Spartanburg. Often called Combined Heat and Power, CHP, it looks state of the art. They gain on both the use of landfill methane (much better, when burned) and by harvesting the heat output, that is typically wasted by most utilities (heat-rate).

Dunno anything about the labor.

I rather take a Tesla Model X instead. Nice try BMW but you are far behind in technology.