BMW X5 xDrive40e launched at RM389k

By CARSIFU | 23 June 2016

KUALA LUMPUR: BMW Group Malaysia launched the new BMW X5 xDrive40e which also marks the premium automaker’s newest locally assembled plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) in the country.

The German carmaker's new all-wheel drive PHEV  sport activity vehicle (SAV) is currently priced on-the-road without insurance at RM582,800, but with the government-approved Hybrid Incentive, the current price drops down to RM388,888.

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With four colour choices of Glacier Silver, Mineral White, Space Grey and Carbon Black, and upholstery choices of Leather Dakota Terra or Leather Dakota Black, the X5 also comes with a five-year unlimited mileage warranty, free scheduled service programme as well as BMW tyre warranty programme.

“Since creating the premium Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) segment, the BMW X5 has been setting milestones and benchmarks in its class the world over. Today, the new BMW X5 xDrive40e will once again drive the future of the premium automotive industry, introducing luxurious ambience, innovative functionality as well as cutting-edge future technology courtesy of BMW i to automotive enthusiasts in the country,” said BMW Group Malaysia managing director and CEO Han Sang Yun.

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The new X5 is fitted with a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine mated to an eight-speed Steptronic transmission, High Precision Injection, Valvetronic variable valve timing and variable camshaft control on both intake and exhaust sides.

Engine output is rated at 245hp and 350Nm of torque, while the electric motor is capable of delivering 83kW with a 250Nm of torque that's instantly available on tap - combined peak torque has been limited to 450Nm.

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Together, the new X5 xDrive40e completes the 0 to 100 kph sprint in just 6.8 seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 210kph. In all-electric mode, it is able to travel at a top speed of 120kph.

The vehicle set-up and powertrain control can be configured as desired with the Driving Experience Control switch and eDrive button. The latter, located on the centre console, allows the driver to rotate between the default AUTO eDrive setting, MAX eDrive setting, or the SAVE Battery setting.

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In the MAX eDrive all-electric mode, the vehicle is powered solely by the electric motor and offers a maximum range of 30km at a limited top speed of 120 kph.

Additionally, there's also a Driving Experience Control switch, which activates the vehicle set-up modes to provide three driving modes of Comfort, Sport and Eco Pro.

The high-voltage battery offers a gross energy capacity of 9.2kWh and can be topped up with energy from any domestic power socket - taking around three hours and fifty minutes to fully charge it from flat.

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Under the umbrella of BMW 360° ELECTRIC, customers are offered the ChargeNow service, comprising of a ChargeNow card that grants straightforward access to partner charging stations, ChargEV, offered through BMW Group Malaysia’s partnership with Malaysian Green Technology Corporation (GreenTech Malaysia).

The ChargEV stations are already operational in 19 strategic locations throughout Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Kedah, Melaka, and Johor.