New 'electrifying' BMW X5 for 2019

By CARSIFU | 7 September 2018

MUNICH: The drive portfolio of the new BMW X5 is to be extended in the course of 2019 with the addition of a plug-in hybrid system.

The  new X5 xDrive45e iPerformance combines a model-specific in-line 6-cylinder petrol engine featuring BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology with the latest BMW eDrive technology.

Progress in the plug-hybrid drive has produced a system output now increased to 394hp, a tangible enhancement in terms of electrically powered range and a significant reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 levels as compared to its predecessor.


The second generation of the plug-in hybrid model combines the purely electrically powered driving pleasure of a BMW iPerformance automobile with the versatility that is typical of a Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV).

In doing so, the X5 xDrive45e iPerformance offers optimised qualities in terms of both driving dynamics and efficiency. It does the sprint from zero to 100 kph in 5.6 seconds.

The top speed when driving on electric power alone is increased from 120 to 140kph. Its electrically powered range is now 80km, almost three times that of its predecessor. The combined fuel consumption of the  X5 xDrive45e iPerformance drops to 2.1 litres per 100km, while the CO2 emissions figure is now 49 grams per kilometre.

These improved levels are the result of a newly developed drive technology. It comprises a 3.0-litre and 286hp in-line 6-cylinder engine from the current BMW EfficientDynamics drive family and the latest eDrive technology.

An electrical system output of 112hp, a lithium-ion battery with extended storage capacity and further developed power electronics for intelligent energy management give the plug-in hybrid system of the X5 xDrive45e iPerformance unique performance characteristics as well as an impressive level of efficiency.


Together, the two drive units generate a system output of 394hp along with a maximum system torque of 600Nm. The combustion engine and electric motor deliver their power to an 8-speed Steptronic transmission of the latest generation and the intelligent all-wheel drive system xDrive.

In this way, the drive torque is transferred to all four wheels when driving on electric power alone as well as when using the combustion engine or indeed both drive units: this ensures sporty driving pleasure on the road and supreme off-road performance over loose terrain at all times. The top speed of the X5 xDrive45e iPerformance is 235kph.

Thanks to the high-voltage battery positioned in the underbody, the centre of gravity is lower than in conventionally powered SAV model variants. The luggage compartment volume of the X5 xDrive45e iPerformance is some 150 litres less.

When all seats are used, the storage volume is 500 litres; if the rear backrests are folded down, a volume of 1, 716 litres is available. The volume of the fuel tank is 69 litres – suitable for long distances.