BMW Brings I Series PHEV Tech To X5 XDrive40e

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon
bmw brings i series phev tech to x5 xdrive40e

Having experimented with its i Series, BMW is bringing over its PHEV technology to its core collection, beginning with the X5 xDrive40e.

Power for the PHEV crossover comes from a 2-liter four-cylinder using BMW’s TwinPower Turbo system paired with a synchronous electric motor integrated into the crossover’s eight-speed automatic. A combined 313 horses and 332 lb-ft of torque are sent to all corners, helping to push the X5 from nil to 62 in 6.8 seconds. Top speed is limited to 130 mph, 75 mph in electric-only mode. Range is 19 miles on its 9-kWh lithium-ion pack.

Said pack reduces cargo space to 17.65 cubic feet with the rear seats up, 60.7 cubic feet with the seats down. The pack can be charged at home with the same charging units used by i3 and i8 owners, as well as through brake regeneration and at public charging stations.

Other features include an M Sport package, adaptive suspension, and bespoke offerings from BMW Individual.

No word on pricing or availability thus far, but European customers will be able to get theirs in the fall.

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  • DeeDub DeeDub on Mar 17, 2015

    X5xDrive40e. No, really: X5xDrive40e.

  • Corey Lewis Corey Lewis on Mar 17, 2015

    Is it just me or is the X5 getting really old looking these days? I feel like it needs a complete re-do, as it's got to still be on that late 90s platform.