BMW:Electrifying power for supreme driving pleasure: market launch of the new BMW X5 xDrive45e.
Munich. Efficiency meets supremacy: With the market
launch of the new BMW X5 xDrive45e, the drive portfolio of the Sporty
Activity Vehicle (SAV) is now being expanded to include a plug-hybrid
system. The second generation of the BMW X5 with electrified drive
combines a model-specific in-line 6-cylinder petrol engine featuring
BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology with the very latest BMW eDrive
technology. Consistent progress in the area of plug-hybrid drive has
produced a system output now increased to 290 kW/394 hp, a tangible
enhancement in terms of electrically powered range and a significant
reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 levels as compared to
the predecessor model.
More impressively than ever, the second generation of the plug-in
hybrid model combines the purely electrically powered driving pleasure
of a BMW plug-in hybrid model with the versatility that is typical of
a Sports Activity Vehicle. In doing so, the new
BMW X5 xDrive45e offers optimised qualities in terms of both driving
dynamics and efficiency. With an electrically powered range of 67 to
87 kilometres in the new WLTP test cycle or some 86 to 97 kilometres*
according to the NEDC test cycle, the figure achieved by the
predecessor model has been more than tripled. At the same time, the
combined fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of the new
BMW X5 xDrive45e have been virtually halved. The fuel consumption
figures are now 1.9 to 1.2 litres per 100 kilometres in the WLTP test
cycle or 2.0 to 1.7 litres per 100 kilometres* in the NEDC test cycle,
with the relevant CO2 emissions being reduced to 44 to
27 grams per kilometre (WLTP) or 47 to 39 grams per kilometre* (NEDC).
The combined power consumption of the new BMW X5 xDrive45e is between
28.3 and 23.1 kWh per kilometre (WLTP) or between 23.5 and 21.5 kWh
per 100 kilometres* (NEDC). The top speed when driving on electric
power alone is increased from 120 to 135 km/h.
These improved levels are the result of a completely newly developed
drive technology. It comprises a 3.0-litre and 210 kW/286 hp in-line
6-cylinder engine from the current BMW EfficientDynamics drive family
and the fourth generation of BMW eDrive technology. An electric motor
with an output of 83 kW/113 hp, a lithium-ion battery with a gross
energy content increased to 24.0 kWh and further developed power
electronics for intelligent energy management give the plug-in hybrid
system of the BMW X5 xDrive45e unique performance characteristics as
well as an impressive level of efficiency. Together, the two drive
units generate a system output of 290 kW/394 hp along with a maximum
system torque of 600 Nm. 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
BMW 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 new BMW X5 xDrive 45e takes 5.6
seconds for the sprint from zero to 100 km/h, which is 1.2 seconds
less than the predecessor model. Its top speed is 235 km/h.
Thanks to the high-voltage battery positioned in the underbody area
of the vehicle, the centre of gravity is lower than in conventionally
powered SAV model variants. The luggage compartment volume of the
BMW X5 xDrive45e is only 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 1 720 litres is available. The volume of the
fuel tank is 69 litres – suitable for long distances.
The new BMW X5 xDrive45e is fitted as standard with a two-axle air
suspension and electronically controlled dampers. The optional
suspension systems available for the plug-in hybrid model include
integral active steering. In addition to a comprehensive selection of
features in the area of intelligent connectivity, new digital services
are also offered that are geared specifically towards electromobility.
In addition, all driver assistance systems developed for the Sports
Activity Vehicle as well as high-quality options to enhance comfort
and luxurious interior ambience are also available for the new
BMW X5 xDrive45e. Its standard trim also includes acoustic pedestrian
protection. When running at low speeds on electric power, a speaker
system emits a distinctive sound generated especially for electrified
BMW models which establishes an acoustic presence without impairing
occupants’ acoustic comfort.
BMW plug-in hybrid models offer an array of benefits in
BMW’s plug-in hybrid drive systems already offer users a host of
additional benefits over traditional solutions:
- Money-saving: Electric driving in urban areas is cheaper than
using petrol or diesel if the plug-in hybrid vehicle is charged at
home or at the workplace at low cost.
- Interior always at the right temperature, even before you get in:
auxiliary heating and auxiliary air conditioning are fitted as standard.
- Braking is winning: The battery is charged under braking. In
conventional vehicles, braking generates only heat and brake dust.
- The best of both worlds: Plug-in hybrids provide electric driving
pleasure in urban areas and classical BMW driving pleasure over
- Smoothing the way into the future: Because a plug-in hybrid can
run emission-free, it is eligible to enter many low-emission zones,
enjoys extra parking privileges and saves on toll charges.
- Better quality of life in cities: By driving on electric power,
users can actively contribute to reducing emissions and traffic
noise in cities.
New BMW X5 xDrive45e has a smaller overall CO2 footprint.
The “real” environmental impact of plug-in hybrid vehicles has been
questioned on occasion, especially in markets where the proportion of
green energy used by the public energy grid remains small. The BMW
Group conducted a full-cycle CO2 certification for the new
BMW X5 xDrive45e – from raw material procurement, the supply chain,
production and the use phase, all the way to recycling.
This revealed the CO2 footprint of the new BMW X5
xDrive45e to be 40 per cent smaller than that of the new BMW X5
xDrive40i when running on average European power in the use phase.
When charging the car with green energy, its CO2 footprint
is reduced by as much as 70 per cent.
BMW X5 xDrive45e fuel consumption combined: 2.0 – 1.7
l/100 km; combined power consumption: 23.5 – 21.5 kWh/100 km; combined
CO2 emissions: 47 – 39 g/km