The 2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e Plug-in Hybrid Variant has World Debut

X5 xDrive40e Plug-in Hybrid
2015 BMW X5 on display at the Chicago Auto Show before the debut of the X5 xDrive40e Plug-in Hybrid this year.

Earlier this month, the 2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e plug-in hybrid SUV got its world debut, with the luxury automaker revealing all the technical specs of the new vehicle. This plug-in hybrid variation of the BMW X5 is a fine example of the industry-wide trend towards introducing plug-in hybrid versions of as many cars as possible.

BMW’s take on the fuel-efficient SUV finds the X5 xDrive40e with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which combines with an electric motor to fuel the powerful vehicle.

The electric motor alone is capable of 111 horsepower; combined, the X5 xDrive40e’s powertrain gets 309. That e-motor can also take the X5 xDrive40e 19 miles on its own, driving at speeds up to 75 mph.

This hefty vehicle weighs more than 5,000 pounds – and yet, it can go from zero to 62 mph in just 6.8 seconds. Its weight certainly isn’t holding it back. Add these stats to the X5 xDrive40e’s all-wheel-drive, and you have a competitive, incredibly fuel-efficient, SUV.

The BMW X5 xDrive40e plug-in hybrid variant will be available for purchase in the next year. Until then, stay in touch with more X5 news and updated with Union Park BMW’s blog and website. Also, be on the lookout for the 2016 BMW X5 plug-in hybrid’s debut in Shanghai this April.

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