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BMW X5 ‘xDrive40e’ plug-in hybrid to arrive this year

January 9, 2014

A production version of the BMW X5 eDrive concept is believed to be gearing up for a market launch later this year. The new model is set to be named the X5 ‘xDrive40e’.

BMW X5 eDrive concept

At the moment BMW offers two hybrid models; the ActiveHybrid 3 and the ActiveHybrid 5. And that will soon change with the arrival of the i3 and i8 electric-based models. According to reports BMW is getting ready to introduce yet another; a production version of the X5 eDrive concept (pictured). It will become the company’s first hybrid SUV.

In the concept power comes from a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine working in tandem with a 70kW electric motor assist setup, providing an overall output of 200kW. Thanks to the instant torque of the electric motor acceleration from 0-100km/h comes up in under 7.0 seconds.

As for fuel economy, in hybrid mode it offers an average consumption of just 3.8L/100km. If that’s not good enough, a full electric mode can be used for a range of 30km. Even in electric mode the X5 is capable of reaching 120km/h.

A public debut for the new model is tipped to take place at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show in March, before going on sale in various markets later this year.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.