Hybrid BMW X5 at Shanghai show
BMW has proven its new new plug-in gas-electric X5 xDrive40e.
Driven in prototype guise by Autocar at BMW’s Miramas test track in France this past year, the hybrid-powered X5 runs a longitudinally mounted turbocharged 2.-litre gas engine. The 4-cylinder unit has outputs of 242bhp and 258lb foot of torque and works in conjunction with an motor unit that’s sited within the forward portion of its standard eight-speed automatic gear box and fosters 111bhp and 184lb foot.
Altogether, the X5 xDrive40e offers a combined system creation of 309bhp and 332lb foot. This provides it 55bhp more but 81lb foot under the most popular turbocharged 3.-litre six-cylinder diesel X5 xDrive30d.
The X5 xDrive40e’s motor unit draws energy from the 9kWh lithium ion battery composed of 96 individual cells. The mounting from the battery in the rear reduces boot space by 150 litres over existing gas and diesel-powered third-generation X5 models, with BMW claiming a nominal 500 litres using the split/folding rear seats in position. The recharging time is defined at 2hr 48min with an optional 3.5kW wallbox that operates at 16 amperes and 230V.
The brand new BMW offers three driving modes: Auto eDrive (where the motor unit supplements the gas engine for optimum performance), Max eDrive (solely electrical power), and Save Battery (which maintains the condition of control of battery, possibly for later in metropolitan areas like London, where electric vehicles are excluded from road charges).
BMW quotes a -62mph duration of 6.8sec along with a maximum speed that’s restricted to 131mph. In comparison, the X5 xDrive30d offers figures of 6.8sec and 143mph correspondingly. The electrical range is defined at 19 miles, at speeds restricted to 75mph.
On standard 8.5Jx18in wheels shod with 255/55 R18 tyres, the 2230kg X5 xDrive40e returns claimed gas mileage of 85.6mpg around the combined cycle, passing on the official CO2 rating of 77g/km. Power consumption on a single test is defined at 15.3kWh per 100km (62 miles).
BMW states the X5’s chassis continues to be retuned for that hybrid version. One of the standard devices are adaptive damping and self-levelling rear air suspension. The motive force can transform the chassis using a so-known as Driving Experience Control function, that provides Comfort, Sport and Eco Pro modes.
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