According tomedia reports, BMW recently released the latest plug-in hybrid – the 2021 model year X5 x Drive45e, which will be more fully electric than the previous SUV. Underneath the car’s bonnet is a brand new 3.0L inline 6 turbocharged engine, bigger and has more cylinders than the older X5 xDrive40e.
Combined with a new electric motor, the car can increase the total output power to 389 horsepower. At the same time, the torque is equally impressive: its total weight has increased from 111lb-ft to 443lb-ft.
To be expected, this has an impact on the overall speed: the 100km acceleration time is only 5.3 seconds, 1.2 seconds less than the old model. More realistically, the extra torque means that the towing capacity is also improved. Equipped with factory-installed trailer suspension options, the 2021 X5 xDrive45e is rated at 7,200 pounds.
The battery is now twice the size of the original, up to 24 kWh. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) test ingress, BMW expects to reach a top speed of 30 miles per hour, while in all-electric mode, it can travel from 75 miles per hour to 84 miles per hour. Although the cargo space is smaller than the non-hybrid version of the 2021 X5, the gap is not too large, at 0.8 cubic feet, or 1.1 cubic feet if the rear seat is folded up.
As you’d expect, this car offers a variety of drive modes to manage the PHEV system. The default is hybrid, which lets the SUV find its own combination of gasoline and electric power. A car with a top speed of 68 miles per hour is a pure electric car.
At the same time, the X5 xDrive45e will stick to electric driving as much as possible in electric mode. Finally, sport mode keeps the combustion engine running and turns the regeneration setting up to make it more aggressive.
It is understood that the eight-speed Sport Steptronic transmission is standard for this car. BMW has connected the transmission to the navigation system, and if equipped with active Cruise Control, the transmission will also be connected to the system’s radar sensors.
Dynamic Damper Control is also standard, and is used under different ride settings as the electronic control damper. The car can be adjusted at five height levels, like when driving off-road, the body will be 1.6 inches (about 4.1 cm). At the other extreme, it can also reduce the SUV’s body by 1.6 inches to allow passengers to get on and off and load.
The interior of the car comes with a 12.3-inch digital dashboard and a 12.3-inch touchscreen, which are standard, plus a navigation system. Two USB-C ports, Bluetooth connectivity, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also standard features for the car. Features such as Active Driving Assistant, Active Cruise Control and Lane Keeping Assistant are standard features. Parking Assistant Package prevents accidents by recording video using an external camera and saving it to a USB stick.
19-inch wheels, privacy glass, adaptive full LED headlights, panoramic sunroofs are standard features for new cars, while zone 4 climate control, wireless phone charging, M Sports kit and head-up display, panoramic “sky lounge” LED roof are all available.
BMW said the new car, which will go on sale in the U.S. in July, starts at $65,400 and costs $995.