BMW South Africa has quietly added the new X5 xDrive45e plug-in hybrid derivative to its local range and we have pricing.
The X5 xDrive45e slots in above the diesel-powered xDrive30d but below the M Performance twins (M50d and M50i). Pricing starts at R1 305 000 in xLine trim and R1 343 300 with the M Sport package specified.
As a reminder, the xDrive45e combines a turbocharged six-cylinder in-line petrol engine with an electric motor, which together generate total system outputs of 290 kW and 600 N.m. That’s enough, says the Munich-based firm, for the new variant to sprint from standstill to 100 km/h in 5,6 seconds, before topping out at 235 km/h.
BMW says the X5 xDrive45e – which features the firm’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system and an eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission as standard – is able to travel “up to 80 kilometres” on electric power alone (at speeds up to 140 km/h). Claimed fuel consumption is thus as low as 1,7 L/100 km.
Interestingly, the newcomer is equipped with something BMW describes as “acoustic protection” for pedestrians. When driving on electric power, an “unmistakable sound” created for electrified BMW models is generated using a system of speakers, warning those on foot of the approaching vehicle.
With the high-voltage battery positioned in the underbody area of the vehicle, the X5 xDrive45e’s luggage compartment volume is some 150 litres less than those of standard combustion-engined models. BMW says the boot can swallow 500 litres, or up to 1 716 litres with the seats folded down.
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