BMW to launch X5 plug-in hybrid SUV
Irvine BMW is excited to confirm, BMW is plugging in to efficiency in a new way with the announcement of the X5 xDrive40e. Despite the tedious name, this new mid-size crossover SUV is the first plug-in hybrid vehicle from BMW, outside of its innovative “i” sub-brand.
The crossover is based on the existing X5 lineup and is powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and an electric motor.
· X5 40e has a total of 313 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque, courtesy of the 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine and the electric motor.
· The latter is powered by a 9.0 kWh lithium-ion battery, which is located under the cargo floor in the trunk.
· That battery adds a hefty 440 pounds to the curb weight of the gas-only X5 35i, yet the hybrid is still relatively quick. BMW says the new model can do zero to 62 mph in 6.8 seconds, compared to 6.5 seconds for the X5 35i.
Though it’s the first mainstream BMW to use a plug-in system, the automaker said it used what it learned from its “i” sub-brand in developing the new X5. That sub-brand is home to the tidy all-electric i3 city car and the i8 plug-in hybrid sports car, both currently on the market.
When the X5 40e hits the U.S. market at the end of this year, it will join a growing contingent of plug-in luxury SUVs.Irvine BMW’s helpful and knowledgeable staff, expert factory-trained technicians, state-of-the-art service department, comprehensive parts department and one of the nation’s largest selections of new, used and certified pre-owned BMWs have made Irvine BMW a landmark in Southern California’s automotive landscape. For more information about Irvine BMW, visit the dealership at 9881 Research Drive in Irvine, Calif., or online at irvinebmw.com.Don’t forget to become a fan of Irvine BMW on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/irvinebmw), and become a follower of Irvine BMW on Twitter (http://twitter.com/irvinebmw).As a proud member of the Shelly Automotive Group and one of the largest BMW centers on the West Coast, Irvine BMW loyally serves Orange County including - Aliso Viejo, Capistrano Beach, Dana Point, East Irvine, Foothill Ranch, Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Hills, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Lake Elsinore, Ladera Ranch, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, Silverado, San Juan Capistrano and Trabuco Canyon.
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