BMW X5 Plug-in Hybrid Offers A Range Of 65-75 km On Sole Electric!

The boot space of this model is hampered and is reduced by 150 litres and the fuel tank now holds up to 69 litres.

It was this year that the new generation BMW X5 was launched in India and came with two petrol and one diesel engines.  Now with the addition of plug-in hybrid to the 7 series, 3 series, 5 series, the German manufacturers have also brought the BMW X5 plug-in hybrid engine.

This new plug-in hybrid engine gets the same 3.0-litre, six-cylinder turbo petrol engine which is used in the 745Le. It comes with a battery pack of 24kWh. The BMW X5 plug-in hybrid all-electric motor churns a total of 388 bhp and a peak torque of 600 Nm.

BMW X5 Plug-in Hybrid image

The company also claims that the driving range of the SUV is 65-75 km as claimed by WLTP if driven pure on an electric motor.  And according to NEDC test, the same figures were up by 20 km thus ranging to 87km-97 km.

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Performance-wise, the new BMW X5 does 0-100km/h sprint in just 5.6 seconds and achieves a top speed of 235 km/h. It is the fuel-efficient SUV too as it returns a mileage of 50-80 km/l.

Suspension wise, the SUV gets standard two-axle air suspension and electronic dampers. The plug-in hybrid model also gets integral active steering but that remains as an optional package.

One of the interesting features of this plug-in hybrid model is that the standard trim welcomes the acoustic pedestrian protection. In this, the speaker system emits a different sound imitating the engine when running at low speeds.

Now, talking about the design of the SUV then it sits on the CLAR platform which not only provides rigidity to the SUV but also is lighter. The exteriors see a large and loud grille, laser LED headlights and LED taillights.

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Nothing is changed on the interiors and it gets the same twin 12.3-inch screens, cruise control, wireless charging, heads-up display, remote parking, gesture control and electrically controlled tailgate are some of the features the SUV gets.

The current-gen BMW X5 competes with the likes of Mercedes Benz GLS, Audi Q7 and Volvo XC90. The prices for the same starts at Rs 72.90 lakh for the base trim and the top model fetches you around Rs 82.40 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The plug-in hybrid is expected to reach Indian shores by late 2020.