With BMW unveiling the latest generation of the X5 midsized luxury SUV more than three months ago, it was just a matter of time until the high-performance plug-in hybrid variant would make its appearance in the range list, thus joining the xDrive40i, xDrive50i and the xDrive30d.
The model in question is the long-expected 2019 X5 xDrive45i iPerformance, which is regarded as one of the most imposing hybrids from BMW`s entire range.
Besides the massive size and extremely appealing design language, the SUV`s main highlight is the hybrid drivetrain under the hood. It`s what makes the variant more powerful and more efficient than the ongoing model released back in 2016.
We are dealing here with a 3.0-liter Twin-Power Turbo six-cylinder petrol engine, paired to an electric motor. The conventional engine outputs 286 horsepower while the electric adds another 110 horsepower. With a total of 388 horsepower and 600 Nm of torque, the new X5 xDrive45e iPerformance is now more powerful and more fuel efficient.
The amazing performance figures are also achieved thanks to an eight-speed automatic transmission paired to an all-wheel drive system, which comes standard. Other characteristics will be added later on, like electronically controlled dampers or air suspension.
Speaking of fuel-efficiency, the car`s lithium-ion battery pack allows you to drive the SUV for around 80 km without no fuel and at a top speed of 140 km/h, which is another plus compared with the ongoing model.
As for acceleration, the 2019 BMW X5 iDrive45e iPerformance is also quite impressive. At a top speed of 235 km/h it can hit 100 km/h in an outstanding 5.6 seconds. Again, compared with its predecessor, it`s 1 second faster.
As for its availability on the market, we`ve got some pretty bad news for the US customers, as the model will arrive overseas somewhere in 2020. In Europe however, you will be able to get a taste of the new plug-in hybrid sooner, in early 2019.
You can admire the all-new 2019 BMW X5 iDrive45e iPerformance in the media gallery released below. Enjoy and don’t forget to share your impressions with us!