BMW has revealed details of its most advanced plug-in hybrid yet.
The German car maker has confirmed its new-generation X5 SUV will be offered with a petrol-electric powertrain capable of driving up to 80km on electric power alone, making it one of the most efficient hybrid machines on the planet despite offering increased levels of power and performance.
the x5 45e iPerformance replaces today's 40e model and now features a six-cylinder petrol engine rather than a four-cylinder unit that is hooked-up to an electric motor and more efficient battery pack that offers increased performance - in all parameters.
the petrol engine generates 210kw on its own, while the electric motor adds a further 82kw to produce a maximum combined power output of 290kw - 60kw more than before - and offers the ability to launching the high-riding wagon from 0-100km/h in 5.6 seconds - 1.2 seconds quicker.
its 80km electric driving range is three-times further than its predecessor, while it can travel at up to 140km/h on battery power, which is 20km/h faster, and has a claimed average fuel consumption of 2.1l/100km, down from 3.3l/100km.
the lithium-ion battery is packaged lower in the body than its predecessor that improves its centre of gravity, but reduces the luggage capacity of its boot by 150l to 500l, and it is only offered with a conventional five-seat configuration whereas regular variants have an optional seven-seater layout.
like all other variants of the new x5 range, the 45e drives all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic gearbox and features air suspension as well as BMW's latest suite of active safety systems and connectivity functions.
the x5 45e iPerformance is expected to join BMW's local line-up late in 2019, with full details, including price and specifications, closer to its showroom arrival.