BMW is officially ready to roll out its first PHEV from its core brand to the world, and it’s in the way of the 2016 BMW X5 xDrive. Fuel economy for this thing is an estimated 83.1 mpg, although take note, this is a blended number based on an optimistic European testing cycle, there are no U.S. fuel economy numbers in just yet.
The 2016 BMW X5 xDrive 40e four-wheel drive will debut at the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show in April, and first appeared as the Concept X5 eDrive back at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. BMW says the production model reaps the benefits of the technology showcased in the i8, which by the way, it can’t build fast enough to meet demand.
You’ll get a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with the production version, along with an eight-speed transmission that produces 241 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The electric motor is rated at 82 kilowatts (111 hp) with 184 pound-feet of torque. So the total package we’re talking about here is a combined output of 313 hp and 332 lb-ft.
In a press release, here’s what BMW has to say about its lithium-ion battery:
The energy for the electric motor integrated in the 8-speed Steptronic transmission is drawn from a lithium-ion battery, which also supplies power to the low-voltage battery for the 12V electrical system aboard the BMW X5 xDrive40e via a voltage transformer. It can be recharged by connecting to any standard domestic power socket or a BMW i Wallbox, as well as at public charging stations. To save space the high-voltage battery is housed underneath the luggage compartment floor, where it is also particularly well protected in the event of a crash. With 500 – 1,720 litres of luggage space, a three-part folding rear backrest and a luxuriously designed interior, the BMW X5 xDrive40e also boasts the high versatility associated with a large sports activity vehicle but blended with an exclusive ambience.
BMW will also offer most all of the optional extras offered for the BMX x5 on the plug-in hybrid version. The Design Pure Experience and Pure Excellence packages for the exterior and interior are also available for the BMW X5 xDrive40e, as are the M Sport package and the bespoke features from BMW Individual.
The new X5 xDrive 40e will be built in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where BMW builds its other X5 models, as well as some of its other utility vehicles. It is set to arrive in European showrooms this coming Fall and could hit U.S. showrooms by the end of the year.