Exclusive: BMW NZ reveals X5 plug-in electric SUV
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BMW New Zealand is adding to its electric fleet with the reveal this week of the BMW X5 plug-in hybrid SUV that is aimed at urban buyers.
BMW is extending its i range, which currently has the i3 and i8 vehicles, with the X5 plug-in to sit under a newly established i performance banner.
Revealed in Canberra to the Australasian media this week, the X5 xDrive 40e has fuel efficiency figures of 3.3-litres/100km with an EV-only range of 31 km.
In New Zealand, the X5 40e will sit alongside the 2 Series Active Tourer plug-in hybrid in the i performance range. Both vehicles will go on sale in New Zealand in the middle of the year.
The X5 xDrive 40e is powered by two engines: a 2-litre, four cylinder 180kW/350Nm petrol engine, and an 83kW/250Nm electric module, together the two engines will produce 230kW/450Nm.
The X5 plug-in had three electric or hybrid drive modes: the default auto eDrive used for city driving; the Max eDrive which is all-electric for up to 120km/h; and the save battery function that provides boost from the electric engine.
The X5 40e also had four drivetrain settings: eco pro, comfort, sport and sport plus.
With an 85 litre petrol engine, that had a 1000km range, there are also visual difference compared with a diesel or petrol X5.
Driven was the only New Zealand media to drive the X5 plug-in at the Canberra launch that included a fuel economy run and a highway cycle in sports mode.
The fuel economy run was to demonstrate the average commute of the Australian driver, which is 31.2km per round trip a day.
The expected fuel economy was between 3-4l/100km while one Australian motoring writer managed 2.7l/100km.
For the fuel economy cycle, the X5 was driven in auto eDrive paired with eco pro to get maximum efficiency. My co-driver managed 5.3l/100km during a circuit around suburban Canberra with an average speed of 40km/h.
For my drive circuit, I used sport drivetrain mode to regenerate the battery, which was on 2 per cent charge due to the economy run.
The drive took in highway speeds of up to 90km/h and country roads with my fuel economy figure after 30km coming in at 7.2l/100km.
Potential buyers are customers wanting a low emission and fuel efficient vehicle that would be suitable for week-day commutes while capable for weekends away and family holidays – all with a premium badge.