Author: Manish Kharinta
german car manufacturer BMW has confirmed that it is working on developing all-electric, hybrid and diesel / gas variants for the next generation of its flagship 7 Series. sedan in March. But the automaker has also made improvements to the latest-generation plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version of its popular X5 SUV. Now the automaker has officially announced pricing and details for the new and improved X5 hybrid, which is expected to go on sale next month.
The 2021 BMW X5 xDrive45e SUV will be priced at $ 65,400, which does not include the $ 995 destination charge. However, the new PHEV X5 will also qualify for the federal tax credit of $ 7,500, which should eventually translate into a reduced price of $ 58,895.
The 2021 xDrive45e is the second generation of the BMW X5 plug-in hybrid SUV.
The xDrive45e’s hybrid powertrain has been completely redesigned and now features a 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged 6-cylinder engine that replaces the older 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder turbocharged engine from the 2020 model.
The 6-cylinder engine produces 282 horsepower and is mated to a synchronous-traction electric motor, which develops an additional 111 horsepower, resulting in a combined output of 389 horsepower.
Compared to the previous generation X5, the 2021 xDrive45e gets an 8bhp improvement in overall power. Torque is also increased from 111 lb-ft to 443 ft-lb (600 Nm) of maximum torque. The 2021 BMW X5 xDrive45e accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in just 5.3 seconds – 1.2 seconds more than its predecessor.
The top speed of the PHEV X5 is capped at 130mph, but it naturally drops to 84mph in all-electric driving mode.
The PHEV also has three different driving modes, including hybrid, electric and sport. The driver can switch between electric-only and hybrid driving modes using the eDrive button or by simply pressing the full pedal.
The X5 Hybrid also offers 7,200 lbs of towing capacity.
The 2021 X5 has a luxurious interior and comes with BMW iDrive 7 infotainment interface.
Unlike the previous generation model which was equipped with a 12 kW battery, the new X5 Hybrid uses a 24 kWh lithium-ion unit to power the transmission.
The BMW xDrive45e does not yet have an official EPA fuel economy rating for the PHEV transmission, but the agency estimates that the battery-only range of the new SAV is 30 miles, which is more than double compared to the outgoing model.
The xDrive45e comes with BMW’s iDrive 7 infotainment interface, which uses a 12.3-inch touchscreen located in the center of the dashboard. The system supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The 2021 BMW X5 xDrive 45e will be manufactured at the company’s Spartanburg, South Carolina plant, which happens to be BMW’s largest global manufacturing facility. The facility received an update last year that doubled in size to accommodate production of the X5 xDrive 45e and X3 xDrive30e.