The new 2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e has made its first local appearance in Melbourne this week, with the new plug-in hybrid set to launch in Australia in April or May alongside the 330e sedan.
The two variants feature BMW‘s eDrive platform, and the X5 xDrive40e will only be offered in one specification, combining a 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine with a 9kWh lithium-ion battery pack, an eight-speed automatic transmission and BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system.
The electric motor and battery system are positioned over the rear axle under the cargo floor, still allowing for a respectable 500 litres of boot space.
The petrol engine produces 180kW and 350Nm, while the electric motor has an output of 83kW and 250Nm. Working together they yield 230kW and 450Nm while keeping fuel consumption to a claimed 3.1 litres per 100km.
The X5 xDrive40e, which is already available in America and Europe, has an electric-only driving range of 31 kilometres and can be charged in four hours using a normal household power point.