American BMW dealers will begin receiving the X5 xDrive45e in July 2020.
Called xDrive45e, the newest addition to the X5 range looks a lot like its non-electrified siblings when it’s viewed from the outside. The main differences are found under the sheetmetal, where its plug-in system is built around a 3.0-liter straight-six. This is significant, because the last-generation X5 hybrid (which was called xDrive40e) was equipped with a 2.0-liter turbo four. BMW also doubled the lithium-ion battery pack’s capacity to 24 kilowatts.
BMW’s newest crossover with a plug will manage more than double the all-electric range of its predecessor, the automaker announced Wednesday.
The 2021 BMW X5 xDrive 45e upgrades from a 308-horsepower turbo-4 with a 9-kwh battery to a 389-hp 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 with a 24-kwh battery. All performance measures improve for 2021, but the price only jumps from $63,095 to $66,395, including $995 destination.
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