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BMW Announces a New Hybrid


BMW has introduced a hybrid version of its largest SUV X5. It was Bavarian brand’s the first hybrid crossover - and no wonder that was the most economical representative of his family.

Hybrid BMW X5 xDrive40e has much in common with the concept cars X5 eDrive - two cars with the same name Bavarians alternately introduced in 2013 and 2014. The power plant virtually unchanged side for the serial hybrid with the latest prototype. It consists of a two-liter gasoline engine with 245 hp and the 113-horsepower electric motor, and the total output of the power plant is 313 hp and 450 Nm of torque.

The electric motor gets its power from lithium-ion batteries, which are hidden under the boot floor (its minimum volume decreased from 620 to 500 liters). These in turn can be recharged either by the kinetic energy recovery system or from an external source of electricity - for example, a conventional wall socket. In this case, a full charge of batteries takes, according to official figures, 3 hours and 50 minutes. If you use the optional charger iWallbox, full charging time will be reduced to 2 hours 45 minutes. BMW’ officials note that they have developed a special application for smartphones called BMW Remote, with which you cannot only monitor battery level, but also, for example, control the air conditioning, or look for closest charging stations.

To accelerate to 100 km / h hybrid BMW X5 spends 6.8 seconds, top SUV’s speed is 210 km / h. Novelty can be satisfied with 3.3 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers, but this is likely to have to actively use the electric drive train. Using only the electric motor, BMW X5 is able to travel 31 km, thus speeding up to 120 km / h.

This mode of operation of the power plant was named Max eDrive. There are two more: Auto eDrive, which controls joint engines with electronics and Save Battery, in which preference is given to recharging the battery.

It is expected that the European market hybrid BMW X5 xDrive40e will appear this fall. SUV will receive a rich set of basic equipment and known by other members of the family optional packages, including the M Sport and BMW Individual.

In addition, almost all of the options proposed for BMW X5 xDrive40e are available for BMW X5to plug-in hybrid model. Among them are the finishing lines Design Pure Experience and Design Pure Excellence for exterior and interior, M Sport Package and exclusive range of equipment BMW Individual.

Hybrid X5 has several driving modes: Comfort, Eco Pro, Sport. Depending on the mode, it is possible to characteristics of the accelerator pedal, the power steering, and the algorithm of the damper control.
Production of the new BMW X5 xDrive40e will be established at the BMW plant in Spartanburg, USA. Here are already produced BMW X6, X3 and X4.

Price of the new product is not yet known. Sales will begin in the autumn of 2015