The next iteration of BMW's current-generation X5 is here, and the SUV is rather juiced up compared to its predecessor. We mean the figuratively and literally, as it's the new XDrive45e plug-in hybrid and it's not just frugal at the pump. With nearly 400 horsepower (298 kilowatts) on tap, it brings some legit performance cred to the table.
The crux of this new PHEV is its turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine. Paired with an electric motor utilizing a more powerful battery, the updated powertrain generates a combined 389 hp (290 kW) and 443 pound-feet (600 Newton-meters) of torque. Power goes to all four wheels through an eight-speed Sport Steptronic transmission, though the X5 is given a rear-wheel-drive bias for performance-minded drivers.
Breaking things down further, the gasoline mill is good for 282 hp (210 kW), with the electric assist adding 111 hp (83 kW) to the mix. A 24-kWh battery gives the hybrid X5 an electric-only range of 30 miles, with an electric top speed of 84 mph. When gas and electric powerplants are working in harmony, BMW says the X5 xDrive45e can reach 60 mph in 5.3 seconds and top out at 130 mph.
By comparison, the new X5 easily outperforms the outgoing xDrive40e in every metric. That version utilized a smaller 2.0-liter engine with a smaller battery pack that dished up just 15 miles of EV-only range. With a healthy infusion of power, the new XDrive45e is over a second quicker to 60 mph and now has double the EV-only range. Utilizing three drive modes – Hybrid, Electric, and Sport – drivers can choose to go full eco or full performance at the touch of a button.
Inside, the X5 xDrive45e gets a welcome array of standard features that includes a rearview camera, panoramic sunroof, power-heated front seats, adaptive LED headlights, and Live Cockpit Professional, among others. It includes the newest version of BMW's iDrive system, delivering info to driver and passengers through a 12.3-inch instrument cluster and another 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment screen.
Navigation is part of the standard suite, as are Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. On the driver-assist side, blind-spot monitors, land departure warning, front and rear collision warning, and cross-traffic alert are all standard. More advanced systems such as active cruise control are optional with the Driving Assistance Professional Package.
The 2021 BMW X5 xDrive45e will launch for the U.S. market in July 2020. The base price is $65,400, not including $995 in destination charges.