2019 BMW X5 xDrive45e hybrid arrives with improved electric efficiency

2019 BMW X5 xDrive45e hybrid arrives with improved electric efficiency

BMW came up with the new-generation X5 SUV last June. Now they’ve modernised the lineup by electrifying the X5. The BMW X5 xDrive45e comes in as a replacement for the xDrive40e X5 model that was already offered.

Powering the X5 xDrive45e is a combo of an inline-six 3.0-litre turbo petrol engine with 282 hp and an electric motor that has an output of 110 hp. The total output is quite generous at 389 hp which gets complimented by a monstrous 600 Nm torque figure. This is an 81 hp and 150 Nm improvement over the predecessor.

The range of the BMW X5 xDrive45e has also improved significantly. The maximum electric-only range of the 45e is 80 km which is more than double of what the old model gave. The electric nature of the vehicle doesn’t leave it as a slug. The performance gets a boost as well. The 0-100 kph run is taken care of in just 5.6 seconds which is quite impressive considering the size of the machine. The top speed in pure electric mode now is 120 kph. Being a hybrid, the fuel efficiency figures are where they’re supposed to be. It sips just 2.1 litres/100 km of fuel.

The BMW xDrive45e will not go on sale this year but it will arrive in US and UK showrooms next year. It is unclear if the model will be offered in the UAE or other GCC countries.

What do you think?



  1. Looking at the market conditions lately, I don’t think BMW will introduce the hybrid version of this car. In the UAE and GCC, the demand for luxury-hybrid cars is relatively lower compared to other markets. It might be an expensive buy for one and going as per the typical BMW fashion, it is defenitely going to be a lot pricier than its rivals too. Also, UAE still needs to meet the infrastructure requirements for the introduction of hybrid vehicles in residences. Special incentives should be introduced in favour of those who go for electric cars so that the initial burn on their pocket is settled down by a strong remedy. If somehow the setting up costs for the electric charger are made affordable, this car has a positive chance of ruling the roads of UAE. Alternative means of energy is the need of the hour and definitely a better substitute to gasoline cars. As it sips just 2.1l/100 km, which is unbelievable, customers might actually crowd the BMW showrooms and this car might become a blockbuster success for the company.

    • As for the looks, it is a neat looking car with everything falling into perspective what with its macho front grille and the swinging lines which just add to its appeal. However, it looks quite contemporary and reminiscent of the earlier generation which creates a love or hate sensation. What turns head away though, are the taillights elements which I have seen in a few modern age chinese vehicles. SUre they do a good job over there, but in this car they seem out of place. Borowing them directly from the earlier car would have kept things just fine and rather major tweaks should have been made to the front end of the exterior because that more or less looks same no matter whichever BMW model you see.
      In my opinion, the deal breaker of this car is going to be its precise steering wheel which makes driving this mammoth, a piece of cake going by other BMW models which are quite driver oriented. It will definitely undercut the Audi Q7 and Mercedes-Benz GLS by a strong margin.
      Congratulations BMW for the big leap!!

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