Kuala Lumpur, 23rd June 2016 – BMW Group Malaysia today launched the new BMW X5 xDrive40e, the newest locally assembled premium plug-in hybrid vehicle. The price starts from RM 388,800.00
“Since creating the premium Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) segment, the BMW X5 has been setting milestones and benchmarks in its class the world over. Today, the new BMW X5 xDrive40e will once again drive the future of the premium automotive industry, introducing luxurious ambience, innovative functionality as well as cutting-edge future technology courtesy of BMW i to automotive enthusiasts in the country,” Han Sang Yun, Managing Director and CEO of BMW Group Malaysia said.
This new local assembled vehicle is the 11th locally-assembled model of BMW Group Malaysia’s Assembly Facilities at the Kulim Hi-Tech Park.
“The new BMW X5 xDrive40e marshals in the next chapter of BMW EfficientyDynamics, delivering exceptional performance as well as all-electric mobility with zero emissions and introduces a new form of commanding driving experience with a combination of pure electric and dynamic driving in a sports activity vehicle,” said Han..
The BMW X5 xDrive40e`s most noticeable feature is the charging connection for the high-voltage battery located in the left front wing. Blue light effects appear here at the start of the charging process to indicate the flow of energy. The exhaust system on the new BMW X5 xDrive40e meanwhile, has a twin-tailpipe design with trapezoidal tips. Besides the model badge at the front of the vehicle’s flanks, the “eDrive” logo already familiar from the BMW i models graces the tailgate with their blue background colour as well as the centre console.
Further accentuating the dynamic character of the new BMW X5 xDrive40e is the M Sport Aerodynamic Package featured as a standard. In distinction to the Adaptive LED headlights, the new BMW X5 xDrive40e also features LED fog lights. Its body is dressed with BMW Individual Exterior Line Aluminium satinised and is equipped with 19-inch M Double-spoke light alloy wheels with mixed tyres.
The new BMW X5 xDrive40e is powered with a two-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and a synchronous electric motor integrated in the 8-speed Steptronic transmission. It generates a maximum output of 245 hp and 350 Nm of peak torque. The electric motor delivers an output of 83 kW with a maximum torque of 250 Nm, instantly available in typical electric drive fashion. Together, the new BMW X5 xDrive40e completes the 0 to 100 km/h sprint in just 6.8 seconds and has an electronically-limited top speed of 210 km/h and 450 Nm of peak torque. In all-electric mode meanwhile, the new SAV is able to travel at a top speed of 120 km/h. The exceptional dynamic acceleration of the new BMW X5 xDrive40e is accompanied with lesser fuel consumption of 3.3 litres per 100 kilometres and C02 emissions of just 77 grams per kilometre.
The xDrive system ensures supreme traction in all weather and road surface conditions, together with optimised handling stability and increased agility when powering through corners. As it is linked up to Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), the xDrive system is furthermore capable of acting in advance to counter vehicle understeer or oversteer.
The vehicle set-up and powertrain control can be configured as desired with the Driving Experience Control switch and eDrive button. The latter, located on the centre console allows the driver of the new BMW X5 xDrive40e to rotate between the default AUTO eDrive setting, MAX eDrive setting, or the SAVE Battery setting. In the AUTO eDrive setting, both engine and electric motor works in tandem highly efficiently. The electric motor alone is used for setting off with normal power requirements, while the engine cuts in at around 70 km/h or when the driver wishes to accelerate very sharply. In this mode, the intelligent operating strategy determines the most efficient drive combination at all times and switches to it automatically.
When switched to MAX eDrive, the driver will travel in all-electric mode, in which the vehicle is powered solely by the electric motor. This mode is designed for comfortable driving with zero local emissions without the engine being activated. It offers a maximum range of 30 km at a limited top speed of 120 km/h. The third mode, SAVE Battery, allows the driver to save or build-up the high-voltage battery’s energy reserved for a later point in time. When driving on the road, for instance, the state of charge can be kept constant or even boosted in order to use the high-voltage battery’s power for all-electric driving in urban areas later in the journey. This way, the stored energy can be selectively deployed exactly when required.