Future Models - BMW 2016 X5
BMW kicks off Australian PHEV initiative
Two-pin plug: BMW's pair of plug in hybrids can travel more than 30km on pure electric power.
First two eDrive BMW plug-in hybrid models arriving in May
13 February 2016
BMW Australia has announced it will introduce its first pair of non-‘i’-branded
plug-in hybrid models simultaneously this year, with both the 330e sedan and X5
xDrive40e large SUV launching the company's eDrive hybrid program in May.
While the more exclusive i8 sportscar and i3 small hatchback pioneered plug-in
power for BMW in Australia, the next brace of PHEVs will be the first to fall
under the company's eDrive banner, which is ultimately set to spread through
all model lines.
Following the first 3 Series and X5-based variants, a 7 Series and 2 Series
Active Tourer are the most likely second wave, but BMW is staying tight lipped
on any future eDrive models.
Of the pair, the X5 is expected to be the more popular eDrive option given
Australia's demand for SUVs of all shapes and sizes, but BMW has not made any
sales predictions for either model.
The premium SUV uses BMW's TwinPower 2.0-litre petrol four-cylinder engine with
an output of 180kW/350Nm combined with an 83kW/250Nm electric motor that draws
power from a 9kWh lithium-ion battery.
When in a hurry, the total 230kW/450Nm output can accelerate the xDrive40e to
from zero to 100km/h in 6.8 seconds, and can use as little as 3.3 litres of
fuel per 100km when driven more sedately on the combined cycle.
In pure electric mode, the X5 has a range of about 31km, while the 330e sedan
can go for up to 37km before having to either fire up its 135kW/290Nm petrol
engine, or find an electrical socket or i Wallbox to plug in to.
Like the X5, the 3 Series-based PHEV also combines an electric motor with
petrol power for a total of 185kW and 420Nm, which can either shoot the 330e to
100km/h in 6.1 seconds or sip 2.1 litres of petrol per 100km with less lead in
BMW says the 330e is the driver's pick of the hybrid brace with a 50:50 weight
distribution front-to-rear and the same dynamics associated with the whole 3
Series range, while the X5 is the go-anywhere option with its xDrive all-paw
traction system and up to 1720 litres of load space.
BMW Group Australia CEO Marc Werner said the introduction of the two new
variants was a mark of commitment to the future of cleaner motoring from the
“BMW Group been very active in advocating sustainable mobility,” he said. “Our
new eDrive models signal a real expansion of this area in Australia and
reinforce our commitment to alternative fuel vehicles.”
The German car maker has previously offered ActiveHybrid versions of the 3
Series and 7 Series, which did not have plug-in charging capability and sold
with limited success.
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