And while it is 'just' hybrid, it will still provide nearly 100 kilometers of electric range.

Tomorrow, BMW is going to start its much anticipated world tour/presentation of their next concept, currently known as Vision iNext. However, while majority of electric cars enthusiasts are awaiting for the concept, BMW has a bit under the radar revealed a new addition to their fleet of cars with alternative drive. And it is a rather logical one: BMW X5 SUV or to put it right: BMW X5 xDrive45e iPerformance.

BMW’s line of hybrid driven cars goes a long way back. In fact the newest member of the fleet is its seventh member and among the stronger ones. Marking xDrive45e means, that there is a three-liter six cylinder engine under the hood (paired with a pair of turbochargers), which together with electric motor produces no less than 290 kilowatts of power (394 ‘horsepower’).

With a powerful petrol engine one might have though, the car is not really on the green side, but it looks like BMW did a great job. The car is going to provide average consumption of 2,1 liters of petrol per 100 kilometers. Small consumption also comes with low emissions; car should only produce around 49 grams of CO2 per kilometer. Even more impressive is the range when the car is being driven on batteries alone, it can make up to 80 kilometers with top speed being risen from 120 to 140 kilometers per hour.

BMW is going to let us wait for the new hybrid though. While all the technical details has already been revealed, buyers are going to have to wait for their cars at least few months, since the first delivers are expected to come ‘in the course of 2019’, when the prices are also expected to be revealed.

Sept. 8, 2018 Driving photo: BMW

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