The good news continue as aside from packing significantly more punch, the new plug-in hybrid X5 also has a much more generous electric range, with BMW saying it can do up to 50 miles (80 kilometers) thanks to a better lithium-ion battery pack.
Total system output is now 290kW (engine 210kW/battery 80kW) and 600Nm, giving a 0-100kmh time of 5.6 seconds - more than one second faster than the previous X5 plug-in.
It's too early to talk pricing but the X5 xDrive45e iPerformance's sticker should fall somewhere between the $61,695 starting price of the base 2019 X5 xDrive40i and the $76,745 of the V-8-powered X5 xDrive50i. The 45e can also travel at up to 140kmh on electric power alone. The top speed in electric mode has also been increased from 74 to 87 miles per hour. In its hybrid state, the combined fuel consumption is 2,1 L/100 km with a C02 figure of 49 g/km.
While the X5 xDrive45e iPerformance will arrive in Europe next year, a US-launch isn't scheduled until 2020.
These improved levels are the result of a completely newly developed drive technology. Drive is to all four wheels via the X5's standard all-wheel-drive system. An eight-speed automatic transmission is connected to BMW's all-wheel drive system.
BMW engineers have placed the high-voltage battery of the X5 xDrive45e into the underbody of the SUV, lowering the centre of gravity. When all seats are used, the storage volume is 500 liters (17.7 ft); if the rear backrests are folded down, a volume of 1,716 liters (60.6 ft) is available. The volume of the fuel tank is 69 litres - suitable for long distances. The xDrive45e iPerformance model features two-axle air suspension and electronically controlled dampers. Another new option with the hybrid version is integrated active-steering. For select NFC-capable smartphones, a Digital Key to the vehicle would also be offered.