BMW has given its X5 SUV a huge mid-life facelift, with the plug-in hybrid xDrive50e version revised with more power and an extended all-electric range.
All versions of the X5 are now electrified in some way, with the 3.0-litre six-cylinder xDrive30d diesel and the hot 4.4-litre V8 petrol M60i model making use of 48-volt mild hybrid technology. Both engines are mated to eight-speed automatic gearboxes, but the transmissions are now aided by an electric motor that can generate a 12bhp boost, enabling purely electric driving at very low speeds.
But it’s in the xDrive50e that the biggest electrification strides are made. The plug-in hybrid version of the X5 still features a 3.0-litre turbocharged six-cylinder petrol engine, but power increases slightly to 309bhp. The 25.7kWh battery is the same as before, but the electric motor it powers has been updated to 194bhp - almost twice as much as before.
Combined with what BMW claims to be several tweaks to the motor’s efficiency, the car’s energy management systems and braking recuperation system, the xDrive50e can now cover up to 68 miles on electric power alone, with official CO2 from 18g/km and a fanciful 353.1mpg fuel economy. With maximum combined power of 483bhp with torque of 700Nm, 0-62mph is dispatched in 4.8 seconds, with a top speed of 155mph.