BMW Malaysia has introduced the all-new BMW X5 hybrid as a follow up to the hugely-popular plug-in hybrid variant of ‘The Boss’ in our country. Available in a single M Sport trim, the locally-assembled PHEV X5 xDrive45e – now dubbed ‘The New Boss’ – is priced at RM440,745 on the road without insurance, sales tax exempted.

EXTERIOR

We should all be familiar with how the latest-generation BMW X5 looks by now, with the launch of the X5 xDrive40i M Sport in May last year. The all-new PHEV variant, also optioned in the M Sport trim level, comes equipped with pretty much identical exterior kit.

  • Slim Adaptive LED headlights with BMW Selective Beam
  • LED fog lights
  • 20-inch M light alloy Wheels in Star Spoke style 740 M Bicolour
  • Signature M Sport brake
  • M Aerodynamics package
  • Roof rails – Aluminium satinated
  • M Sport-specific tailpipe finishers

PERFORMANCE

With this being the plug-in hybrid variant, the biggest difference obviously lies underneath the sheet metal. The all-new BMW X5 hybrid pairs a 3.0-litre turbocharged straight-six engine (same as the aforementioned xDrive40i) with an additional electric motor for an additional power boost and better fuel economy.

  • Engine: B58 3.0-litre twin-scroll turbocharged inline six – 286 hp, 450 Nm
  • Electric Motor: 113 hp, 265 Nm
  • Transmission: 8-speed ZF automatic
  • Drivetrain: xDrive all-wheel drive
  • Battery capacity: 24 kWh
  • Suspension: two-axle air suspension
  • Total system max horsepower: 394 hp
  • Total system max torque: 600 Nm
  • 0-100 km/h: 5.6 seconds
  • Top speed: 235 km/h (pure electric: 135 km/h)
  • Electric range: 77 km
  • Combined fuel consumption: 2.5 l/100km

Compared to its predecessor, total system output has been increased by 86 hp and 150 Nm of twist. As a result, the century sprint time has been shortened by a whole 1.3 seconds(!).

The 24 kWh battery is also significantly higher than the 9 kWh on the outgoing model. As a result, the pure electric range has more than doubled from its predecessor (30 km).

The larger battery takes six hours and 50 minutes to top-up from empty, using a BMW i Wallbox with a 3.7kW output. On a regular domestic 240v socket using the supplied charger, 0-100% charge takes roughly 10 hours and 30 minutes.

INTERIOR

Similar to the petrol-powered variant, the new X5 xDrive45e M Sport gets a Black Vernasca leather upholstered interior, paired with a fine-wood ‘Fineline Stripe’ trim with brown high-gloss. Interior equipment include:

  • 12.3-inch Live Cockpit Professional digital instrument display
  • 12.3-inch touchscreen display with gesture control
  • 10.2-inch Rear Seat Entertainment Professional
  • Four-zone automatic climate control
  • M leather steering wheel with paddle shifters
  • Sport front seats, memory function for driver seat
  • BMW M sill plates
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • 464W 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround sound system

FEATURES AND CONVENIENCE

The all-new BMW X5 PHEV SUV is packed to the brim with convenience technology features, such as the standard BMW Display Key which displays vehicle status such as range and other key vehicle information, and provides convenient access to the vehicle’s climate control system before entering the car.

The X5 xDrive45e M Sport is also equipped with Comfort Access 2.0, which uses sensors to detect the car key in proximity and automatically unlock or lock the vehicle without the need to grab or touch the door handles. The car will be automatically locked when the key moves more than two metres away from the car.

Other comfort-oriented amenities include:

  • Wireless charging pad
  • Automatic tailgate with contactless opening and closing
  • BMW Digital Key on selected Android smartphones
  • Parking Assistant Plus with Surround View Camera
  • Reversing Assistant

SAFETY

The all-new BMW X5 hybrid in Malaysia comes equipped with a pretty extensive list of advanced driver assistance systems. The system, dubbed the BMW Personal CoPilot, includes:

  • Frontal Collision Warning with brake intervention
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Lane Changing Warning
  • Rear Cross Traffic Warning
  • Rear Collision Prevention
  • speed limit information

ADDITIONAL OPTIONS

Four exterior colours are available for the all-new BMW X5 xDrive45e M Sport: Phytonic Blue, Black Sapphire, Mineral White and Artic Grey.

As an added option, ‘The New Boss’ can also be specified with additional M Performance parts and accessories, including:

  • Carbon fibre front air inlet
  • Carbon fibre exterior mirror cap
  • Carbon fibre front and rear winglets
  • Carbon fibre rear diffuser
  • Side decals, side skirts in Frozen Black
  • Jet Black Matte Star Spoke alloy wheels

PRICING

The all-new BMW X5 xDrive45e M Sport is priced at RM440,745 (sans sales tax), and will be available at all authorised BMW dealerships nationwide from 20th June 2020.

With BMW Group Financial Service Malaysia’s Balloon Financing Plan, the new PHEV X5 can be yours with a monthly instalment plan starting from RM5,028 (based on estimates of an 80% loan, on a five-year tenure).

As standard, all new owners of the BMW X5 xDrive45e M Sport will receive the complete BMW Group Malaysia Premium Ownership experience, which includes:

  • BMW 5-Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty with Free Scheduled Service Programme
  • BMW 5-Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty with Free Scheduled Service Programme
  • BMW 8-Year/ 160,000KM Battery Warranty (whichever comes first)
  • BMW 2-Year/ 24 Month Tyre Warranty Programme for its Run Flat Tyre offering andservices
  • BMW Roadside Assistance and Accident Hotline
  • The BMW Group Loyalty+ Mobile App – BMW White Card
  • BMW Service Online

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