BMW reveals the X5 plug-in hybrid

BMW reveals the X5 plug-in hybrid

The plug-in hybrid variant of the hugely-popular BMW X5 is due to arrive in the showrooms this year. It will deliver economic motoring, returning 83mpg, and has a meagre carbon footprint of just 77g/km of CO2 emissions.

BMW has revealed the model in advance of its launch and following the success of the 'I' sub-brand models: the i8 and the i3. The xDrive40e will have a four-cylinder 2.00-litre turbocharged engine delivering 242bhp, which is matched with an electric motor delivering 111bhp and provides a combined output of a commendable 309bhp and 350Nm of torque. All models in the range have automatic eight-speed transmissions, with an all-electric range of 19 miles.

Performance figures are pretty impressive. The X5 plug-in can accelerate from 0-62mph in 6.8 seconds and has a maximum speed of 130mph. It misses out on London Congestion Charge exemption, however, by just two grammes.

Every model in the range has four-wheel drive, which functions even when driven in electric mode. Other features include self-levelling back air suspension and dynamic damper control. There is a choice of three modes of driving - EcoPro, Sport and Comfort - and there are lots of gadgets to make the driver's life easier.

The X5 plug-in hybrid SUV looks pretty much the same as the other X5 models, apart from the charging port near the front nearside wheel arch.

BMW will announce the exact price nearer to the launch date, but you can expect it to be around £55,000.