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BMW introduces X5 xDrive40e plug-in hybrid SUV

Hot on the heels of the i8 from BMW's “i” sub-brand By ,

BMW has just introduced its first-ever plug-in hybrid vehicle, the X5 xDrive40e, which achieves a combined 3.3-3.4L/100km according to the European test cycle. It will hit the market in Europe this fall.

A 4-cylinder TwinPower Turbo engine teams up with an electric motor to generate a total of 230 kW (313 hp). The 12V low-tension lithium-ion battery can be charged through a regular household outlet, a public station, or BMW's i Wallbox. The BMW X5 xDrive40e can sprint to 100 km/h in 6.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 210 km/h. All-electric range and top speed amount to about 31 km and 120 km/h, respectively.

The interior offers 500 litres of cargo room or 1,720 litres with the rear seats down. By comparison, a regular X5's cargo capacity increases from 650 to 1,870 litres. 

The Canadian on-sale date for the BMW X5 xDrive40e has yet to be announced.