Germans moving to hybrids - BMW X5 xDrive45e outsells diesels

Sanjay · Jul 27, 2021 02:00 PM

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The BMW X5 xDrive45e is Germany's best-selling BMW X5 variant, according to data sourced by the nation's Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA).

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The plug-in hybrid variant makes up 47.5 percent of all X5s sold. With nearly half of all X5s sold being the hybrid, it signifies a shift in German customers' mindset, people who typically still favour diesel-powered cars.

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Hammering the point home is that the hybrid X5 is one of the most expensive variants on sale there, outpriced only by the X5 M Performance, as well as other M cars in the brand's lineup.

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The X5 xDrive45e gets a 3.0-litre B58 turbocharged inline-six petrol engine that's combined with an electric motor to make a combined system output of 394 PS and 600 Nm of torque. The system is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.

Also read: All-new 2020 BMW X5 plug-in hybrid launched in Malaysia, priced from RM 440,745

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In full-electric mode, the plug-in hybrid X5 has a range of up to 77 km on a full charge, and is able to travel at a top speed of 135 km/h.

Also read: BMW X5 PHEV vs Volvo XC90 T8 - Which is the better buy?

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The BMW X5 xDrive45e M Sport is the sole variant sold by BMW Malaysia, priced from RM 428,800. This SST-free price (valid until 31-December 2021) is on-the-road, excluding insurance and BMW's extended service package.

Also read: SST exemption/discount for CKD and CBU cars extended to 31-Dec 2021

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Sanjay

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With humble beginnings collecting diecast models and spending hours virtually tuning dream cars on the computer, his love of cars has delightfully transformed into a career. Sanjay enjoys how the same passion for cars transcends boundaries and brings people together.

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