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BMW X5 xDrive45e iPerformance plug-in hybrid is juiced up for 2021

With a bigger battery and updated electronics, this plug-in hybrid luxury SUV hits US streets in 2020 as a 2021 model.

Chris Paukert
Following stints in TV news production and as a record company publicist, Chris spent most of his career in automotive publishing. Mentored by Automobile Magazine founder David E. Davis Jr., Paukert succeeded Davis as editor-in-chief of Winding Road, a pioneering e-mag, before serving as Autoblog's executive editor from 2008 to 2015. Chris is a Webby and Telly award-winning video producer and has served on the jury of the North American Car and Truck of the Year awards. He joined the CNET team in 2015, bringing a small cache of odd, underappreciated cars with him.
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This second-generation plug-in hybrid X5 won't arrive in the US until 2020, and when it does, it'll carry a 2021 model-year designation.

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The X5 xDrive45e iPerformance features a 3.0-liter inline six backed by an electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery pack.

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The gas engine develops 286 horsepower in European trim, and the electric motor churns out 112 hp. 

Combined total system output is quoted at 394 hp and 443 pound-feet of torque.

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The new fourth-generation X5 SUV will be available in the US in gas-only form beginning soon.

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Base 2019 xDrive40i start at $60,700, and this model's PHEV powertrain figures to amp that MSRP upwards by a fair bit.

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BMW says that despite the addition of a large battery pack, the xDrive45e only loses 3 cubic feet of storage in exchange for its newfound electric capabilities.

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Euro-spec performance is quoted at 0-62 mph in 5.6 seconds and top speed is pegged at 146 mph (87 mph on electricity alone).

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The new X5 xDrive45e iPerformance claims a much-improved all-electric driving range of just under 50 miles on Europe's less stringent NEDC test cycle.

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The 3.0-liter inline six is quoted at 286 horsepower, and the electric motor generates 112 hp. 

Combined, the two deliver 394 hp and 443 pound-feet of torque in Euro tune. 

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All-wheel drive comes standard, as does four-wheel air suspension.

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Discrete badging may be one of the only ways you'll spot that this X5 is a PHEV -- that is, if you miss the front-fender charge port door.

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Like other X5s, the xDrive45e is expected to be assembled in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

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