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Want A Plug-In BMW X5? You'll Have To Wait

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Here's when the hybrid X5 is expected to arrive.

The fourth-generation BMW X5 was introduced as a 2019 model and is now entering its second model year in 2020. Enthusiasts are likely excited for the upcoming X5 M with over 600 horsepower but more buyers will likely be interested in the upcoming plug-in hybrid model. In the United States, the plug-in will be called the X5 xDrive45e iPerformance and it has the potential to shake up the luxury SUV market.

Power will come from a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six producing 286 horsepower mated to an electric motor providing an additional 112 hp. Total output will be rated at 394 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque with 0-60 mph taking only 5.6 seconds.

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BMW previously stated the xDrive45e model would not arrive in the US market until at least 2020 but left the specifics pretty vague. The German automaker just released more information about the vehicle in preparation for it to go on sale in other markets but left out details on a US launch. CarBuzz reached out to obtain a more exact timeline and a BMW spokesperson said, "We are expecting the US X5 xDrive45e sometime mid-2020."

This may not an exact answer but it does at least confirm we won't have to wait until the tail end of 2020. We were also told to expect the "start of communications for this vehicle in Spring 2020," meaning we will likely see more news on fuel economy and electric range earlier in the year along with an early opportunity to drive it.

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The plug-in hybrid X5 has a rated electric range of 67 to 87 kilometers (41 to 54 miles) in the new WLTP test cycle but the European standard of testing often produces longer range estimates than the US EPA cycle. If the US range ends up being over 50 miles, it would easily best other plug-in hybrids like the Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring (Lincoln's name for the hybrid model) and Volvo XC90 Hybrid.

It is still unknown whether the xDrive45e will arrive as a 2020 or a 2021 model but with 2021 production not slated to begin until September 20, 2020, we' assume it will arrive as a 2020 model.

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