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BMW X5 xDrive45e gets more power, range for 2020

by Justin King

The plug-in hybrid is expected to run for up to 50 miles, significantly higher than the 14-mile range of the outgoing model.

BMW has announced plans to replace the X5 xDrive40e with the improved xDrive45e in 2020.

Combining a six-cylinder gasoline engine with the company's latest eDrive hybrid technology, the 45e increases total system output to 394 horsepower -- up 86 ponies from the 40e -- and 443 pound-feet of torque.

The extra power shaves off more than a second from the SUV's zero-to-62 mph speed, down to just 5.6 seconds. Top speed is now listed as 146 mph.

Perhaps more importantly, the revised model increases all-electric range from a short 14 miles to an estimated 50 miles. Drivers can also run on electric power alone at higher speeds of up to 87 mph.

The X5 xDrive45e will arrive for the 2021 model year alongside a wave of new plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles from many automakers.

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