BMW Group Malaysia has confirmed the impending arrival of the BMW X5 xDrive40e, and is teasing the plug-in hybrid SUV in its new #ElectricDrivingPleasure campaign, which highlights Malaysians making a difference through innovation, ideas and solutions.

The focus is on Dr. Rajiv Bhanot, a medical doctor, social entrepreneur and humanitarian. He’s taking on the challenge of ending water poverty in the country as well as the world with H2O Saver, a nano-technology based innovation that transforms water from natural sources into safe drinking water. His story is told by Gordon Ling Fu Chur, finalist of the 2015 BMW Shorties competition for his film Tuck.

The short film is on, which also explains BMW’s plug-in hybrids with eDrive technology and has a form for registration of interest on the firm’s eco-friendly ‘e’ cars. In October last year, BMW Malaysia put up an image of the X5 xDrive40e on its Facebook page but has said little since.

The X5 xDrive40e plug-in hybrid is powered by a turbocharged 2.0 litre B48 four-cylinder petrol engine coupled to a synchronous electric motor. Total power output is rated at 313 hp and 450 Nm of torque. The powertrain is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission with drive going to all four wheels via the marque’s xDrive permanent AWD system.

The big SUV has a 0-100 km/h time of 6.8 seconds and an electronically-limited top speed of 210 km/h. A pure electric operational range of 31 km is claimed, along with a top speed of 120 km/h in EV mode. The lithium-ion battery pack can be recharged in two hours and 45 minutes via BMW’s i Wallbox system and around three hours and 50 minutes via a regular wall socket. We’ve driven the X5 xDrive40e, and you can read our test drive report to learn more about it.

Should the X5 xDrive40e be a locally-assembled model, it will get the same government incentives as the Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine, which is also a plug-in hybrid and a large SUV in the same segment. The CKD version of the big Volvo will be launched this evening, and is set to receive an attractive price lower than the CBU car’s RM453,888. We could be looking at a high variant, entry price F15 X5 here – stay tuned!

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GALLERY: BMW X5 xDrive40e driven in Munich