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Less than four days to go before the BMW X5 xDrive40e makes its debut in Malaysia, according to BMW Malaysia’s bmw-electricdrivingpleasure.com microsite, but reader Victor has already sighted the plug-in hybrid SUV in a parking lot in one of the many high-rise buildings in Kuala Lumpur.

Seen here is a silver example wearing an M Sport exterior, which should give the xDrive40e model some visual differentiation from the existing xDrive35i and xDrive30d models on sale in Malaysia. We know this is the xDrive40e because of the eDrive badge that can be seen above the left tail lamp.

Powering the X5 xDrive40e is a 2.0 litre four-cylinder engine making 242 hp and 350 Nm of torque. Combined with the electric motor, total system output is 313 hp and 450 Nm. Drive goes to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission and the xDrive all-wheel drive system. The 100 km/h sprint can be achieved in 6.8 seconds, on to an electronically limited top speed of 210 km/h.

Of course, not seen here in this photo angle is the flap for the plug-in charger socket that’s located near the A pillar. You can charge up the car’s 9 kWh lithium ion battery using a BMW i Wallbox system in about 2 hours and 45 minutes. Using a regular wall socket will add another hour to that. It will allow the X5 to travel on electric power alone up to a distance of 31 km, and up to a speed of 120 km/h.

Because of location of the lithium ion battery under the rear luggage compartment floor, the X5 xDrive40e won’t be available as a seven-seater like the regular X5 on sale in Malaysia.

The BMW X5 currently retails for RM573,800 for the xDrive35i and RM533,800 for the xDrive30d. Both variants are currently assembled in Malaysia. We think it’s likely that the xDrive40e is locally assembled as well to take advantage of the current EEV and hybrid tax incentives in Malaysia.

Volvo’s locally assembled XC90 takes good advantage of said incentives to offer a tempting price tag of RM403,888 for the T8 Twin Engine Inscription variant. How much do you think BMW’s X5 xDrive40e will be priced at, should it receive similiar tax incentives?

Read our review of the BMW X5 xDrive40e in Munich while we await its launch. You can also visit BMW Malaysia’s bmw-electricdrivingpleasure.com microsite to learn more about their plug-in hybrid technology.