Bangkok. BMW Group Thailand organised the Urban Night Drive with BMW iPerformance test drive activity to offer the motoring press contingent hands-on experience with the exceptional performance and efficiency of plug-in hybrid technology found in the BMW xDrive40e M Sport and BMW 330e M Sport. The drive covered an urban route with a relaxing night-time atmosphere that afforded drivers with the opportunity to fully savour the colours of Bangkok nightlife.
The Urban Night Drive with BMW iPerformance started at Mandarin Oriental Hotel, taking drivers to the Royal Thai Navy Convention Centre as well as Suvarnabhumi Airport before heading back towards the Chao Phraya River and into Charoen Krung district at Asiatique The Riverfront.
Mr. Matthias Pfalz, President of BMW Group Thailand, said, “BMW’s growth in Thailand reflects the rapid rise in both demand and trust in our vehicles among Thai consumers – a direct result of our high-technology innovations and distinctive design characteristics. To build further upon our successes in technological advancement and environmental sustainability, BMW Group Thailand is ready to move ahead with local assembly of two BMW iPerformance vehicles – the BMW X5 xDrive 40e and BMW 330e plug-in hybrids – at our local assembly plant from the second half of 2016 onward. This announcement represents a continuation of the commitment that began with the 2014 introduction of plug-in hybrid technology in the BMW i8 as we strive to introduce eco-friendly innovations to the streets of Thailand.”
Powered by BMW iPerformance technology, the BMW X5 xDrive40e M Sport delivers genuine excellence and comfort with its 2.0-litre engine – a three-time winner of the coveted “International Engine of the Year” award and the most powerful four-cylinder petrol unit yet in BMW Group’s engine portfolio. It generates a maximum output of 180 kW/245 hp and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of peak torque. The electric motor puts an output of 83 kW/113 hp on tap, while its maximum torque of 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) is available from the word go in typical electric drive fashion. This has the effect of boosting the engine’s output for thrilling, instantaneous response with no delay in acceleration.
The BMW X5 xDrive40e M Sport completes the 0 to 100 km/h sprint in just 6.8 seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 210 km/h. In all-electric drive mode, meanwhile, the vehicle is capable of a top speed of 120 km/h, again electronically limited. The intelligently controlled interaction between the combustion engine and the electric drive, which together generate a system output of 230 kW/313 hp, endows the BMW X5 xDrive40e M Sport with exceptionally dynamic acceleration while also substantially cutting fuel consumption and emissions in everyday driving. It returns a combined fuel consumption of 31.3 km/l and CO2 emissions at 76 g/km.
In addition to the BMW X5 xDrive40e M Sport, members of the press also experienced the extraordinary functionality and luxury of the BMW 330e M Sport – a plug-in hybrid vehicle that arrived in Thailand hot on the heels of the BMW i8. Designed to maximise harmony on the road, the BMW 330e M Sport delivers stunning fuel efficiency through iPerformance technology. Its four-cylinder, 2.0-litre BMW TwinPower Turbo engine, winner of two International Engine of the Year Awards, produces a maximum power output of 135kW / 184hp and peak torque of 290Nm.
The engine works in tandem with an electric motor, which delivers 65kW / 88hp in additional power plus up to 250Nm torque through an eight-speed automatic gearbox to give the BMW 330e M Sport the snappy and joyful response of an electric vehicle, allowing the car to reach 100 km/h from a standstill in just 6.1 seconds before hitting a top speed of 225 km/h.
Additionally, BMW 330e M Sport is capable of operating in all-electric mode with a top speed of 120 km/h. The engine and electric motor combined can produce up to 185kW / 252hp for a blaze of powerful acceleration along with an excellent fuel consumption rate of 40.8 km/l. The all-new BMW 330e M Sport has the lowest CO2 emission level in Thailand’s sedan category at 57g/km and is ranked second only to the BMW i8’s 49g/km in an all-category comparison – including eco cars.
The plug-in hybrid technology in the BMW X5 xDrive40e M Sport and BMW 330e M Sport capably harnesses the potential of an electric motor setup to reduce fuel consumption and enable zero-emission suitable for urban driving. The cars come equipped with batteries that can be topped up via household power outlets with the charging cable stored in the rear boot. Once fully drained, BMW X5 xDrive40e M Sport can be fully recharged at home in approximately three hours and fifty minutes, while the BMW 330e M Sport can take approximately three hours to reach a full charge.
BMW Group Thailand has also partnered with Mandarin Oriental Bangkok in installing the BMW i pure Wallbox charging station to provide charging services for BMW i and BMW iPerformance vehicles free of charge. Also available in the special parking areas at Central World Plaza and All Seasons Place to serve vehicles purchased from authorized BMW dealers, the BMW i pure Wallbox can fully charge the BMW X5 xDrive40e M Sport within two hour and forty minutes and the BMW 330e M Sport in two hours and twelve minutes.