After just a few days ago the German automaker unveiled the updated X5 eDrive concept, the new model made its official public debut during the 2014 New York motor show.

First shown to the world during last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, the refreshed concept cannot be actually distinguished from its forbearer, as the model only underwent a “series of detailed refinements,” which in German engineering language must be translated to under the hood tweaks.

The exterior and interior look unchanged – with i Blue accents in and out of the car, besides the transparent high-voltage battery cover. The BMW ConnectedDrive system is also on board to take care of power efficiency duties.

The eDrive concept is a hybrid plug-in model, boasting a TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder petrol engine good for 245 hp assisted by a 95 hp electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery located beneath the luggage compartment. That’s good for a 0-1000 km/h jump in less than 7 seconds, while in electric mode only the X5 can go for up to 30 km (18.6 miles) – reaching a maximum speed of 120 km/h (75 mph).

While production plans have not been confirmed so far by the Bavarian carmaker, BMW indirectly confirmed a variant as it said it intends to build a plug-in hybrid X5 in the US Spartanburg plant in the not so distant future.


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