The German automaker has decided to make some last minute upgrades and modifications to its X5 eDrive concept, ahead of its public reveal during the 2014 New York International Auto Show.

If you don’t remember what the concept is about, here’s the refresh: based on the X5, the eDrive concept adds a hybrid plug-in drive system, assisting the conventional engine and delivering better fuel economy and emissions without sacrificing performance.

The powertrain is comprised of a 180 kW/245 hp four-cylinder petrol engine with TwinPower Turbo tech, coupled with a 70 kW/95 hp electric motor developed in house. The electric power comes from a lithium-ion battery that can be recharged from any household socket – giving an all-electric range of maximum 20 miles/30 km.

While the test cycles show a fuel efficiency of 3.8 l/100 kilometers (74.3 mpg – measured with the standard EU cycle), when we’re talking about a BMW we understand that such figures are obtained without killing the driving pleasure. The Concept X5 eDrive is true to that, as on electric power alone the car is able to get to a top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph), while also thanks to the 250 Nm available from standstill, the usual 0-100 km/h sprint is resolved in just 7 seconds.


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