Hot on the heels of the “i” brand, BMW has also unveiled its first plug-in hybrid SUV – the X5 eDrive, at the moment only at a concept level. But, as it looks very production ready, this could be the forerunner of a new ActiveHybrid model in the line-up.
BMW Concept X5 eDrive uses a four-cylinder combustion engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and an electric motor – this means up to 120 km/h (75 mph) with a maximum range of 30 kilometres (19 miles) on electric power alone and average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle of 3.8 litres per 100 kilometres (74.3 mpg imp). The CO2 emissions are less than 90 g/km.
The BMW Concept X5 eDrive can complete the sprint from rest to 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than seven seconds.
The electric motor generates 95 HP (70 kW) and gets its energy from a lithium-ion battery pack installed underneath the load area. BMW says the batteries can be recharged from any domestic power socket, as well as from public charging stations or a Wallbox.
The differences to the normal X5 are highlighted by specific design accents: the kidney grille slats, air intake bars and the inlay in the rear bumper are painted in the BMW i Blue color. The concept also comes with specially designed roof rails, a connector for the charging cable that lights up during charging, and 21-inch light-alloy wheels in an exclusive, aerodynamically optimized design.