The BMW X5 eDrive concept is set to debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show,
and is another model to add to BMW's growing electric car portfolio. The
concept X5 eDrive is a plug-inhybrid version of the new X5 capable of
travelling 19 miles in electric-only mode, returning 74.3mpg and
producing less than 90g/km of CO2.
Unlike the Concept Active Tourer (the only other eDrive model to
date), which combined a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine with an
electric motor, the X5 eDrive pairs up an unspecific four-cylinder
petrol engine (likely to be the 245bhp 2.0 turbo from the 328i) with a
95bhp electric motor. Power is sent through BMW’s xDrive four-wheel
drive system, so it should have all the grip and stability of a standard
There are three driving modes to choose from. Intelligent hybrid
drive senses your driving style and strikes a balance between sportiness
and efficiency, pure electric mode disengages the engine and works up
to speeds of 75mph, and safe battery mode puts greater load on the
engine to maintain the current battery charge. With the engine a motor
working together 0-62mph in less than seven seconds is possible.
Although it doesn’t have the ultra lightweight carbon-fibre and
aluminium construction of the i3 hatchback or i8 sports car, there are
some styling nods towards the new ‘i’ family. The slats in the grille, a
stripe along the lower air intake and an inlay in the rear bumper are
all finished in the same blue colour developed specifically for the ‘i’
Other changes to the regular X5 include new roof rails, unique
21-inch alloys with a new aerodynamic design and the eDrive branded
charging socket above the front wheelarch. Despite the lithium-ion
battery pack stored underneath the boot floor, the eDrive’s boot space
is only slightly reduced compared to the standard X5.
BMW is calling the X5 eDrive “the next logical step towards landmark
efficiency in the SAV segment,” suggesting it’s not a question of if
this technology will make production, but when. Expect production cars
with this four-wheel drive plug-in set up on UK roads by 2015. For more details click here.