BMW has unveiled the new BMW X5 eDrive Concept ahead of its world debut next month at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The X5 eDrive Concept is based on the 2014 X5, but features a new plug-in hybrid system that allows the SUV to travel up to 19 miles on electricity alone.
On the outside the BMW X5 eDrive Concept looks virtually identical to the standard X5 with the exception of some trim changes, 21-inch light-alloy wheels and the charging point on the front fender. The big news is what lies under the hood. The concept is powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that is mated to an electric motor and an all-wheel-drive system.
A powerful lithium-ion battery powers the 95 horsepower electric motor, which can drive the X5 eDrive Concept up to 75 mph without the help from the four-cylinder engine. The concept can also reach 0-62 mph in under seven seconds and has an average fuel consumption of 74.3 mpg on the European cycle. There is a choice of three driving modes: the intelligent hybrid drive option; pure electric; or save battery mode to maintain the current battery charge.