In addition to the all-electric i3, BMW has announced plans to debut the Concept X5 eDrive in Frankfurt next month. The plug-in hybrid SAV – Sports Activity Vehicle – is the company’s second car to feature the eDrive, joining the Concept Active Tourer.
The X5 system is comprised of a four-cylinder combustion engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and an electric motor that generates 70 kW (95 hp) from a high-voltage lithium-ion battery that can be charged from any domestic power socket. Battery charge and electric range are monitored from a smartphone and an app from BMW ConnectedDrive allows monitoring of the charging process.
The eDrive technology provides trademark BMW handling at up to 120 km/h (75 mph) and a range of 30 kilometres (19 miles) on electric power alone. The X5’s average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle was 3.8 liters per 100 km (74.3 mpg). The eDrive works in sync with the all-wheel drive BMW xDrive system and the Concept sprints 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in around 7 seconds.
The Concept’s design includes unique kidney grille slats, air intake bars and the inlay in the rear bumper, specially designed roof rails, a connector for the charging cable that lights up during charging and 21-inch light-alloy wheels.
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