BMW Concept X5 eDrive Bound for 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show

2013 Frankfurt Auto Show


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    BMW Concept X5 eDrive Picture

    BMW Concept X5 eDrive. | August 22, 2013

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2013 Frankfurt Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • The BMW Concept X5 eDrive, an all-wheel-drive premium plug-in hybrid, will make its formal debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show.
  • BMW is not saying whether the Concept X5 eDrive is bound for production, but if it does get the green light, it will be one of the first premium plug-in hybrid SUVs on the market.
  • The concept returns the U.S. equivalent of 62 mpg and can travel up to 19 miles on electric power alone.

FRANKFURT, Germany — The BMW Concept X5 eDrive, an all-wheel-drive premium plug-in hybrid, will make its formal debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show.

BMW is not saying whether the Concept X5 eDrive is bound for production, but if it does get the green light, it will be one of the first premium plug-in hybrid SUVs on the market.

The concept returns the U.S. equivalent of 62 mpg and can travel up to 19 miles on electric power alone. In comparison, the conventional 2014 BMW X5 sDrive35i returns 19 mpg in city driving and 27 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA. The 2013 Lexus RX 450h hybrid, an X5 competitor without plug-in capability, returns 32 mpg in city driving and 28 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.

The unveiling of the Concept X5 eDrive on Thursday is a significant one, signaling that BMW is pursuing a strategy similar to other premium German manufacturers, including Porsche. Earlier this year, Porsche said it is planning plug-in hybrid versions of every major model.

The BMW Concept X5 eDrive's powertrain consists of a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a 95-horsepower electric motor and a lithium-ion battery. BMW says the SUV can be charged from any domestic power socket. The concept sprints from zero-62 mph in under 7.0 seconds, according to BMW.

"The high-voltage battery developed for the BMW Concept X5 eDrive is mounted in a particularly crash-safe position underneath the load area," the company said.

The concept has three driving modes: the intelligent hybrid drive option for what BMW calls "an optimum balance between sportiness and efficiency"; pure electric, and Safe Battery mode. Safe Battery mode allows the battery's energy capacity to be maintained — for example, if the driver wants to cover the final stretch of a longer journey on purely electric power.

The concept gets special roof rails, a connector for the charging cable that lights up during charging and 21-inch alloy wheels.

BMW promises that the concept will deliver the "typical qualities" of an SUV, including stability in all weather and road conditions.

Edmunds says: A BMW X5 plug-in hybrid would be just the ticket for consumers who demand space, utility, a premium image and smaller bills at the pump.

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