Back in September, BMW unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) the new Concept X5 eDrive, a vehicle that previewed the hybrid version of the all-new 2014 BMW X5 (F15). The concept car combined the BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system with the innovative BMW plug-in hybrid system.
Today, BMW announced plans to offer a plug-in hybrid version of the X5 but also released the first official photos with the X5 eDrive. Just like the concept version, the X5 eDrive is expected to use a 2.0-liter four-cylinder combustion engine paired with an electric motor that delivers 95 hp (70 kW) that gets its power from a high-voltage lithium-ion battery.
As expected, the battery can be charged from any domestic power socket and offers an electric-only range of 19 miles or 30 km.
Moreover, the X5 eDrive has a top speed of 75 mph or 120 km/h using just the electricity from the battery. Using both the combustion engine and the electric motor, the BMW X5 eDrive hits 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than seven seconds and has a fuel consumption of just 3.8 l/100 km or 74 mpg imp, while CO2 emissions are just 90 grams per kilometer.
According to the official press release, the BMW eDrive technology with the intelligent BMW xDrive all-wheel-drive system, are perfectly synchronized: the drive torque from the electric motor, the four-cylinder petrol engine or both power sources operating in tandem can be split in a variable ratio between the front and rear wheels. The split is automatically controlled to provide superior traction, optimal stability and highest standards of agility and performance under all conditions.