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.
BMW X models owe their distinctive looks to hallmark BMW design features as combined with commanding road presence and robustness as well as versatility. Now, the new BMW X5 – now in its third generation -- has been updated to don a modern twist to this design idiom.
For instance, the proportions of the new X5 are still defined by its longer wheelbase and a short front overhang as well as upright A-pillars and the short gap between the front axle and instrument panel. Clearly indicating that the new X5 is part of the BMW X model family are a number of design elements like the muscular BMW kidney grille, the twin circular headlights and front fog lamps as well as X-shaped contour lines on the front bumper.
Its kidney grille extends to the hallmark BMW twin circular headlights, which in turn stretch into the side panels. The top sections of these headlights are overlapped by LED accent lights while their light rings are leveled off at the bottom. These lights also feature sweeping chrome inserts.
Offered as optional are LED front fog lamps as well as Adaptive LED Headlights which are recognizable through the horizontal light sources in the light ring center. Xenon headlights are standard on the BMW X5 xDrive50i and BMW X5 M50d.
Meanwhile, the front apron of the new X5 features side air intakes on its outer edges, making the SAV seem wider and more solid in terms of stance. The new X5 also comes with stunning underbody protection elements as well as the so-called Air Curtains. These aerodynamic elements are essential vertical openings that guide air around the wheel arches to create a curtain of air over the wheels. The air then escapes through the Air Breathers located in the side panels.