2013 IAA: BMW Concept X5 eDrive feels at home in Frankfurt [Live Photos]

Article by Christian A., on September 11, 2013

Fuel efficiency is the highlight of the BMW Concept X5 eDrive, which was introduced at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. The automaker aims to bring the fuel efficiency of the 2014 Bmw X5 to another level in the luxurious Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) segment. Powering the new concept car is a four-cylinder combustion engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, coupled with an electric motor that’s powered by a high-voltage lithium-ion battery and has an output of 95 hp (70 kW).

Any domestic power socket can be used to power the battery that provides an electric-only range of 30 kilometres or 19 miles. In addition, the X5 eDrive has a top speed of 120 km/h or 75 mph when employing only electricity. We can find the high-voltage battery under the load area.

Because of this, the X5 is as spacious as the standard version. Similar to other hybrid vehicles, the X5 eDrive is available in three driving modes. First is the intelligent hybrid drive option balanced between sportiness and efficiency. Then there’s pure electric and Save Battery mode. In the EU test cycle, it’s recorded to have an average fuel consumption of 3.8 litres per 100 km (74.3 mpg imp).

In addition, Bmw Concept X5 eDrive provides ECO PRO mode, which becomes activated with the use of the Driving Experience Control switch and ushers in a very efficient driving style. The Concept X5 eDrive is very stylish with kidney grille slats, air intake bars and inlay in the rear bumper that’s finished in Bmw I Blue colour made for the Bmw i brand. It also features specially designed roof rails, a connection for the charging cable that illuminates up during charging, and a set of 21-inch alloy wheels in an aerodynamically optimized design.

All-new BMW X5 eDrive Concept is created as a plug-in hybrid car in order to grant the additional effectivity of its electric powertrain to be used as broadly as possible. Its high-voltage battery can be re-energized from any local power socket, a Wallbox designed to offer more potent currents or a public charging station. The noteworthy level of versatility drivers can anticipate while choosing a charging point is improved by the charging cable situated in the load area beneath the flat storage compartment.

The battery unit is found a level lower still, which implies that the vehicle’s general load-carrying capacity is only somewhat lessened. The boot provides space for two huge suitcases or four 46-inch golf bags, and the SAV's high degree of changeability - thanks to its 40 : 20 : 40 split/folding rear seat backrest - is held, similar to the lavish levels of roominess and comfortability over long trips that it provides in every one of the five seats.

Intuitive connectivity for better productivity.

Ingenious functions from BMW ConnectedDrive enable drivers to optimize the quantity of trips they finish on electric power alone. For instance, in the BMW X5 eDrive Concept, the electric range available is displayed as a numerical value. The car's dynamic range display utilizes intuitive connectivity to watch out for every one of the elements influencing range like traffic conditions, route profile and driving style.

When the route guidance function is actuated, the location of public charging stations is included to the points of intrigue appearing on the navigation map. Drivers can phone stations situated along their route or at their destination, and the system additionally reveals to them the amount of charging time needed to completely top up the battery once again.

Topics: bmw, bmw x5, concept, iaa

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