The 2014 Bmw X5 wants to take the fuel-efficiency to another level in the luxurious Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) segment and as a result the German manufacturer revealed its latest creation: ladies and gentlemen, this is the BMW Concept X5 eDrive. Set to make its debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, the new concept car is powered by a four-cylinder combustion engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, paired with an electric motor which delivers 95 hp (70 kW) that gets its energy from a high-voltage lithium-ion battery.
The battery can be charged from any domestic power socket and offers en electric-only range of 30 kilometres or 19 miles. Moreover, the X5 eDrive has a top speed of 120 km/h or 75 mph using just electricity.
The high-voltage battery is mounted underneath the load area and this means that the X5 will offer the same space as the standard version. Just like any other hybrid vehicle, the X5 eDrive will offer three driving modes: the intelligent hybrid drive option balanced between sportiness and efficiency, pure electric or Save Battery mode to maintain the current battery charge.
Average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle is 3.8 litres per 100 km (74.3 mpg imp). Bmw Concept X5 eDrive also offers ECO PRO mode, which is activated using the Driving Experience Control switch and encourages a particularly efficient driving style. In terms of design, the Concept X5 eDrive comes with kidney grille slats, air intake bars and inlay in the rear bumper painted in Bmw I Blue colour developed for the Bmw i brand. Specially designed roof rails are also seen as well as a connection for the charging cable that lights up during charging and 21-inch alloy wheels in an aerodynamically optimized design.
BMW’s X5 eDrive Concept was created as a plug-in hybrid vehicle in order to widely utilize its electric powertrain and make way for extra efficiency.
You have the option to recharge the X5’s high-voltage battery from any ordinary household power socket, from a Wallbox that offers stronger currents, or from a public charging station, thanks mainly to the charging cable you can find in the load area located beneath the flat storage compartment. This allows drivers a great degree of flexibility when choosing a charging point.
Meanwhile, the car’s battery unit can be found a level lower, which means that its overall load capacity is reduced only slightly. The boot, on the other hand, has space to accommodate two huge suitcases or four golf bags. The SAV retained its variability, thanks partly to the 40:20:40 split/folding backrest at the rear seat. All its five seats offer generous space and comfort levels, even on long drives.
BMW X5 eDrive Concept drivers are able to maximize the number of trips they can complete on pure electric power through innovative BMW ConnectedDrive functions. For instance, the available electric range is presented as numerical value. The dynamic range display of the car uses intelligent connectivity in order to monitor all the factors that affect range, including traffic conditions, driving style, and route profile.
When the car’s route guidance function gets activated, public charging station locations are included in the navigation map’s points of interest. This allows you to call up stations that are located along your route, with the system also letting you know how much time your battery needs to fully recharge.