Back in September, BMW unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) the Concept X5 eDrive. For the 2014 New York International Auto Show, BMW came back with an updated version of the Concept X5 eDrive that previews the hybrid version of the X5. The new concept car uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo petrol engine that generates 245 hp (180 kW) as well as an electric motor that delivers an extra 95 hp (70 kW) and 250 Newton metres (184 lb-ft).
As a result, the hybrid system develops 340 hp and can push the vehicle from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.0 seconds. The high-voltage battery developed for the BMW Concept X5 eDrive is located underneath the luggage compartment and can power the vehicle for up to 20 miles or 30 km and at speeds of up to 75 mph or 120 km/h.
Just like any other hybrid vehicle, the concept offers three driving modes: the Auto eDrive, which uses both the petrol engine and the electric motor; Max eDrive. which uses just the electric motor and electricity sourced from the lithium-ion battery; Save Battery, which uses just the petrol engine and maintain the current charge level of the battery.
In terms of design, the BMW Concept X5 eDrive comes with the the BMW I Blue colour on the kidney grille bars, air intake bars and the insert in the rear bumper, while the rest of the vehicle is finished in Silverflake metallic. Body-coloured wheel arches, styled roof rails as well as 21-inch light-alloy whels in a streamlight design complete the looks of the concept.
The connector for the charging cable is located on the left front fender and just like on the other BMW I models, it lights up during charging. Inside, we find Ivory White leather upholstery, a Piano Finish Black trim with blue accent strips, as well as ‘eDrive lettering’ embossed in the front of the headrests.
Moreover, the interior shows ambient lighting with a blue hue, while the eDrive button is also illuminated in blue. In the luggage compartment lined in black velour, a transparent cover – again illuminated in blue – affords a clear view of the high-voltage battery for the electric motor.
Just like in other BMW’s present offerings, the BMW Concept X5 eDrive comes with a Driving Experience Control switch that could be used to pick from three different driving modes: Comfort, Sport and Eco Pro. Eco Pro mode, in particular, encourages an economical driving style as it is programmed for highly intelligent hybrid functionality in which the interaction between engine and electric drive is controlled by the energy management system according to the driving situation to optimize efficiency. Furthermore, a hybrid-specific Proactive Driving Assistant is included as another component of the BMW EfficientDynamics technology. This system, along with navigation system, makes it possible to factor in the speed limits, the route profile, and the traffic situation for drive management.
Interestingly, the all-electric driving mode could optionally be switched from AUTO eDrive to the MAX eDrive setting with just a single push of a button. With a fully charged battery, the BMW Concept X5 eDrive could travel up to 30 km (around 20 miles) in all-electric zero-emission mode. The BMW Concept X5 eDrive also features a SAVE Battery mode that could preserve the battery's energy capacity. For instance, a driver could complete the final stretch of a very long trip in all-electric mode.
To take full advantage of the excellent efficiency of its electrified powertrain, the BMW Concept X5 eDrive is developed as a plug-in hybrid, thereby allowing customers to replenish the energy levels of its high-voltage battery from a public high-speed charging station, any domestic power socket or a special Wallbox. BMW designed the Wallbox Pro to be installed in customer's garage and be easy to use. With a maximum charging rate of 7.4 kW, the Wallbox Pro offers short battery recharging times, with the LED strips helping indicate the charge status. The Wallbox Pro could be controlled through a high-resolution touchscreen that includes proximity sensor.