Monday, 23 December 2013

Scoop: BMW X5 Plug-in Hybrid Goes from Concept to Reality

You're looking at a rolling prototype of the BMW Concept X5 eDrive plug-in-hybrid that the Bavarian automaker first showed at the Frankfurt motor show this past September.

At the time, BMW officials would not say if the car was destined for production, but inside sources had hinted that it could go on sale within the next two years with the same powertrain to be used on other models as well, including the 5-Series.

This prototype lacks the concept's specially designed aerodynamic kit and alloy wheels, but does include the plug-in adaptor door on the front fender.

In concept form, BMW had revealed that the X5 eDrive featured an unspecified 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine paired to a 94hp (95PS) electric motor, backed up by a lithium-ion battery mounted under the boot floor that offered a pure electric drive range of 30 kilometers (19 miles) at speeds of up to 120 km/h (75mph).

According to the manufacturer, the X5 eDrive returns an estimated combined fuel consumption of 3.8 liters per 100 kilometers (74.3 mpg UK / 61.9 mpg US) and CO2 emissions of 90 g/km, while completing the standard sprint to 100km/h (62mph) in less than 7 seconds.

Again, these are all preliminary numbers for the concept and will likely change when the car enters production.

Photo Credits: CarPix for CarScoopS



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