Among the many global debuts at the BMW booth at the Frankfurt Motor Show this morning, the X5 eDrive ventured in with an estimated 74.3 mpg on the European test cycle.
Demonstrating its capacity to sell SUVs with a green edge, the Bavarian automaker is showing off a concept version of its popular X5 with a turbocharged four cylinder engine and a 95-hp plug-in hybrid drivetrain. In total, the system offers 270 hp. It can run exclusively on electric power for up to 19 miles and reaches a top speed of 75 mph without burning gas.
Power is sent to all four wheels using BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system, and the sprint to 100 km/h (62 mph) happens in under seven seconds. This is also the first BMW plug-in hybrid with permanent all-wheel drive. All of that combines to make the concept a more than passible option for people who want the size and style of the large German SUV without its fuel addiction.
If the powertrain sounds familiar, it’s because this concept shares properties with the Concept Active Tourer; the only other eDrive model to date.
Special styling changes to the car include “i Blue” kidney grilles, custom 21-inch wheels and a bespoke set of roof rails. The connector port also lights up during charging in similar fashion to the Tesla Model S. You can charge the car using a conventional wall outlet, dedicated home charger or commercial quick charger.
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