F15 BMW X5 eDrive concept: a plug-in hybrid for luxury SUV lovers

The new F15 BMW X5 isn’t even on sale yet and BMW has already unveiled a concept of a plug-in hybrid version.

The fetchingly named BMW X5 eDrive concept will debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. Under the familiar-looking bonnet lies a turbocharged 4-cylinder petrol engine of yet-to-be-revealed capacity and power. This is paired with a 70kW (95hp) electric motor that’s connected to a lithium-ion battery pack. Both motors are connected to an all-wheel drive system.

When the battery pack is fulled charged, either via the petrol engine, regenerative braking or mains power, the X5 eDrive can go up to 30km (19mi) and hit a top speed of 120km/h (75mph) on electric power alone. When the petrol and electric motors work together the X5 eDrive can race from 0 to 100km/h in 7 seconds flat.

Under the EU testing regime the X5 eDrive is said to consume 3.8L/100km and emit 90g/km of CO2. For context’s sake that’s slightly less than the considerably smaller and lighter Toyota Prius. The most efficient confirmed model in the F15 BMW X5 range, the rear-wheel drive xDrive 30d, can do the 0-100km/h sprint in 6.9 seconds, but drinks 6.2L/100km and emits 164g/km of CO2 in EU testing.

The battery pack sits underneath the boot floor and only slightly reduces trunk capacity.

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]