BMW details the new X5 eDrive before New York debut
BMW joined hybrid SUV makers’ club with its X5 eDrive concept showcased in 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. In a few days, BMW will unveil an upgraded version of X5 eDrive at the 2014 New York Auto Show, and here are some official updates on the same.
New BMW X5 eDrive concept will house a 2.0 litre 4 cylinder twin turbo petrol engine paired with a 70kW electric motor. Combined power output maxes at 335.3 bhp with combustion engine pushing out 241.6 bhp and electric motor silently churning out 93.7 bhp. Powered by lithium-ion battery (LiB), speeds of upto 120 km/hr can be clocked without burning a drop of gasoline, while average range of upto 30 km is expected before battery drains out and engine turns itself on for recharging. Considering overall performance of upgraded X5 eDrive, 0-100 km/hr is recorded to be under 7 seconds.
BMW’s Driving Experience Control switch gives three driving modes: Auto eDrive (balanced performance & efficiency), Max eDrive (pure EV mode) and Save (battery, not environment). Fuel economy is at 3.8 l/100 km (EU test cycle).
Exterior persona is fairly revamped to augment sportiness with roof rails, aerodynamically optimised 21 inch alloys, and the like. Meanwhile, iBlue accents on silverflake metallic overlay creates BMW’s hybrid identity. Interiors are garnished in white leather with piano black trim and blue rhythm, where seats compliment blue lit cabin with blue stitching (lot of blues, yeah). Batteries are stashed beneath luggage compartment without costing much of storage volume.
Production plans for X5 eDrive is not disclosed yet, but word around suggests X5 plug-in hybrid to be made at BMW’s Spartanburg plant soon.