BMW X5 eDrive concept will spawn production variant
BMW Concept X5 eDrive 22.08.2013
Could be out in 2015
BMW has revealed plans to launch a production version of the X5 eDrive concept plug-in hybrid.
The company’s head of production line for large vehicles, Peter Wolf, told Motoring.com.au the X5 eDrive will receive a production version but he didn’t provide an exact timetable. He did say it won’t happen in 2014 so chances are this could occur sometime in 2015 or 2016.
The only problem left to fix concerns the battery packaging which affects all future plug-in hybrid cars. BMW has reiterated its objective to have a plug-in hybrid model for each model family as part of the firm’s EfficientDynamics strategy. They already have full hybrid versions of the 3-, 5- and 7-Series, along with the recently introduced i3 and i8 models.
As a reminder, the BMW X5 eDrive concept makes use of a 4-cylinder TwinPower Turbo engine, an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack. The all-wheel drive concept will do 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in less than 7 seconds and can return 61.8 mpg (74.3 mpg UK or 3.8 liters / 100 km) with CO2 emissions of less than 90 g/km. It can run solely on electric power for up to 19 miles (30 km) during which it can achieve a top speed of 75 mph (120 km/h).