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BMW Concept X5 eDrive Debut

Plugging in goes mainstream.

What's New

After developing the i3 and i8 electric cars, BMW is now making a plug-in hybrid version of the popular X5. This all-wheel drive model features a 245-horsepower four-cylinder gas engine paired with a 95-horsepower electric motor. Put this together and you have a high-performance yet fuel-efficient SUV. Drivers are able to travel on pure electricity for up to 20 miles before the gas engine helps out. At the same time, this SUV is capable of sprinting to 60 mph in under 7 seconds, not bad for a plug-in car.

Another plus on this vehicle is that its high-voltage lithium-ion battery is located underneath the luggage compartment, so that it doesn't take up any unnecessary cargo space. We expect the X5 to offer a surprising amount of utility and practicality to the luxury midsize crossover segment.

Who It's For

Plug-in cars still make up a very small portion of the market, so we don't expect this car to achieve extremely high volumes should it go into production. Given the car's intriguing mix of performance and fuel economy, we aren't quite sure who exactly will go for this model. It may end up appealing to a very niche group of buyers.

What we do know is that the BMW X5 eDrive will appeal to the luxury-minded. Exclusive white leather upholstery, piano black trim, and light blue double-felled seams give the car a premium feel. We expect this car to feature premium safety and convenience technologies, which will appeal to many BMW buyers.

Key Features

Take a look at what the BMW Concept X5 eDrive has to offer.
  • BMW ConnectedDrive that shows electricity usage, location of nearest charging stations
  • Multiple drive modes: Comfort, Sport, and Eco Pro, along with modes that prompt car to drive solely on electricity or gas
  • Signature BMW i Blue color on kidney grille bars, air intake bars, and rear bumper insert
  • 21-inch alloy wheels

What We Think

We haven't always liked BMW's hybrid car introductions. Often, we find that they offer high performance but disappoint in fuel economy. Until we actually drive the car and get the final fuel economy figures, we can't make a final judgment. But we think BMW is taking the right step in offering plug-in hybrid technology on mainstream models like the X5. We will be curious to drive this model, even if it takes a long time to come to production.

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