At the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany next month, BMW will unveil its latest concept car, which aims to combine the versatility and driving experience of a luxury SUV with the efficiency of a plug-in hybrid. The BMW Concept X5 eDrive is based on the next-generation X5 SUV and is the automaker's first foray into marrying its intelligent all-wheel-drive system with its hybrid electric technology.
The X5 eDrive has a twin-turbo four-cylinder gas engine and an electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery, chargeable from any domestic power socket and good for 95 horsepower, a zero-to-60 mph time of less than 7 seconds and a top speed of 75 mph. The concept can travel up to 19 electric-only miles and gets an estimated 74.3 mpg on the European test cycle.
The BMW-developed battery is mounted in a crash-safe position underneath the cargo area, the capacity of which is only slightly reduced as a result, the automaker stated. Drivers have the choice of three modes: Intelligent Hybrid Drive, balancing sportiness and efficiency; Pure Electric; and Safe Battery mode to maintain the current battery charge.
Outside, visual accents include specially created BMW i Blue-colored kidney grille slats, air intake bars and rear-bumper inlay, contrasting the Silverflake metallic exterior paint. The concept also boasts specially designed roof rails, a connector for the charging cable that lights up during charging and 21-inch light-alloy wheels in an exclusive "aerodynamically optimized" design, BMW stated.
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