[PHOTOS] 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show: BMW Unveils Its Concept X5 eDrive, With Specs, Ahead Of SUV Plug-in Hybrid's Debut In Germany Next Month

on August 22 2013 12:20 PM
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    BMW's Concept X5 eDrive, which will make an appearance at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month, boasts some surprising specs for a hybrid SUV. BMW
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    The BMW Concept X5 eDrive can be charged from a standard wall socket, although the company is coy about how long it would take to top the battery from a standard current. Like other plug-ins, a ballast would be available to serve a stronger current, for faster charging speed. BMW
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    The BMW Concept X5 eDrive features the blue trim of its new "i" range on the front spoiler and grille. BMW
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    BMW says its Concept X5 eDrive can drive 19 miles up to 75 mph on battery alone and boasts 74 MPGe. The gas-only miles per gallon was not disclosed, suggesting it's fairly standard for a new model in the SUV class. BMW
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    BMW says the Concept X5 eDrive would allow you defer using the battery power until you want to engage it. BMW
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With the 65th International Motor Show in Frankfurt a month away, automakers have been dribbling out their sneak peeks ahead of one of the world’s largest and most-watched auto expos, in a country that has basically become synonymous with modern high-quality vehicle engineering.

Playing for the home team, Muenchen-based Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (FRA:BMW) just unveiled details of its Concept X5 eDrive SUV, which is exactly what it sounds like: a newly designed, conceptual plug-in four-cylinder hybrid version of its X5. It boasts an exhaust-emission standard of less than 90 g/km, not great for a plug-in hybrid sedan but good for the SUV class.

The battery is in the back, so it takes up some luggage space. The eDrive system hooks up for the first time to BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system to distribute power efficiently between the car’s front and rear wheels. The vehicle also comes with all the “connected” bells and whistles showing up in new cars these days, including touch screens, wireless capability and the ability to check the car’s battery charge via a smartphone app. 

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