The X5 is one of the well known names when we talk about fuel efficient SUVs but BMW knew it could do even better and so, they have introduced a new hybrid concept based on the X5 which is claimed to raise efficiency to a whole new level.
Dubbed BMW Concept X5 eDrive, the car not only comes with a hybrid drivetrain but also equips BMW’s X-Drive Intelligent all-wheel-drive system, meaning it will be ultra efficient even while using all the four wheels. The hybrid drivetrain comprises of an internal combustion engine and BMW eDrive technology, Majority of the power comes from the four cylinder, BMW TwinPower Turbo technology petrol engine that produces 245 hp or 180 kW while an additional 95 hp or 70 kW is offered by an electric motor.
The torque output of the electric motor is 250 Nm and offers a top speed of 75 mph. With the engine and motor working in unison, the X5 eDrive registers a 0 to 62 mph sprint time of just 7.0 seconds, which is great for a car of this size. On all electric mode, the concept can cover up to 30 km. The power to the electric motor comes from a lithium-ion battery which can be conveniently charged from any domestic socket.
With the innovative drivetrain, the Concept X5 eDrive returns close to 74.3 mpg on a combined cycle.
Design wise, the X5 is quite similar to its counterparts, however BMW has added several touches to the exterior as well as the interior to underline the car’s hybrid character. BMW has used the BMW i Blue color for the air intake bars, rear bumper inserts and kidney grille bars and in contrast to that is a Silverflake metallic exterior paintwork. Other exterior highlights include specially styled roof rails, body-colored wheel arches, 21-inch alloy wheels and more. On the inside the car gets Piano Finish Black trim featuring blue accent strips, blue hue ambient lighting, blue lit eDrive button, eDrive lettering etc.
The car also features Driving Experience Control switch which not only lets the drive select his desired drive settings (COMFORT or SPORT) but also the ECO PRO mode which encourages the driver to drive more efficiently.