BMW is looking highly charged in Frankfurt this year. Its first production EV, the i3, is taking center stage, but the boys from Bavaria have plans to electrify other segments of their product line, and this new concept vehicle might be a preview of things to come.
The Concept X5 eDrive (not an SUV, mind you, but an SAV, or Sports Activity Vehicle) combines BMW’s xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain. The xDrive system provides electronically controlled and fully variable distribution of drive between its front and rear wheels. Regardless of the driving mode selected, the power generated by the motor and/or engine is channelled to the wheels where it can be used most efficiently.
A four-cylinder TwinPower Turbo engine and a BMW-built 70 kW electric motor give the X5 a 19-mile electric range, a top speed of 75 mph, a 0-60 sprint under 7 seconds, and average fuel consumption on the EU test cycle of 3.8 liters per 100 km (74.3 mpg imp).
The battery is mounted underneath the load area, and BMW assures us that the car’s overall load-carrying capacity is only slightly reduced – there’s room for five seats and four golf bags.