With six confirmed public debuts scheduled for the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show, BMW revealed one of the more interesting of the concepts - the BMW Concept X5 eDrive. Based on the BMW X5 SAV, the Concept5 eDrive uses a plug-in hybrid drivetrain.
It's the second vehicle to feature BMW's eDrive technology, following last year's Concept Active Tourer. BMW adds its xDrive all-wheel drive to this X5 which maintains its off-road capability and handling, not to forget fully variable distribution of drive between front and rear wheels.
At its heart beats a 4-cylinder TwinPower turbocharged gasoline engine, a 95bhp electric motor, and a lithium-ion battery pack. BMW has not yet anounced a combined top speed but when on electric mode, the X5 can do speeds of upto 120km/h and go for 30 km.
BMW says that the X5 eDrive can sprint from 0-100km/h in under 7 seconds, which is in fact at par with the diesel X5. BMW has added the ECO PRO mode helping the driver to use as little energy as possible, and it's paired with a hybrid-specific Proactive Driving Assistant, warning the driver of the upcoming route data, speed restrictions and traffic conditions. BMW has also included a hold mode letting drivers maintain electric charge for possible inner-city restrictions.
The thing about BMW is that if the concept looks anywhere close to the production version, it is highly that it'll be added to the line-up of cars manufactured, soon. We'll have more details about the car when it's displayed at the Frankfurt Motorshow. Till then, take a look at some of these pictures.