Continuing its drive to greater electrification of its vehicles, BMW will introduce a plug-in hybrid concept variant of its X5 luxury SUV next week at the New York International Auto Show.
Called the Concept X5 eDrive, it is said to represent the logical next step towards bringing about a radical reduction in fuel consumption and emissions in the SUV segment.
The eDrive's powertrain comprises a 245-horsepower, twin-turbo, four-cylinder gasoline engine and a 95-horsepower electric motor, developed by BMW. Energy to power the motor is stored in a lithium-ion battery pack beneath the rear load floor.
BMW says the vehicle can travel up to 30 kilometres on electric power alone and that it is capable of reaching 120 km/h on electric power.
Fuel consumption is said to be less than 3.8 L/100 km in the EU test cycle – well into Toyota Prius territory.
Three driving modes can be selected: intelligent hybrid drive (AUTO eDrive), which optimizes the relationship between sportiness and efficiency; pure electric drive (MAX eDrive); and SAVE Battery to maintain the current charge level.
Given that the concept vehicle appears also to be a fully developed engineering prototype, it is highly probable that a production model is not far behind.