The 2015 BMW X5 eDrive Plug-In Hybrid concept was unveiled at the 2013 Auto Show in Frankfurt. Recently, a prototype model was spotted on the streets which slightly differs from the PHEV concept.
Design of 2015 BMW X5 eDrive Plug-In Hybrid
What is interesting is that BMW said that the concept was created just to test some new ideas and that is unlikely it will ever go into production. But here it is. The prototype was spotted during testing. You can see it in the image below.
As you can see, this model does not differ significantly from the regular BMW X5 models with petrol engines. If there was no label “Hybrid Test Vehicle” and cover that hides the charging port next to the left front wheel, someone could easily think that this is a standard vehicle. What makes it different from the concept shown last year at the Frankfurt Auto Show, is the lack of blue-tinted pieces found on the grille, front and rear bumpers, and on the charging slot.
Practically, not much has been changed from the outside. It does not even have the “Hybrid” nor “eDrive” badge on the back. But you have to admit that the 2015 BMW X5 eDrive PHEV looks really aggressive and powerful. Wheels are also different, but I hope that the automaker will bring back those alloy wheels that were placed on the concept model (photo below).
Engine, Specs, Performance
I expect the final production model to has similar performance as the 2015 BMW X5 eDrive Plug-In Hybrid concept introduced last year. This concept was equipped with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine combined with a 70 kW electric motor that could produce 95 horsepower. It gets its energy from a Li-ion battery pack. I am not sure about the output of the gasoline engine, but I found the information that the same kind of engine tested on different models can produce about 240 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque.
The German automaker stated that the concept can reach the maximum speed of 130 mph (~210 km/h) on gasoline engine, and about 75 mph (~120 km/h) on electric motor only. In an all-electric driving mode it can travel up to 19 miles (~30 kilometers). The SUV can sprint from 0-62 mph (~100 km/h) in just 6.9 seconds. It is rated at 74.3 mpg combined in the European test cycle, which is about 50 mpg by the EPA standards. Also worth mentioning is the emission of CO2 gases, which is less than 90 g/km.
Remember, these are speculations. When the production version of the 2015 BMW X5 eDrive Plug-In Hybrid shows up, we can expect similar performance. Until official details are not unveiled, at least we have some insight.
New X5 eDrive Release Date
The 2015 BMW X5 eDrive Plug-In Hybrid should go into production in 2015. It will probably be on sale during the same year. There is little chance for this model to enter the production by the end of this year, but I don’t think so. BMW will surely want to first deal with their i3 and i8 electric models. Pricing, of course, is still unknown, but we could expect price to be in a range of the X5 xDrive35i model (it is currently priced at $56,025).
In this gallery you can see several spy shots of the black-colored model taken during its testing on the streets. You can also see many photos taken at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show, as well as several promotional images.
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