Report: BMW to produce X5 eDrive, probably due in 2015 or 2016
BMW will apparently proceed with producing a production version of their X5 eDrive Concept, which is essentially an X5 with a plug-in hybrid powertrain.
After speaking with BMW’s head of production for large vehicles, Peter Wolf, Australia’s Motoring.com learned the X5 eDrive will be sold, most likely beginning in 2015 or 2016.
BMW is in the process of redesigning its battery packaging for its electrically assisted models, as part of the brand’s EfficientDynamics marketing strategy. As of now, hybrid versions of the 3-, 5-, and 7-Series versions already exist, alongside the recently revealed i3 and i8 production models.
The X5 eDrive would most likely employ a TwinPower Turbocharged four-banger mated to an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery back. All-wheel drive will be standard, allowing for a 0-62 time of around seven seconds or less. The BMW X5 eDrive Concept itself can travel on electric power only for up to 19 miles and can achieve up to 75 mph on without the help of the gas motor.