2014 Paris Motor Show: BMW X5 eDrive Hybrid

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BMW’s “green fleet” was represented at the 2014 Paris Motor Show not only by the BMW i3 and i8, but also by the BMW X5 …

BMW’s “green fleet” was represented at the 2014 Paris Motor Show not only by the BMW i3 and i8, but also by the BMW X5 eDrive Hybrid. With just a few months before its market debut, the plug-in hybrid X5 continues its auto show circuit and lands in Paris.

The X5 xDrive40e is the first hybrid X5 to be offered and it was previewed last year at the Frankfurt Auto Show.

The plugin hybrid will featured a four-cylinder petrol engine with turbocharging technology which generates, along with an electric motor, an output of 200 kW (272 hp). The standard sprint to 100 km/h is achieved by the BMW X5 xDrive40e in less than 7.0 seconds. Up to 120 km/h of pure electric drive is possible thanks to the 70 kW electric motor.

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The seamless transition between electric, combined electric-petrol and pure petrol is remarkably smooth.

Visually, the plugin hybrid differs from the “regular X5″ mainly through an additional opening at the front left fender where the engineers placed a power connector for charging the high-voltage battery, which is housed in the rear of the vehicle.

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To manage battery capacity BMW has created three drive modes for the X5 eDrive, Intelligent Hybrid, Pure Electric, and Save Battery. It is the Save Battery mode that highlights how BMW expects the vehicle to be used. Going into Save Battery mode restricts the use of battery capacity – allowing for a reserve to complete a journey in pure electric mode inside a city core for example.

We had the unique opportunity to test drive the BMW X5 eDrive back in April.

[Photos: Bimmertoday]

10 responses to “2014 Paris Motor Show: BMW X5 eDrive Hybrid”

  1. CDspeed says:

    I hope those wheels make it to the production version.

  2. Freepat 75014 says:

    Question : Why are all Germans announcing, almost in the same time, their 1st PHEV SUVs with the exact same wrong 10KWH battery sizing and # 100 HP electric motor, that are both insufficient to provide a decent “all electric mode” that could allow you make all my # 50M local commutes consuming Zero Petrol, and since that represents 85% of my yearly mileage, saving 85% of Petrol instantly ?
    I delayed the replacement of my beloved BMW 530DA by several years already, saving €75K to wait for a good PHEV SUV with a good all electric mode, but nobody makes one. Why ? My preffered BMW brand announced last week at Paris motor show – where I went yesterday Sunday all day – the wonderfull new X6, better than all previous, …. but only with engines that within a few years will not allow an SUV to enter Paris core city center where I leave. Green party who won the townhall last election said SUVs that are not PHEV with enough range to cross Paris in all electric mode would not be allowed in.. Many other Capitals in Europe are on the same path and still no good PHEV SUV announced (except the Mitsubishi Highlander PHEV but that is too small for me and a bit too poor looking too). Hence why I want a good PHEV SUV means with a 20 to 30KWH battery, NOT 10, and 200 HP of electric motor(s) power.
    … And the X6 arrived like the X4 earlier this year only with petrol engines and no decent PHEVs. Why ?

    • Freepat 75014 says:

      Complement. I saw the X5 eDrive, and the great demo made by a very skilled BMW rep. I told my interest but saying I would never buy a model with only 10KWH battery pack, as this would require 2 x full charges per day to perform my local commutes all electric, means a good 3000 x cycles battery would only last 5 to 6 years, then would need to be replaced costing half of the new car cost…Means reselling value of such cars expected near ZERO in in few years… Un-acceptable.
      I asked the same question on Porsche booth, where they were launching the beautifull Cayenne eHybrid also with devil 10KWH pack and they had less skilled people understanding little on batteries and PHEVs who could just tell me they would have a 6 years warranty on their battery… No hazard. 5 years effective, counting the week ends and vacations not using the car should make # 6 years of calendar usage… Clerver Porsche ! But still the same result, a bad all electric more and a cheaty reselling value of all these 10KWH based PHEVs. And one more year lost….

    • Otto says:

      1st, the Liberals (Parti Socialiste) won the elections in Paris, not the Greens.
      2nd, why are you so much obsessed with battery capacity ? Full Electric mode range is what matters, and in case of the BMW eDrive it’s 20 miles which should be enough to cross the city.

    • mckillio says:

      Short answer, cost. Long answer, cost, weight, performance.

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