A few hours after Range Rover announced the launch of its new hybrid models, BMW drops the first pictures and details of a hybrid version of the new X5. To be revealed as a concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the BMW X5 Plug-in Hybrid is capable of 74 US mpg.
That is far superior to Range Rover Hybrid’s 44 mpg, but then BMW has been working on hybrid powertrain for many many years. They even have a sub-brand, the “i”, specializing in hybrid systems.
Unlike the Range Rovers that have a diesel-electric system, BMW X5 Plug-in Hybrid’s e-Drive unit consists of a four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine and an electric motor. Thanks to a bespoke version of the xDrive all-wheel-drive system, the hybrid X5 can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in under seven seconds and reach a top speed of 120. The car is also capable of 30 km (19 miles) of zero-emission, pure electric drive.
The key to the BMW X5 Plug-in Hybrid’s economy is not just the powertrain. The car is optimized to the last detail to be as efficient as possible. The body gets subtle aerodynamic changes, and the wheels are replaced with specially-designed 21-inch rims. Even the roof rails are revised.
Visually, you can tell this X5 is a hybrid because of its blue grilles and the blue lines on the front and rear bumpers, and also because of charging port in the front wing.