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BMW Concept X5 eDrive: Frankfurt Auto Show

author photo by Doug DeMuro September 2013

What Is It?

The BMW Concept X5 eDrive is a plug-in hybrid version of BMW's popular X5 luxury crossover. Based on the all-new, third-generation X5, the Concept X5 eDrive mates a 95-horsepower electric motor to a turbocharged 4-cylinder powerplant. The result is an electric-only top speed of 75 miles per hour and a fully electric range of around 19 miles on a single charge. BMW also says 0-to-60 miles per hour will come in under seven seconds. While the automaker says its X5 eDrive is officially a concept car, the model is expected to reach production with few tweaks from the concept.

How Much?

Prices haven't been announced, but based on competitors, we'd expect to see the X5 eDrive start in the upper-$50,000 range.

When Can You Get It?

We'd expect a production version late next year or early in 2015.

Add It to Your Shopping List Because...

If you're looking to combine a luxury car with plug-in hybrid technology, the choices remain limited. That's especially true in the luxury SUV world, where the BMW Concept X5 eDrive would compete against the newly announced plug-in hybrid Range Rover -- and little else. Yes, it's true BMW's diesel-powered X5 xDrive35d might get similar gas mileage. But for drivers who want electric power, the upcoming plug-in hybrid X5 has few rivals.

Other Cars To Consider

Audi Q5 Hybrid -- Audi's Q5 Hybrid is a size smaller than the X5, but it remains one of the few available choices for drivers who want a hybrid SUV. Like most rivals, the Q5 Hybrid isn't a plug-in but just a standard gas-powered hybrid vehicle.

BMW X5 xDrive35d -- The diesel-powered X5 is certainly another option for shoppers who want a fuel-efficient X5 without waiting. Gas mileage is rated at 19 miles per gallon city/26 mpg hwy, which is a strong figure for a luxury SUV.

Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid -- It's not a plug-in hybrid, but the Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid comes close to the X5 in many ways. The biggest is performance, as the Cayenne and X5 stand out among luxury SUVs for their on-road handling prowess.

Range Rover Plug-In Hybrid -- Although the plug-in Range Rover is not yet on sale, the upcoming model will give the X5 a run for its money. While the Range Rover can't match the BMW's 19-mile range, it offers a torquey diesel engine and famous Range Rover panache.

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