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340-HP BMW Concept X5 eDrive Plug-in Hybrid Coming to New York

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/10/2014 Alex Nishimoto

The BMW Concept X5 eDrive looked pretty much production-ready when it debuted in Frankfurt last year, and that will still be the case when the plug-in hybrid SUV is shown in New York next week. BMW previously didn't give us many details on the model's powertrain, even when we recently drove a prototype, but now we have all the deets on the electrified sport 'ute.

We knew that the X5 eDrive would be powered by a version of the brand's turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 plus an electric motor, and now we know that gasoline-fed engine is good for 245 hp, while the electric motor produces 95 hp for a combined 340 hp. The electric motor alone provides 184 lb-ft of instant torque. A lithium-ion battery pack below the cargo area stores energy for the electric motor, and can be charged through a conventional socket. On a full charge, the X5 eDrive can travel on electric power alone for up to 30 kilometers (roughly 20 miles) at speeds of around 75 mph. MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

The X5's electric drivetrain was developed in-house, and shares its eDrive technology with the BMW i3 and i8, though the German automaker notes that this is the first time the tech has been paired with its xDrive permanent all-wheel drive system. That system can vary torque distribution to the front and rear wheels depending on the mode selected. The electric motor and gas engine can work together or independently to deliver power where it's needed most, keeping the SUV's off-road capability intact. MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

The BMW Concept X5 eDrive will appear at the New York International Auto Show with minor changes next week. Until then, check out the concept in the gallery below.

Source: BMW

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