When it comes to plug-in vehicles from BMW most attention were delivered to i3 and i8 but latest reports and images that we have received suggest that the 2015 BMW X5 PHEV will be delivered pretty soon. Official presentation of this model will most likely happen at the New York Auto Show that starts in the next few days.
At this year show we will be able to see this model but also the X3 version with diesel engine. Both have the goal to significantly reduce fuel consumption and level of CO2 emissions. We know that the X3 model sales will start in the next few months while the X5 that will be presented here is only the concept version but according to details that we have about it seems that it is a pretty production ready version and that there will be no major changes when it comes to the market.
Since the plug-in hybrid we are talking about in this article was spotted in few spy shots during testing and that it was officially presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show last fall we can assume that it could be launched pretty soon. With testing phase coming close to the end it is expected that in the next few months we see the final version, if not even earlier, and that the sales will start before the end of this year or at the beginning of the next.
Specs Of 2015 BMW X5 PHEV Concept
Under the hood of 2015 BMW X5 PHEV we are getting 2.0 liter inline four cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine that produces 245 hp and is mated to the 95 hp electric motor. Max power of this system has not been announced but the acceleration from 0 to 60 will be done in less than seven seconds which is quite good time especially for a vehicle of this size.
With the electric motor that delivers 95 hp you will be able to cruise using only electric power that is supplied from battery pack. In this mode you will be able to travel up to 75 mph and will have range of about 20 miles, depending on the traffic conditions and drive mode. From the company we could hear that this model can reach up to 62 miles per gallon but these are figures that are offered from European test cycle that usually gives higher rating. That the figure provided for the hybrid is exaggerated we can see when comparing it with a diesel version that is able to return 26 mpg.
2015 BMW X5 PHEV Concept Review
There are five drive modes available from hybrid X5 and every driver will be able to choose between standard Comfort, Sport and Eco Pro modes but additional two modes are also available. Max eDrive will allow you to drive on electric power only and the Save battery mode that will maintain the level of battery charge for later and allow you to use it when you need it.
When we compare this 2015 BMW X5 PHEV and the standard X5 model there are only small changes that are mostly related to the few details that are finished with characteristic BMW i Blue color. Among other notable features there will be large 21 inch alloy wheels, body colored wheel arches, special roof rails, charging port light and similar.