BMW announced in an April 10 press release its plans to unveil an all-new BMW X5 eDrive hybrid concept at the 2014 New York International Auto Show.
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Those familiar with the nomenclature will know that this is a quite a treat: the marrying of BMW’s xDrive four-wheel-drive system with the marque’s electric drive system, all rolled into the already-familiar luxury X5 model. The concept will feature all of the standard amenities of the BMW X5 for sale, such as leather interior trim, but now with a plug-in hybrid system that will dramatically cut fuel consumption.
(See also: Introducing the BMW Concept5 X5 eDrive)
In addition to the conventional combustion engine working with the electric system, eDrive will also allow the car to drive on fully electric power for approximately 20 miles at speeds of up to 75 mph, raising average fuel consumption figures up to 74.3 mpg.
Never before has the eDrive system been mated with the xDrive system. BMW boasts superior all-around driving capabilities, regardless of the power source. All moves made in the name of greater efficiency, it is certain: BMW is stepping in the right direction by creating a fuel-efficient vehicle without sacrificing any of the performance utilities.