Do you remember the X5 eDrive Concept unveiled earlier this year at the Frankfurt Motor Show ? Back then, BMW said that it was just a design exercise, with no production plans for at least a few years. Today, however, our spy photographers caught a rather strange BMW X5 prototype testing.
What makes the X5 so weird is that it dons a "Hybrid Test Vehicle" logo on the front door and the same charging slot placed up front as the concept version. Other than that, we have no idea about what hybrid system the production version will use, but we expect to be something similar to the concept.
The concept was powered by turbocharged four-cylinder engine combined with a 95-horsepower electric motor that took its powered from an advanced Li-ion battery pack under the rear cargo tray area. This system netted the X5 a 0-to-60 mph sprint time of less than seven seconds. On electric drive the concept offered an autonomy of 19 miles, while the combined hybrid system delivered a fuel economy of about 3.8 liters per 100 kilometers (61.9 mpg).
Expect the BMW X5 Hybrid eDrive to arrive sometime in late 2014.
Click past the jump to read more about the BMW X5 Plugin Hybrid eDrive.