BMW X5 Hybrid Spied In South Carolina

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Originally published on EV Obsession.

A BMW X5 hybrid has been spotted with a distinctive-patterned test vehicle paint job. It was known to be a hybrid because of the presence of a hybrid emblem and an electrical receptacle for charging, which also makes it seem likely the BMW X5 will be a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV).

BMW intends to unveil the eDrive version of the X5 (the very first one at that) at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. According to BMWBlog, the hybrid version of the X5 will be very similar to the gasoline and diesel versions. It has a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and an electric motor. If production of this vehicle commences, it is likely to be available in the US next year, following the release of the BMW i3 and BMW i8 (which was also just recently spied testing) to become BMW’s third electric car. Below is one photo. For more, check out BMWBlog.

BMW X5 electric hybrid
BMW X5 Hybrid eDrive.

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4 thoughts on “BMW X5 Hybrid Spied In South Carolina

  • This is crazy…I have seen another smaller, similarly labelled BMW Hyrbrid crossover type vehicle out here in Ventura, CA several times and just snapped a few pics of it last week. After reading this article, I checked my pics and yup, there are 2 fuel caps on it…one on the front left fender and one on the rear quarter panel. My pics are just from next to it on the road, nothing fancy but capture the dual fuel supplies and the rear tail lights that look nothing like other BMWs.

    It’s also interesting how many displays are in front of the driver which is what actually prompted my to snap the pics…

  • That horrendous pic Kyle took appears to be the fugly i3….. Still makes me laugh they made it so ugly!!! (similar to the leaf…) it’s like they really don’t want people to buy them too much (and kill other car sales)- just the true ev nuts…. Thank goodness Tesla came along!!!

    • And sorry Kyle- didn’t mean that to knock on your pics- just the stupid styling- and it looks like your BMW i3 is the Rex version with the plug in the back (??)

      • *fuel cap not plug..?

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