BMW readies hybrid X5 for New York Motor Show
For most people, the idea of a hybrid SUV doesn’t make any sense. After all, a hybrid sacrifices weight and power to burn less fuel, and rather lean on an electric motor for its propulsion. BMW has a different view, seeing as the Bavarian marque is readying the latest version of its eDrive X5 for the New York Motor Show.
According to BMW, the SUV is a perfect recipient for the hybrid technology, because it loads of space in which to hide the battery packs, a problem that has traditionally given a engineers headaches in other, more compact vehicles.
According to BMW, the eDrive X5 will scale back from a turbocharged 4,4-litre V8 and instead use a 183 kW 2,0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder, coupled with a 70 kW electric motor. The electric motor and battery pack will be able to power the X5 for up to 30 km and will also be able to operate at speeds of up 120 km/h without engaging the petrol engine.
Not much has been sacrificed for the BMW to wear the eDrive credentials, as it will still manage to dispatch the 0-100 km/h sprint in 7 seconds – quicker than the larger capacity 2,5-litre petrol X5, and marginally slower than the 3,0-litre diesel X5.
BMW has renewed its electric vehicle assault on the market with the launch of the i3 and i8, so we are expecting the hybrid X5 to make it to production, and possibly becoming a viable SUV, especially for the city commuter.
Pricing is still unknown, but more details should be released at the New York expo later this month.