As more car makers continue to jump on the hybrid propulsion bandwagon, BMW fields the latest variants of its X5 and X6 Sport Activity Vehicles, the X5 xDrive40d and X6 xDrive40d with mild hybrid technology.
Both luxury SUVs (or SAVs) are powered by an inline-6 cylinder 3.0L diesel with two-stage turbocharging putting out 335bhp and 516lb-ft of torque. These figures are supplemented by an 11bhp electric motor that gives added punch, useful when more power is called upon.
According to the Bavarian car maker, the new engines are meant to provide added performance to the luxury SUVs without sacrificing fuel efficiency. The mild hybrid system ensures that owners will get the benefits of both driving pleasure and green motoring.
In addition, BMW’s move to add these new variants to its lineups are in line with making more potent offerings minus the use of large and more expensive power trains. Reports have surfaced that the larger engines in the X5 M50d variant, which are likewise used in other BMW model lines, could be put to pasture real soon. This is due to the rather complicated nature and high cost of production.
The new BMW X5 and X6 xDrive40d models will be on sale in Europe beginning this May.