The second generation BMW X3 (codename: BMW F25) has been on sale since 2010. The third generation model (codename: G01) which is expected to go on sale in Europe in 2016, will be offered with hybrid and M variants, says a new report from Motoring.com.au. The electrified variant is said to pack a plug-in hybrid powertrain which would offer a pure-electric range of 50 km.
The company’s first production PHEV – the X5 xDrive40e was announced in March this year. The PHEV technology of the X3 can be expected to be borrowed from it. The electrified X5’s plug-in hybrid powertrain comprises a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 245 hp and 345 Nm of torque, and a 113-hp electric motor that draws energy from a 9.0kWh lithium ion battery pack. The system output is rated at 313 hp and 450 Nm.
As per the report, the plug-in hybrid powertrain is expected to have a combined output of 245 kW (328 hp), and consist of a 67 kW electric motor. The electric motor would be coupled possibly with a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine. For performance enthusiasts, the report suggests, there should also be a 3.0-litre turbocharged six-cylinder petrol engine-featuring M model. The M model, according to the report, should produce north of 255 kW (342 hp).
One of the reasons why BMW wouldn’t want to skip an electricified variant for the X3 is that it would lose out to its homeland rivals Audi and Mercedes-Benz which have aggressive plans for electrification of their entire range. Audi plans to have a PHEV version of its every model in the future, understandably, of the BMW X3-rivaling Q3 also. Mercedes announced in March this year that it will launch 10 PHEV models by 2017 – which would most likely include one for the GLC-Class too.