BMW twin-turbo diesel hybrid X5

Virtools Image Both hybrid technology and diesel engines are known for their fuel efficiency.  What if you took the two and combined them?  That’s exactly what BMW has done with the Vision EfficientDynamics Concept – basically a diesel hybrid X5.  Under the hood is a twin-turbo 2.0 liter 4 cylinder diesel engine that puts out 204 HP and 295 lb-ft of torque.  The electric motor from the hybrid system tacks on another 20 HP and 154 lb-ft of torque.  It doesn’t sound like this thing will have any trouble in the “get up and go” department.

Early estimates from BMW put efficiency in the 43.5 MPG range – wow.  That’s a phenomenal figure for a midsize SUV, and something that hasn’t been done before.  The hybrid diesel powertrain plays a large factor of course, and BMW tossed some solar panels up on the roof to help out.

No word on an ETA, or price.  But it is a BMW, it is a hybrid, and it is a diesel.  It will not be cheap.  But if you’ve got the coin to spend, this could be a fantastic vehicle to own.  All the style, power, and utility of an X5, with the gas mileage of a Civic Hybrid.

Published on February 26, 2008 in BMW,Concepts

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