BMW X8 M45e may be hybridJune 9, 2020
This is not the first time we have heard about the BMW high-performance hybrid model.
BMW X7 is one of the newest models of the automaker – a “cherry on the cake” of the expansive line of crossovers and SUVs. But since its debut in 2017, rumors have surfaced of an even more luxurious model called the X8. BMW has not even officially announced plans for the X8, but rumors of high-performance M models continue to appear on the Web: BMWBlog recently announced that it is expected a hybrid high-performance model X8 M45e.
According to the publication, the hybrid X8 will use the power plant that BMW uses in the 745e: BMW’s 3.0-liter in-line six-cylinder turbocharged engine. In the 7-Series, this engine, combined with an electric motor, produces 394 horsepower and a torque of 600 Nm, and is combined with an 8-speed gearbox in the sedan. There is a high probability that BMW will reconfigure the engine to increase power in a larger SUV.
This is not the first time that we hear about the hybrid version of M Performance for the X8 – information about such a model surfaced in November last year. Intensified conversations are trademark registration for the X8 M, which occurred in March. According to preliminary data, the SUV will have a unique design that will look more like a traditional SUV than other X models with an even number, similar to a coupe. It is also rumored that the high-performance X8 M may have its own platform.
It is expected that the BMW X8 will debut at the end of this year in conceptual form, but even if this happens, you should not expect it to go on sale before the end of 2021. Conflicting rumors make it difficult to determine the intentions of BMW itself, and the absence of any test cars suggests that everything is much more complicated and more expensive than we think.
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