In the United States, nearly 400,000 hybrid vehicles are sold each year. It’s a market that only continues to grow, and the demand for a better hybrid BMW grows with it. In 2020, though, many more customers may be satisfied thanks to the Hybrid X3.
Meet the X3 xDrive 30e
The BMW X3 is a fairly popular model. In fact, many studies suggest it’s the top selling model in the United States today. The X3 xDrive30e offers the same features that have made the X3 popular, but with a pretty amazing add-on: a battery back that is estimated to go 31 miles on a charge in the European market. That translates to a fuel savings of just under a gallon for every 62 miles you drive. Those numbers may change a bit for the American market, but it’s still a pretty solid range for a vehicle of this size.
As with the X3 that has been so popular, it will be a competitor in the compact SUV market. While many feared the upgrade to electric might compromise cargo space, that just isn’t the case. Instead, the battery pack for this model fits neatly under the rear seat, leaving plenty of cargo space for the entire family. In fact, other than the badge on the vehicle, it’s going to be a bit tough to tell this hybrid BMW from its more conventional counterpart.
BMW has suggested the hybrid X3 will come with a turbocharged 2.0-liter in-line four and 292 horsepower. Testing suggests it can move from zero to 62 mph in 6.5 seconds. All wheel drive is standard in this model. It also has an eight speed automatic transmission.
This model will be produced at BMW’s facility in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and it will certainly be a welcome addition to the hot hybrid market.