BMW to unveil plug-in hybrid next month

Greenville NewsApril 12, 2014 


— BMW says it will roll out an X5 concept vehicle that is a plug-in hybrid at this month’s New York International Auto Show.

The automaker says the concept X5 combines a conventional combustion engine with a plug-in hybrid drive system, resulting in a sporty drive coupled with a significant reduction in fuel consumption.

The company says the vehicle is capable of driving on electric power alone at speeds of up to 75 mph and for a distance of up to 20 miles while recording average fuel consumption of more than 74.3 miles per gallon in the European Union test cycle.

The concept vehicle is equipped with a 245 hp four-cylinder turbo gasoline engine and a 95 hp electric motor. The electric motor is supplied power from a lithium-ion battery that can be charged from any domestic socket.

The concept X5 is among a number of vehicles the German company will unveil at the New York show.

The X4 sports activity coupe, the fourth model for BMW Manufacturing Co. in Greer, will make its debut there and go into production at the local assembly plant this spring.

It is one reason BMW Manufacturing Co. is undergoing a $900 million expansion project that will bring production capacity to 350,000 vehicles per year by the end of this year.

Last month, BMW announced a $1 billion expansion that would add the X7 sports activity vehicle to the lineup and raise production capacity to 450,000 vehicles by 2016.

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