By the looks of things, the future of motoring appears to involve more plugging in. BMW seems to see things that way too, judging by the cars they will be showing at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. For this year's show, they will be showing three pug-in hybrid models, one of which will make its world debut.
On display will be the 745e, X5 xDrive45e, and the world premiere of the second-generation plug-in 3 Series, the 330e.
The three all-new plug-in hybrids aim to blend the performance of their gas-engined counterparts, with the efficiency of a hybrid. In the 745e (and long-wheelbase 745Le), it uses a boosted 3.0-liter, inline-six engine, along with powerful batteries. The result is 394 PS and a whopping 600 Nm of torque to either its rear wheels or all four. It is also capable of driving on full electric power for up to 58 kilometers, and can return up to 47 kilometers per liter.
The X5 xDrive45e on the other hand has the same setup at the plug-in 7 Series. It too has 394 PS and 600 Nm of torque from its hybrid powertrain. Unlike the 745e, the X5 plug-in hybrid can go up to 80 kilometers on battery power alone. The X5 xDrive45e can also deliver up to 43 kilometers per liter.
As for the 330e, it doesn't have an inline-six under the hood. Instead, it has a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, again assisted by batteries. With the two working in conjunction, the 330e makes 252 PS although torque figures have yet to be released. What BMW did say is that the 330e can hit 100 km/h from a standstill in 6.0 seconds, yet can return almost 59 kilometers per liter. BMW claims its electric range at 60 kilometers.
While it is certain that BMW will be offering it in Western Europe and North America, the chances of it coming here are rather slim. However, should the tax incentive for hybrids here be even more favorable for automakers, it might be worth considering for BMW Philippines.