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Electric News: 2017 BMW X3 to Feature Plug-In Hybrid Drivetrain

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Pictured: 2015 BMW X3

Back in 2013, Popular Mechanics named the BMW X3 crossover SUV one of the “Great Cars for New Families.” The title was an acknowledgement of what the model has become known as–a safe, practical vehicle that’s a lot of fun to drive. Essentially, it’s sporty without being frivolous. It’s no surprise then that BMW has more practical plans on the way for the X3.

Having just hybridized the X5 xDrive40e with a plug-in electric option, BMW is supposedly planning on releasing a plug-in hybrid version of the X3 crossover for the 2017 model year.

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BMW Planning Hybrid and M Performance Versions of X3?

The next generation of the BMW X3 is on its way. Codenamed “G01,” the crossover will be built off a fresh platform–though that won’t affect the exterior design very much. Basically, it means a taller front end with longer headlights, plus a bigger cabin.

What will probably change are the drivetrains being offered. A probable plug-in hybrid variant, according to Australian publication Motoring, is being developed for the crossover, which will be able to reach a 30+ mile electric-only range. That 67kW electric motor would be in addition to the gasoline engine.

That’s not the most exciting news. Another claim circulating is that an M-Performance variation of the X3 is also planned, tentatively named the X3 M40i. If a 3.0-liter turbocharger than can reach 255kW-plus sounds like a dream to you, it might be turning into reality. There might even be a BMW X3 M borrowing the M3/M4’s engine, according to European reports.

The first people to own the new X3 will be in Europe, as the crossover will go on sale there in the later half of 2016. Perhaps we’ll see it at the next Paris Motor Show.

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News Source: Motoring