Spy Shots: BMW X3 ActiveHybrid spotted testing?
The only real visual difference on this CUV is the wheels which bear a strong resemblance to those found on the ActiveHybrid X6. There are no other real clues that this is a hybrid. If we go with the assumption that this is indeed a hybrid then what might we expect to find under the hood?
We're pretty sure that it won't be the two-mode system found in the X6 because BMW has hinted strongly that it won't be producing any other two-mode vehicles. Instead, it is almost certainly a derivative of the modular mild hybrid found in the ActiveHybrid 7. It could be either the 15 kilowatt mild version found in the 7 or perhaps the 40 kW strong-hybrid that was in the ActiveHybrid 5 concept shown at the Geneva Motor Show in March. If it is the stronger hybrid, BMW could also make this the first new model to get a four-cylinder engine in the U.S. in over a decade.
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