Is it possible to have the best of both worlds? According to BMW it is: because the company is aiming to offer vehicles that don't just offer better fuel economy, but that also offer more power too.
The latest example of this is the company's third generation BMW X5 Sports Activity Vehicle that comes with two diesel engine options: and will be followed by three more options in December.
From its launch, BMW will offer the X5 xDrive30d with a six cylinder line-up and a BMW X5 M50d M Performance with tri-turbo six cylinder in-line diesel. From December, they will be joined by a BMW X5 sDrive25d; a BMW X5 xDrive40d; and the BMW X5 xDrive25d.
Each vehicle will be compliant with the EU6 emission standards that don't come into effect until September next year and each diesel model will meet nitrogen oxide limits thanks to a close-coupled nitrogen oxide adsorber catalyst with SCR catalyst that features AdBlue injection.
Let's take a look at each vehicle:
- BMW X5 30d: Will include a 3.0litre engine and offers power of 190kW/258hp with maximum torque of 560Nm while delivering between 1,500 and 3,000rpm. It can race from 0-62mph in 6.9seconds and has average fuel economy of 38mpg, an improvement of 16 per cent, with CO2 emissions ranging from 162-164g/km.
- BMW X5 M50d: The M Performance Automobile comes with a 3.0litre six-diesel unit with maximum output of 280kW/381hp and maximum torque of 740Nm. It races from 0-62mph in 5.3seconds, has fuel consumption of 35mpg, an 11 per cent improvement; while CO2 emissions are 177g/km.
The December models meanwhile will boast the following figures:
- BMW X5 xDrive40d: 36.8mpg and CO2 emissions of 169g/km. Power will be 230kW/313hp.
- BMW X5 xDrive25d: 40mpg and CO2 emissions of 155g/km. Power will be 160kW/218hp.
- BMW X5 sDrive25d: 42mpg and CO2 emissions of 149g/km. Power will be 160kW/218hp.
Each vehicle in the line-up will also include an eight-speed automatic transmission; an ECO Pro mode that programmes electrically powered functions and includes a coasting function; and the BMW EfficientDynamics technologies such as auto start/stop, brake regeneration and low rolling resistance tyres.
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