The redesigned X5 will resemble the Concept X7 presented at the 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show. It’ll sit more upright and feature a higher grille. Other than that and a new interior, it’s business as usual for the mid-size SUV. The X5 xDrive40e plug-in hybrid currently offers 15 all-electric miles and a fuel economy of 24 mpg combined or 56 MPGe as rated by the EPA. The 2.0L twin turbo 4-cylinder engine, electric motor, and lithium-ion battery pack powertrain will likely carry over into the next generation.
The Toyota 7M-GTE engine was brought out with the 1986 Toyota Supra and carried into the 1992 release. The inline six-cylinder was a later variant of the 5M and 6M series engines, and the ‘T’ in ‘GTE’ stood for Turbo. The 7M showed an increase in displacement up to 3.0 liters and was meant to really put the Supra up against other factory supercars from JDM automakers. The 7M-GTE started to show reliability issues with failed head gaskets and knocking connecting rods when boost was dialed up on the factory engine, which would later be phased out come the introduction of the 1JZ in the 1993 Supra.
Despite sporting only a marginally-better combined economy (26 mpg over 24 mpg) than an entry-level conventional model, the T8 eAWD offers up to 4 mpg more in the city. As always, the Swedish brand sets an example when it comes to safety equipment. Even the entry-level XC60 hybrid is offered with a number of active electronic safety systems, but in order to fully immerse oneself into what this crossover is, you’d have to order an optional package or two. That’s the price of having the best hybrid SUV 2019 is bringing to the market. Well, one of the best hybrid SUVs anyway.
The engine touted a reduction in power to aid in miles per gallon, but even that started to sour as owners screamed foul on the MPG ratings. It turned into an all-out uproar and Mazda went so far as to buy back some RX8 models to satisfy their consumers.