The new net horsepower output will likely surpass the current one which rests at 308 hp. A larger electric unit and correspondingly increased battery capacity might be in the works too. If that turns out to be true, both the fuel economy and the all-electric range of the new BMW X5 plug-in hybrid will be increased.
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.
The upcoming 2019 Land Rover Range Rover P400e is proof that even badges and nameplates with historically significant off-road emphasis are capable of evolving into eco-minded vehicles. The Land Rover lineup has been top-notch both in terms of luxury and power offerings in recent years; two ideas which lend themselves to the hybrid-electric philosophy. That’s one of the reasons why this British automaker’s move doesn’t come as a surprise. The fourth generation Range Rover is determined to leave its successor with a legacy, it would seem.
Knowing how the hybrid Niro concept boasted a more powerful powertrain than the production model, we wouldn’t be surprised to see the Niro EV take the same approach. When it arrives, the production EV model should command the price of at least $35,000. The 2019 Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid, on the other hand, should cost less than the $27,900 that it commands right now.