A hybrid BMW X5 prototype has been recently spied testing on the streets of Munich.

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This prototype was spotted by Redline reader Cooper Crellin, while on holiday in the German city.

The ‘Hybrid Test Vehicle’ spied here has a surprising amount of camouflage, meaning that it’s not a prototype for the X5 xDrive45e, as it (along with its regular petrol and diesel counterparts) were revealed earlier this year.

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So, what could all of this camouflage be hiding? The most likely candidate is a lower-grade hybrid X5 – possibly badged 30e or 35e – that pairs a less powerful electric motor with a four-cylinder turbo petrol engine, as opposed to the 45e’s straight-six. This makes sense, as BMW has made their plans to offer 13 electrified (i.e. hybrid) models by 2025.

Expect a power output of 190-200kW for this cheaper hybrid model, with around 150-160kW coming from the petrol engine – 0-100km/h times in the mid-to-high six-second region would be likely.

The BMW X5 30e/35e is set to be revealed in early 2019.

Note: apologies about image quality. They were shot on a smartphone, not a DSLR.

 

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