Both automakers are working on the next-generation of their crossover offerings, with the Q5 and the X3 going on a diet and getting plug-in hybrid variants.
Audi will beat BMW to the punch, with the 2016 Q5 being built on the company’s advanced MLB-evo platform, which will reduce weight, improve handling and fuel efficiency. It is likely that the German automaker will develop a Q5 e-tron quattro model, a plug-in hybrid that will pair a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (252 hp) with an electric motor (109 hp). This plug-in version is will cost $4,000 more compared to the standard gasoline model. According to a recent report, the next-generation Q5’s styling will be redesigned from scratch.
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On the other hand, the next-generation BMW X3 will arrive as a 2017 model year and will be built on the German automaker’s 35up architecture rather than the 3 Series platform. It is expected that the new crossover will be around 200 pounds lighter than its predecessor with new, more efficient powerplants under the hood. Previously, we reported that the refreshed 3 and 4 Series will sport those new engines and will likely use the 330i/430i and 340i/440i nomenclature, so don’t be surprised if a high-performance X3 M40i appears with 360 hp.
The plug-in hybrid variant will combine a 2.0-liter gasoline engine (240 hp) with an electric motor (95 hp) to deliver an all-electric driving range of around 25 miles.
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