X5 Hybrid SAV SUV
The BMW X5 Hybrid SUV
(or SAV as they like to call it for Sport Activity Vehicle)
has yet to find a roll out date, though the automaker
has hinted that November 2007 will be when this date.
The most exciting feature
of the gasoline-electric X5 Hybrid is that it sports high-performance
super-capacitors under the boot floor that give more oomph
than any other hybrid vehicle's battery pack currently
on the market.
The BMW X5 Hybrid SAV shows off an increase in torque to 1,000
Nm (737 lb-ft), outperforming any other BMW, while also increasing
fuel efficiency by 15-percent from the standard X5 vehicle.
The BMW X5 Hybrid concept vehicle uses an electric motor between
the 4.4-litre V8 gasoline engine and transmission to give added
electrical assistance as needed.
Because of the success of this design, BMW began developing
a newer compact active transmission, which integrates the
electric motor into the transmission. This design significantly
reduces weight and space requirements for the system.
Automotive News Europe reports that BMW will show off its
most recent iteration of the X5 Hybrid SAV at the IAA show
in Frankfurt, Germany in September. BMW is expected to display
the SUV's new advanced battery technology and high-performance
capacitors, or "syncaps", which can store and
release high amounts of power quickly.
The BMW X5 Hybrid SUV may just be the ticket for those
who cringe at the thought of buying a gutless hybrid. With
both increased performance and fuel efficiency the BMW X5
Hybrid SAV may be the selling point for savvy car enthusiasts.