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UPDATE: Alexander Schmuck, BMW Product & Technology Communications Manager, has provided with a clarifying statement about BMW's diesel future in the U.S.: “The all-new BMW X5 will launch with 2 gasoline variants (xDrive 40i and xDrive 50i) and a PHEV variant is planned to follow in 2020 as a 2021 model year. The final decision as to whether or not the BMW X5 diesel variant will come to the U.S. market has not been made. BMW of North America continues to monitor customer preferences and is prepared to adjust the product portfolio accordingly.”

BMW is joining companies like Toyota and Honda in abandoning the diesel technology. However, the Bavarians won’t kill its diesel powertrains entirely, but will only discontinue them in the United States. 2018 model year will be the final for diesel-powered BMWs in America, a spokesman for the company has confirmed to The Car Connection earlier this week. In return, the automaker will focus on plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

"We are putting all our eggs in the PHEV basket," Alex Schmuck from BMW USA told the publication.

The first victim of BMW’s decision is the new X5, which won’t get a diesel engine on this side of the pond. The South Carolina-built SUV will instead get a PHEV version in about 18 months from now, offering up to 50 miles (80 kilometers) of electric range with full batteries.

BMW's PHEV future:

Some 16 months ago, it was believed that BMW will bring a diesel version of the next-generation 3 Series to the U.S. The 330d was expected to use a 2.0-liter compression ignition unit with 190 horsepower (140 kilowatts) and 295 pound-feet (400 Newton-meters), but, apparently, the company has changed its mind.

The recently revealed 2019 X5 xDrive45e previews BMW’s hybrid ambitions for the future, combining an inline-six 3.0-liter turbocharged gas engine with an electric motor with an output of 110 hp (82 kW). The combined peak power is 389 hp (290 kW) with a massive 443 pound-feet (600 Newton-meters) of torque.

2019 BMW X5 xDrive45e

Outside the United States, BMW is still committed to diesel engines. In Europe, every single Bimmer is offered with a diesel engine and some of the brand’s most popular SUVs and wagons have a bigger share of diesel sales compared to hybrids and gasoline versions. Even Alpina, BMW’s performance tuning studio, believes there’s still a future for diesel-powered cars.

Source: The Car Connection

Gallery: 2019 BMW X5 xDrive45e

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