Sales data points to 'no' for big hybrid SUVs
If you were curious whether or not BMW would come out with a hybrid version of the X7, a look at hybrid SUV sales data should help you come to terms. People aren't buying hybrid SUVs. GM is discontinuing its hybrid Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon SUVs.
The hybrid Escalade offered 21 mpg, compared to its petrol counterpart which offered 16 mpg. That's a 31% boost in fuel efficiency, but that doesn't really matter when "no one bought them," as David Schiavone, Escalade's marketing manager, points out.
Lexus only sold nine hybrid models of its big LS sedan last month. The issue for that is cost. The hybrid version is about $6,000 more than the petrol version. Other Lexus models don't have quite the price hike for the hybrid version.
Other brands are still soldiering on though. Infiniti is making a hybrid version of its 2014 QX60 full size, three-row luxury SUV. About 10% of buyers opt for the $3,000 option.
The point is, I don't think that we are going to see an X7 hybrid, just in case you were holding your breath.