Monday, November 23, 2009

BMW announces release date of new hybrid vehicle



Hot on the heels of making its North American debut at the Los Angeles Motor Show, the BMW ActiveHybrid X6 will arrive in US showrooms in early December.

The Sports Active Coupe, which includes two-mode hybrid technology, will go on sale from December 5, 2009, and will have a base price of $89,725 including destination and handling.

The vehicle boasts BMW’s interpretation of two-mode hybrid technology mated to a 4.4litre twin-turbo V8. Its on-sale price will include a number of standard features that were available as options on the X6 xDrive50i such as a unique seven-speed automatic transmission, 20” alloy wheels, extended nappa leather, and a rear-view camera.

The BMW ActiveHybrid X6 has a fuel economy rating of 17mpg in the city and 19mpg on the highway – 18mpg combined.

BMW also released pricing details for its new 2010 X6 ActiveHybrid. The hybrid-electric crossover carries a hefty base price of $89,725, which includes destination.

The company's first hybrid offering to reach the consumer market (a 7-series ActiveHybrid will follow shortly), the X6 uses the same 4.4-liter V-8 found in the X6 xDrive50i, but mates the engine to a complex hybrid transmission co-developed with General Motors. The system allows the X6 to achieve 17/19 mpg city/highway, a slight increase over the normal V-8 X6, which is rated at 13/18 mpg.

Although the hybrid X6 may carry a base price significantly higher than a normal xDrive50i (which stickers at $67,875), it includes a number of premium features within that price tag. Standard features include extended nappa leather, 20-inch wheels, a heads-up display, rear view camera, and several others.

A similar amount of money will also net buyers the speedier X6 M ($89,725), but given each model's purpose, we doubt much cross shopping of the two will occur. Expect X6 ActiveHybrids to arrive at dealers starting December 5th.