Exclusive Spy Photos: BMW X6 Hybrid Near SC Plant

BMW’s first hybrid scheduled to hit the market, the 2010 BMW X6 ActiveHybrid, is moving closer to production. These exclusive spy photos were taken this morning, near BMW’s Spartenburg, SC manufacturing facility. The company’s test driver said the BMW X6 Hybrid vehicles are starting to roll off the production line and will be introduced at the end of this year.

BMW X6 ActiveHybrid
BMW x6 Hybrid

Photos by G the Worm.

The X6 Hybrid’s two-mode full hybrid—which appears in American form as the Chevy Tahoe Hybrid and GMC Yukon Hybrid, and the now-discontinued hemi-powered Chrysler Aspen Hybrid and Dodge Durango Hybrid—has been BMW-ized in the X6 hybrid. The two-mode’s motors, batteries, gearsets and software should add up to a 20 percent fuel efficiency improvement over the conventional X6, which is rated at 20 mpg on the highway. The price is expected to be close to $70,000.

BMW X6 ActiveHybrid
BMW x6 Hybrid

Photos by G the Worm.

BMW calls the vehicle a “sport activity coupe.” Its chief characteristics are a sleek profile, sloping roofline, low-slung stance, short front overhang, long rear overhang, long wheelbase, muscular wheel arches, large wheels, four-wheel drive, stability control, and lots of performance.

More details are expected, as the BMW X6 ActiveHybrid gets closer to an official release in late 2009 or early 2010.

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  • Charles

    I guess BMW is just not making hybrid cars for people like me. Please bring back the 2002tii as a hybrid.

  • Andrew Hime

    What’s uglier, the ridiculous spiderman paint job or the rear end of this car?

  • Alan Muller

    It’s not spiderman paint….It’s masking tape to protect leading edges.

  • af

    The car looks great, but my 2009 Ford Escape non-hybrid V6 AWD gets better MPGs than this thing does…at a fraction of the cost!

  • Samie

    Tie this into the last article on how bad their record w/ hybrids is. Two mode doesn’t get me excited. Could it be fair to say if they just used a turbo engine & used stop/start technology they could achieve the same 20percent gain in fuel efficiency, or close to it?

    Quote from article: “The two-mode’s motors, batteries, gearsets and software should add up to a 20 percent fuel efficiency improvement over the conventional X6, which is rated at 20 mpg on the highway.”

    Wow that is 4 mpg more!!!! No that’s not exciting at all…

  • crut100

    Unfortunately BMW just doesn’t seem to get it. I really wish they would b/c I love their cars but the seem to have their heads in the sand when it comes to what people now want. They seem to think that people who can afford their cars don’t care about gas prices. Which is true to some extent but that does not mean those people don’t care about the environment or worry about their country being held hostage by OPEC – which, by and large despises the US. I owned several BMW over the last 12 years but last year I sold off my last one in a one man protest to their appalling gas mileage and lack of response to what the American consumer is now asking for. Right now I am looking at the new Chevy SUV – gets 32 MPG or a Subaru Outback which is in the 28-29 mpg area (and yes we need a vehicle like this as we have a couple kids and live in the snow belt and have a steep driveway which mean no driving without 4wd quite frequently in the winter. The other car I am looking at is the Volkswagon Diesel at over 40MPG you can’t go wrong. I know many people would consider these cars a “step down” from a BMW but as I said, the higher end manufacturers don’t seem to care what we want in the US and keep the best cars for Europe.

  • docvb

    What is BMW thinking?

    How about a 120d or 320d (d=diesel)? call it a CDI, a TDI or blue smurf eco mobile, just build it.

    The 335d is a man-hog joke. This 6-lexus-coupe-whatever is a joke as well.

  • roger

    the 318d and 320d are available in europe. the 320d takes 5.5l/100km (dont now mgp…)

  • Kwame

    I can’t really say I’ve ever liked the way this car looks. Judging from the reviews, it’s also not very practical. Let’s just hope that the hybrid version doesn’t diminish the X6’s only trump card – performance.

    Who I’m I kidding, it will…

  • Bruce

    I’ve had Porsches, and I’ve had lots of BMWs- but I’ve really enjoyed driving Toyota hybrids for the past four years. Sure my new Prius isn’t fast, and doesn’t have a luxurious interior- but I get over 50mpg. It’s just not about “me, me, me” anymore- for lots of people. I’ll get a BMW again when/if they figure out that feeling good about your car is not just about showing off.

  • Bob G

    Running boards? 24mpg hybrid? Why bother?

  • cdrcj06

    Concur with all. This X6 would not be worth buying for 4 mpg improvement. The higher end manufacturers don’t seem to get it. I’ve had several BMWs. I miss the creature comforts, but would love to own something that lasts, rides good and is great on gas mileage. Bring back my 318ti, I’d buy it again….make it a true hybrid that gets 30/40+ mpg. Also, anyone know why years ago the VW Rabbit could get 50mpg and we don’t have any non-hybrids (that I’m aware of) that do that now? I would have thought 20 plus years later most all cars would be getting 40 and 50 mpg routinely….

  • Emanuel Raviela

    wow!!! este es uno d elos mejores autos que hasta ahora ha sacado BMW (sin comentarios)….. 🙂 si no les gusta mejor ni opinen.

  • chet jasko

    does bmw plan to have solar panels for the a/c as is the case with the toyota prius gen 3?

  • mikeypower

    Well said! really love BMW but please give us a hybrid 40 to 50 mpg.