We are less than two weeks away from the moment the first BMW X6's will be released to the dealers. Many of the U.S dealers should be start getting the first cars next week, so they should be available for driving. As we have reported in the past, the BMW X6 seems to be an amazing pierce of technology and the initial test drives were very encouraging. Some latest news also report that a BMW X6 hybrid for the U.S. market will be released as well. The hybrid X6 will go on sale in the U.S. and Europe starting mid-2009.
The X6 is rumored to be powered by a 4.4 liter V8 engine mated with an electric motor that produces 407 horsepower. BMW says the hybrid version will consume 20 percent less fuel than the petrol model.
Also, according to the latest new from Automotive New BMW expecting the U.S. to be the biggest market for its upcoming X6 crossover despite the high fuel prices. The guys at Auto news are citing a BMW board member said that the german autoamker is expecting half of the annual production volume to come from the U.S.
Initially, BMW plans to build 40,000 X6 models annually, with the U.S. market expecting to get half of that, while Germany and UK will get a combined 10% of the production.
Mr. Eichiner has told Automotive News that the high gas prices in the U.S will not have a major impact on the X6.
“Maybe there could be some knock-on effect, but the U.S. is still the world’s biggest SUV market. This is why we are confident the X6 will be a success”.
The next few months will get pretty interesting, especially since BMW seems to be pushing more and more they hybrid technology and their EfficientDynamics.
A full gallery and a detailed article can be found on egmcartech.com as well.
Update: Here is the detailed pricing for the BMW X6