BMW X6 Hybrid getting closer to the launch date

3-Series | August 27th, 2008 by 5
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It has been a while since we posted pictures of the BMW X6 Hybrid version that was spotted several times before in the hot californian …

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It has been a while since we posted pictures of the BMW X6 Hybrid version that was spotted several times before in the hot californian desert, but today, we have more spy photos for you, courtesy of This time, the X6 Hybrid was seen somewhere in Germany, but we can’t pinpoint the exact location.

With the risk of repeating myself, let me start with a little bit of technical information on the BMW X6 Hybrid.

The X6 is the first hybrid based BMW and it will go on sale initially in Europe, sometimes at the beginning of 2009. The newer, greener X6 will utilize the previously outlined dual-mode ActiveHybrid system, which has discrete modes for high-torque, low speed driving as well as for high-speed cruises.

The system uses a modular hybrid system which can be adapted to many different engine/vehicle combination, as opposed to a design-specific petrol engine/hybrid combination, which sees wider use in the automotive industry.

The X6 test mule spotted in Germany is a little different from the U.S bound one, when it comes to the bump found on the hood. The same X6 with the “weird” bulge was being tested in Germany back in March. Could they be two different versions of this hybrid? Or is BMW just doing some extra testing? Not sure at this point, but we shal find out soon enough.

Oh, almost forgot, some not-so-close interior photos are available as well.

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5 responses to “BMW X6 Hybrid getting closer to the launch date”

  1. Gunnar says:

    If it’s made Stateside, why not sell it Stateside first?

  2. Donny says:

    I want to apologize in advance for what I’m about to say.

    Okay … BMW has a long history of producing some of the most beautiful cars ever. The e46, and e90, but most of all, the e38 comes to mind. But every now and then, BMW does something they view as inventive/creative (e66), and that’s exactly what they’ve done with this monstrosity to the human eye.

    Why-oh-why, would they place something this ugly in showrooms across this country. The x-6 is not only ugly, it is indeed offensive to the human eye. It mostly resembles a Pontiac Aztek. I saw one in the show room at Crevier BMW in Orange County about 3 months ago, and asked the associate if there was a lot of interests for the new x-6, he rolled his eyes and laughed.

    Am I the only one that thinks this about the x6? Is this a me problem, or do other eyes find it ugly too?

  3. miles says:

    personally i think the form of the x6 is sexy. i wasnt so fond of it at first but it definitely grew up me.

  4. Horatiu B. says:

    @Gunnar: I think we’re not 100% ready yet here for hydrogen-only engines, so I’m assuming BMW will also want to test out the European market. There is still a huge demand there for SUV/SAV/SAC

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