The upcoming BMW X6 Active Hybrid has been spotted one more time and by who else other than our dear friend Palbay and the friends at LeftLaneNews. We would be seeing his name a lot in the next months with more and more vehicles coming out of the Spartanburg Plant.
The newer, greener X6 seems to be almost production ready and my prediction is that we will be seeing this car within the next six months. The BMW X6 Hybrid will utilize the previously outlined dual mode ActiveHybridsystem, developed together GM and Daimler, 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 combinations, as opposed to a design-specific petrol engine/hybrid combination, which sees wider use in the automotive industry. BMW says this innovation allows them to tailor the hybrid system to different applications without diluting the unique nature of the original vehicle. No word yet on if they’re able to attain the stated efficiency gain goal of 20% in this iteration.
It will be interesting to see if the declining oil prices will change the buyer’s “green/hybrid” mentality that seem to be popular these days, and we will revert back to our precious “large gas guzzlers” SUVs.