It's hard to not think of the X6 ActiveHybrid as BMW's argument in favor of turbodiesels. Its 17/19-mpg EPA rating falls shy of the X5 xDrive 35d's 19/26 mpg (although the badge is far less cumbersome). Then there's the price, which seems to try and prove that clean diesel is much more cost-effective than hybrids. The X5 diesel starts with less standard equipment, at $52,025, while the X6 ActiveHybrid starts at $89,775, fifty bucks more than the X6 M. The X6 ActiveHybrid is almost fully equipped though, so rest assured you'll be able to keep the bottom-line out of six-digits. The standard iDrive-controlled navigation system includes a screen graphic showing the four drive modes.
And so, it's a niche-within-a-niche vehicle. BMW will sell fewer than 5000 X6s in the U.S. this year, which means that ActiveHybrid versions are likely to sell in the hundreds over the next year. The system can be adapted to other BMW engines, although it's not designed to be upgradable to lithium-ion battery technology. BMW is considering an X5 ActiveHybrid, but says it has no plans for other models beyond that. Considering the X6 ActiveHybrid has more torque and nearly the same power as the M, that it's an uber-niche model by any standard and that its distinctive, polarizing shape stands out in any fleet of cars, maybe the X6 should have been a hybrid-only model.
|2010 BMW X6 ActiveHybrid|
|Vehicle layout||Front-engine, AWD 5-pass, 4-door, SUV|
|Engine||4.4L/480-hp/575-lb-ft twin-turbo DOHC 32-valve V-8, two electric motors|
|Curb weight (dist f/r)||5700 lb (mfr)|
|Length x width x height||192 x 78.1 x 66.5 in|
|0-62 mph||5.6 sec (mfr est)|
|EPA city/hwy fuel econ||17/19 mpg|
|CO2 emissions||1.09 lb/mile (est)|
|On sale in the U.S.||December 5, 2009|