Frankfurt Auto Show Preview: New Bimmer Hybrids
BMW announces ActiveHybrid X6 and ActiveHybrid 7 (via Consumer Reports)
As this article from Consumer Reports notes, BMW will unveil two new hybrids at the Frankfurt Auto Show: an ActiveHybrid version of its sport-luxury, 4-passenger X6 utility vehicle, and the same for its 7 flagship sedan. Both vehicles will house V8 engines, plus an electric motor -- or, rather, two electric motors in the case of the X6. The performance specs are what you'd expect from BMW: The X6 will have a maximum combined output of 480 horsepower, and the 7 will boast 455 horses -- a full 55 ponies more than the regular 750i. And, as expected, fuel economy will also get a boost. Preliminary tests show a 20 percent fuel efficiency increase over the X6's regular EPA estimate of 15 mpg city/20 mpg highway and a 15 percent boost for the 7's 15/22 mpg.
For the ActiveHybrid 7 (hitting showrooms in spring 2010), at least, increased horsepower and mpg also translate into a higher price -- expect to shell out a premium above the about $90,000 you'd pay for a regular 750i. No word yet on the price for the X6, which will be available at the end of this year.
(Photo courtesy of BMW Group)
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