New BMW X6 Hybrid Breaks Wind. I Mean, Cover

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago

The BMWblog offers us this picture of the Propeller People’s new hybrid BMW X6. I know what you’re thinking. Huh? First, no bonus points for you, Boyo, for missing the key visual ingredient separating the gas – electric X6 from the normal (and I use that word in the post-modern Chris Bangle is my owtowmobeel God sense of the word) gas-powered X6. “The body style is almost identical to the petrol versions,” the Bimmer boys report. “Except the slightly larger M3-style bonnet. The obvious changes appear under the hood, where a two mode hybrid system developed by a consortium formed of BMW, GM, Daimler and Chrysler, will power the X6 ActiveHybrid.” Dudes; if the changes are under the hood, they’re not obvious. (Obviously.) Anyway, who knew the X6 variant got a German-style mashed-up nospacebarneeded moniker all its own? But I did know about the consortium, which, by the way, did not include Daimler and Chrysler at the time. (It was, appropriately enough, DaimlerChrysler.) This corporate cluster-you-know-what was a multi-billion dollar joint effort that should have been used for joints, rather than hybrids, as nothing even remotely salable came from the collaboration. And while we await mpg figures (doh!), here’s some proper German humor… “Once again that great photos were brought to us by Palbay who also shared a funny story with us. Apparently the X6’s driver could have been a BMW executive from outside the U.S since he made several wrong turns getting to the test track and he was wearing a business suit, not a common thing for the BMW regular test engineers.”

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  • Psarhjinian Psarhjinian on Nov 13, 2008
    …the AMC Eagle transformation will be complete. Hah, yes! I had been thinking jacked-up Saab 9-3, but yes, the Eagle resemblance is definitely there. Good call!
  • Joeaverage Joeaverage on Nov 14, 2008

    Don't these vehicles have GPS nav??? Seriously - what is the point of the gas hog hybrids? Wouldn't the hybrid tech be best used in vehicles that are typically sold to people who welcome a savings on gasoline? If I can afford a $50K luxury vehicle who cares how much it costs to drive? Admittedly I am the guy that wants EVs everywhere but luxury hybrids getting only slightly better mileage than their gasoline powered cousins seems like greenwash to me.

  • Hermaphroditolog Good hybrid cars use ICE implosion mode.Mercedes-EQXX uses implosion turbines (turboexpanders) for regeneration from heat losses.
  • Kosmo I, for one, and maybe only one, would buy a 5.0 L, stickshift variant of the sedan/hatchback that is Ford's "Not A Mustang EV" tomorrow.I'd buy the sportwagon version yesterday.
  • Akear I am counting the days when Barra retires. She has been one long nightmare for GM. People don't realize the Malibu outsells all GM EVs combined.
  • Redapple2 you say; most car reviewers would place it behind the segment stalwarts from Honda and Toyota,........................... ME: Always so. Every single day since the Accord / Camry introduction.
  • Akear GM sells only 3000 Hummer EVs annually. It is probably the worst selling vehicle in GM history.