BMW Concept X6

BMW Concept X6 ActiveHybrid
BMW shows off two new concept cars

BMW made two important announcements today. The first was the Concept X6 which BMW describes as "a BMW Coupe with the striking DNA of BMW's X Vehicles."

The Concept X6 is based on BMW's X5 Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV). With the Concept X6, BMW is introducing a new moniker: the Sports Activity Coupe (SAC). Although the Concept X6 is actually a four-door vehicle, the coupe terminology has been used to describe other vehicles such as Mercedes' striking CLS.

Everything about the vehicle from its twin kidney grill to its notched headlights to its sculpted flanks and slightly "Bangled" butt clearly showcase BMW's current design trends.

Given that this is a BMW, performance and handling are likely to be a step above other AWD SUVCrossoverWhatchamacallits on the road. Since the Concept X6 is based on the X5, expect that vehicle's 6-speed automatic transmission, 3.0 liter inline-6 and 4.8 liter V8 to power the production version.

In keeping with the current trend of staying green, BMW also today announced the Concept X6 ActiveHybrid. The Concept X6 ActiveHybrid builds on the new Concept X6 by adding a two-mode hybrid system that was developed in conjunction with General Motors and DaimlerChrysler.

BMW says that the Concept X6 ActiveHybrid consumes 20 percent less fuel and emits 20 percent less CO2 emissions than comparable vehicles.

BMW's production X6 SAV is expected to be made available in late 2008 and will likely be produced in South Carolina alongside the X5 SAV. There is no word, however, on when the two-mode hybrid system will show up in BMW's lineup.

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