German Automaker to Add New SUV as ActiveHybrid X6 Phased Out
Online PR News – 03-October-2011 – – HYANNIS, Mass. – BMW is adding another luxury SUV to its lineup to fill the gap between the popular BMW X3 and X5. Suitably named the X4 and styled like the X6 SUV, the smaller SUV will debut at BMW dealerships in 2014 and share drivetrain options with the X3, including a fuel-efficient diesel option.
BMW has positioned the X4 to compete with the Cajun, a small Porsche SUV due for production in 2013 that will share platforms with the Audi Q5. According to European reports, the X4 will feature xDrive all-wheel drive, automatic start-stop technology and voice control. While BMW is adding one fuel-efficient SUV, according the online publication BimmerFile the automaker is removing the BMW ActiveHybrid X6 in the United States for the 2012 model year. The SUV was designed to be a sport hybrid capable of producing prodigious power.
“People hear hybrid and they only think ‘fuel efficiency,’ but BMW used the technology to improve performance in the X6 without paying a penalty at the pumps,” said Mike Murphy, owner of Massachusetts BMW dealership BMW of Cape Cod. “The ActiveHybrid X6 is the most powerful hybrid in the world, so it will be sad to see it go, but the future arrival of the X4 will give our customers all of that model’s style in a smaller package.”
Those that are able to get their hands on the last of the ActiveHybrid X6 models will be able to make use of a twin-turbocharged, 4.4-liter V8 and two electric motors to produce 480 horsepower and 575 pound-feet of torque. That power is capable of boosting the ActiveHybrid X6 to 60 mph from a standstill in 5.4 seconds. Meanwhile, its nickel-metal hydride battery pack allows for up to 1.6 miles of electric-only travel at up to 37 mph.
Luxury drivers looking for a more fuel-friendly SUV that still offers performance can opt for the BMW X5 xDrive35d, which can return up to 26 mpg on the highway. Acceleration is no problem for the diesel X5, thanks to its 425 pound-feet of torque and 265 horsepower. Once up to speed, the 22.5-gallon fuel tank allows a highway cruising range of up to 585 miles between fill-ups.
“BMW is focused on building SUVs that carry over the style and sportiness of its cars,” Murphy noted. “The options for BMW customers are only going to grow in the future with models like the X4. In the meantime, they’ll find what they are looking for in the current lineup, whether it’s more power or more efficiency.”
While it is pulling the ActiveHybrid X6 from its lineup, BMW isn’t backing away from hybrid technology and will be adding a hybrid version of the BMW 5 Series. Powered by a six-cylinder gas engine paired with an electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack, the ActiveHybrid 5 Series is expected to debut at BMW dealerships in the first quarter of 2012.
About BMW of Cape Cod:
BMW of Cape Cod is where Massachusetts BMW drivers go to purchase new and used BMWs, but it’s also known for its legendary service department. Because it’s part of the Viti family of luxury car dealerships, every service customer at BMW of Cape Cod enjoys free pick-up, free delivery and a free loaner car no matter where they live and which Viti dealership they purchased their vehicle at. Viti’s dealerships have a combined 150 loaners and 50 drivers that start work at 5 a.m., which is great news for busy service customers. BMW of Cape Cod is located at 25 Falmouth Road, Route 28 in Hyannis, Massachusetts. Customers can browse their BMW inventory online at www.bmwofcapecod.com, find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BMWofCapeCod or reach them by phone at 508-775-4526.