Bye Bye: BMW X6 ActiveHybrid Loses Charge for 2012

By Jason Davis | September 20, 2011
The BMW X6 is going on a diet, shedding the ActiveHybrid model. Dave Buchko, our source at BMW, confirmed that "the ActiveHybrid X6 will not be continued into the 2012 model year here in the U.S."
With a base price of $89,775 including the destination charge, the X6 ActiveHybrid made little sense to even the green performance market for which it was intended. The X6’s 4.4-liter V-8, combined with the electric motors, makes a robust 480 horsepower and sprints to 60 mph in a claimed 5.4 seconds, but it rates only 19 mpg highway. The real kicker, though, is that the X6 ActiveHybrid is not only slower, heavier, and less efficient on the highway than the X6 xDrive50i, it also costs nearly $20,000 more.
The X6 xDrive50i packs 400 horsepower, sprints to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds, and rates 20 mpg on the highway. So, while someone who can afford a $70,000 price tag could probably also afford an $90,000 price tag, is the hybrid X6 really $20,000 better than the quicker, lighter, and more efficient standard V-8 model? That's the question many consumers may have asked before choosing another X6 model like the X6 M, the insanely fast motorsports edition that costs exactly $600 more than the Active Hybrid, is 0.9 seconds quicker to 60 mph, weighs about 500 pounds less, and gets a 17 mpg highway rating. Buchko did not say whether the X6 might have alternate means of power in the future, but according to BMW enthusiast site BimmerFile, the 2012 5 Series will have an optional six-cylinder hybrid. Source: BMW, BimmerFile