Wednesday, December 24, 2008
We have been used to seeing the BMW X6 Hybrid around the BMW factory in Spartanburg, but this time, thanks to our friend Simon, we have some new spy shots of the X6 Hybrid parked somewhere in the beautiful Munich. Sporting a very light camouflage, the BMW X6 Hybrid seems to be a production ready model that it's undergoing some more testing in a urban environment.
The body style is almost identical to the petrol versions, except the slightly larger M3-style bonnet, a funky feature that has been lightly criticized by some bimmer fans. BMW has also kept the aggressive front-end, probably one of the best features on the regular X6 vehicles. Also, the white paint seems to fit very well the X6 Hybrid and even the bonnet is less obvious.
Of course, the major changes appear under the hood, where a two mode hybrid system will power the X6 Active Hybrid. And did you know that the hybrid system was developed by a consortium formed of BMW, GM, Daimler and Chrysler? Yes yes, the same GM that is being bailout by our government.
More after the jump
And what's so special about the X6 Hybrid? Well, for one, BMW is using a nickel metal hydride battery for the initial applications and unlike the other car manufacturers, the BMW hybrid engine will not be using cylinder deactivation. And second, if our sources are correct, then the BMW X6 Hybrid will feature the Start/Stop technology that we have talked about a few days ago.
That's all for now and from what it seems, 2009 will be a great year for us, tons of new models are being released or at least showcased, but we'll be back with more on that.
In an expected move, BMW North America announced a price increase on all of their models. The 0.7% price increase will become effective January 1, 2009, but it will not affect the base prices of their recently launched diesel models: BMW 335d and X5 xDrive35d.
The reason for the price increase? Economical changes in the market place and a revenue decline in 2008. In addition, BMW has also announced the pricing for the 2009 BMW 7 Series, and nothing has changed from the previous article we wrote:
· BMW 750i - $81,125 MSRP
· BMW 750Li -$85,025 MSRP
The new 7 Series will reach the U.S dealerships in the first week of March 2009, but the 7er can be ordered any time now.
Here is the full BMW pricing for 2009:
Press release after the jump
BMW ANNOUNCES JANUARY 2009 PRICE ADJUSTMENT
Woodcliff Lake, NJ – December 22, 2008…BMW of North America, LLC announced today an average price increase of 0.7 percent for BMW vehicles sold in the U.S. effective January 1, 2009. This action is driven by the ongoing structural and economical changes in the market place. It will ensure revenue generation for the company's U.S. operations and help to protect the quality of business.
Pricing for the new Advanced Diesel vehicles remain unchanged. The all new 335d and X5 xDrive35d were launched recently and have begun arriving at BMW Centers this month.
In addition, BMW announced pricing for the new 2009 7 Series that debuted recently at the Los Angeles International Auto Show. The base price for the 750i is $81,125 and the 750Li is 85,025 (including $825 for destination and handling). Both models began production in November and will arrive at BMW Centers in the spring.
See attached for new BMW pricing for model year 2009 vehicles.
The BMW X1 has made an appearance again, but this time away from the snow and onto the 'Ring. This X1 test mule seems to be a production model but due to the heavy camouflage, it is hard to tell how it differentiates itself from the X1 Concept seen at the Paris Auto Show.
The fellows at Edmunds Insideline posted some information on the X1, many of them that we knew already, but it is probably worth mentioning them one more time:
· X1 will be available in late 2009 and only in Europe
· the cabin is not cramped at all, yet the roof lies much lower compared to X3
· the dash was still in camo and the basic layout comes from the 1 Series, the steering wheel as well and the big-screen navigation from the 3 Series
· there are four models available xDrive20i, xDrive20d, xDrive30i and a hybrid version
· xDrive basis torque-distribution ratio in this car is regular 40:60
· the sitting position is a bit higher than in 3er Touring xDrive but much lower than in X3
· the car's driving and overall characteristics are much more similar to 1er & 3er than to X3
· X1 will slot in naturally as BMW's smallest and least expensive compact SUV
The most exciting part of these spy photos is the almost revealed interior design which clearly shows a similarity to the BMW 1 Series.
[Source: Edmunds Insideline ]