BMW 7 Series Hybrid and X6 Hybrid will arrive at the end of 2009

BMW have announced that production on their BMW 7 Series and BMW X6 hybrid versions will start at the end of 2009. BMW Sales and Marketing Director Ian Robertson has confirmed this during a report.

Robertson said that the two vehicles will use different hybrid systems, the luxury sedan 7-Series will use a mild hybrid system which will allow the engine to be shut down when coasting or braking.

The accessories will still run with the engine shut down, making use of an electric motor.

The BMW X6 Hybrid will have a full-hybrid system which will let the model run on pure electric power or using a combination of the engine and electric motor.

Concept models are on show at the Detroit Auto Show, and the BMW Concept 7-Series ActiveHybrid will be based on the 2009 model year, and it will feature a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 engine iwth a 20-hp electric motor with 155lb-ft of torque.

The electric motor will help cut back fuel consumption by 15%.

The BMW Concept X6 ActiveHybrid will have 20% better fuel economy and it will probably use the same 4.4-litre V8 engine as the 7-Series ActiveHybrid.

These vehicles will also go under the knife for a few changes before the get to the showroom.

Robertson said, “they will probably be available to our customers by the end of the year.”

BMW 7 Series Hybrid

BMW X6 Hybrid

– Source: WorldCarFans

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