Whitby, Ontario – BMW has announced the production version of its ActiveHybrid X6 and ActiveHybrid 7, which will debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, and reach Canadian showrooms in late 2009 and spring 2010, respectively.

The models use a combustion engine with electric motors, offering a significant increase in driving dynamics, while reducing fuel consumption by approximately 20 per cent for the X6, and 15 per cent for the ActiveHybrid 7 over the conventional 750i.

The ActiveHybrid X6 will be powered by a 400-horsepower twin-turbocharged V8 gasoline engine and two electric synchronous motors, offering a maximum system output of 480 horsepower and 575 lb-ft of peak torque, with seven-speed automatic transmission and xDrive all-wheel drive system.  The electric motors will use a nickel-metal hydride (NiHM) high-performance battery pack; the X6 will be able to run exclusively on electric power up to a speed of 60 km/h.

The ActiveHybrid 7, based on the newest 7 Series, also uses a twin-turbo high precision direct injection V8 engine with three-phase synchronous electric motor, producing a combined output of 455 horsepower and 516 lb-ft, with an eight-speed automatic transmission and lithium-ion battery.

Pricing and full specifications will be available closer to the market launch of both vehicles.

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