As part of his statement on the company's first-quarter financial results, Dr. Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the Board for the BMW Group, has confirmed that hybrid versions of both the X6 Sports Activity Vehicle (that's SUV to the rest of us) and the 7 Series sedan will make it into production before the end of the year.
We first saw the 7 Series ActiveHybrid in North America at last year's LA Auto Show. This luxury sedan will be equipped with a lithium ion battery and will use a mild hybrid powertrain co-developed with Mercedes-Benz. A 20 kW electric motor is sandwiched between the car's twin-turbo 4.4L V8 engine and automatic transmission.
The X6 ActiveHybrid will use BMW's version of the sophisticated 2-Mode hybrid drivetrain that was developed by the German automaker along with General Motors, Chrylser and cross-town rival Mercedes-Benz, mated up with a 4.4L V8 engine. Both hybrid vehicles from BMW are expected to boast a 20-percent improvement in fuel efficiency over their standard siblings.