BMW has reportedly ceased producing the X6 ActiveHybrid, which was first introduced for production at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show.
According to BimmerFile.com, Dave Buchko, a spokesman for BMW North America, confirmed the demise of the X6 ActiveHybrid. BMW's X-series of crossover SUVs are all assembled in the carmaker's Greer, South Carolina plant.
Buchko added that while there are no plans to upgrade the X6 ActiveHybrid's system from its outdated nickel metal hydride battery to a modern lithium-ion pack, BMW will still sell hybrid vehicles in the United States starting with the 5-Series hybrid and followed by the 7-Series ActiveHybrid.
With an output of 480hp and nearly 780Nm of torque from its 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine and two synchronous electric motors, the X6 ActiveHybrid became the most powerful hybrid vehicle in the world with a zero to 100kph acceleration time of 5.4 seconds. As a two-mode hybrid, it was able to run on just its nickel metal hydride battery pack for nearly three kilometers at a top speed of 60kph.
With only a 12 percent improvement in fuel efficiency compared to a regular X6 that's equipped with the same petrol engine, more buyers chose the X6 M, which was priced roughly the same as the X6 ActiveHybrid, and lived with its relative efficiency.