The BMW X6 was first introduced in the market in 2008 as part of the 2009 model year. Marketed as what you would call a Sports Activity Coupe, the X6 combined characteristics of an SUV with the style of a coupé. This means the X6 featured all-weather capability, high ground clearance, large tires and wheels, and an all-wheel drive system with bold styling and the dramatic sloping roof that coupés are known for.
Related to the BMW X5, the X6 was the first of BMW’s vehicles to use the Dynamic Performance Control System. As a standard feature in the X6, it was made to complement the xDrive all-wheel drive system, also a standard on the X6. The first X6 models to be released came in two variants, both of which are powered by gasoline engines. Two diesel variants later on were released as well.
A hybrid version of the BMW X6 was unveiled in 2007 at the Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung Frankfurt. Called the BMW Concept X6 ActiveHybrid, this model utilizes a V8 Twin Turbo engine with High Precision injection to power the xDrive50i system, with a defining feature known as two-mode active transmission. Two-mode active transmission is an innovative technology that allows seamless control over how the internal combustion engine and electrical motors work together to move the vehicle.