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2010 BMW X6 Hybrid Spy Shots

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TheCarConnection.com's spies spotted BMW's X6 Active Hybrid undergoing hot-weather trials in Death Valley.

Three BMW X6 Hybrid cars were spotted, but one of the test vehicles showed one important difference, as its final hood design was visible for the first time on a real-world prototype. Two of the prototypes showcased enormous hood bulges, but the third prototype's hood--while still bulging more than a standard X6--looks clean with a tastefully integrated bump sculpted in near the cowl.

These details lead us to the conclusion that the production X6 Hybrid will take its visual inspiration from BMW's X6 Active Hybrid concept. Whether the revised hood bulge is there to make room for some hybrid-specific hardware or if its sole purpose is to signal one's green-leaning tendencies is currently unknown.

Stay tuned for more on the 2010 BMW X6 Hybrid.--KGP Photography

2010 BMW X6 Hybrid Spy Shots

2010 BMW X6 Hybrid Spy Shots

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2010 BMW X6 Hybrid Spy Shots

2010 BMW X6 Hybrid Spy Shots

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2010 BMW X6 Hybrid Spy Shots

2010 BMW X6 Hybrid Spy Shots

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2010 BMW X6 Hybrid Spy Shots

2010 BMW X6 Hybrid Spy Shots

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2010 BMW X6 Hybrid Spy Shots

2010 BMW X6 Hybrid Spy Shots

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2010 BMW X6 Hybrid Spy Shots

2010 BMW X6 Hybrid Spy Shots

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2010 BMW X6 Hybrid Spy Shots

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  1. BMW and other car manufacturer seem to hurry-up their hybrid development due to recent worrying gas price growth.
     
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  2. as if the AZTEK-ugly and bloated X6 was not lame enough.
     
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  3. Hybrid X6 or a Regular one. Wait, cant afford either. How bout a Hybrid 1 or 3 series first. Thats more obtainable.
     
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  4. BMW is currently testing in Bishop, CA and this car is running the roads here now. BMW comes to Bishop annually, generally in the first weeks of July. I've taken many photos of this car and others in the test fleet.
    I first noticed the bell tower on BMW mules last year, but didn't know its significance until this article. I assumed that it was a larger engine or head/intake designs that required the bell tower.
    I've also seen the car with the sculpted hood that you noticed.
    July 10th I also noticed a new Toyota Prius with no plates pulling up to BMW's base in Bishop (a church across from the hospital) and two engineers got out. A third joined them and they spoke next to the car for quite a while. I surmised that BMW was using the Prius to disect and learn from and use for gathering information useful to them in future hybrids.
    There is also another X-series car that appears to be an X5 with the same bell tower hood treatment. So I assume that there may be an X5 hybrid in the plans.
    After BMW leaves I will be updating my own personal page on test mules ( http://www.gbr.4wdtrips.net/oddsends/testmules.html ) with my photos taken during their stay. I noted the new 5-series, 7-series and plenty of X6 mules. I also see another car that I can't quite yet identify, about the size of the 5-series, but having a different front end treatment (maybe production?). And also what appears to be a 1-series convertible. And the Z-series hard top convertible.
     
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