We're not quite sure what the marketing angle is, although we're guessing the X6 ActiveHybrid was not conceived as a sop to the German green lobby. More like a two-fingered salute in fact, but maybe that's why we like it!
Drivers of the X6 ActiveHybrid will feel the benefit of a twin-turbo 4.4-litre petrol V8, and a nickel-hydride hybrid battery pack with twin electric motors. The effect is to rocket the two-and-a-half ton leviathan to 62mph in 5.6secs, while returning an official combined fuel economy figure of 28.5mpg.
Neither model will be available to buy in the UK, as the cost of engineering right hand drive is too high says BMW.