2010 BMW ActiveHybrid X6 Test Drive – Popular Mechanics

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BMW ActiveHybrid X6

2010 BMW ActiveHybrid X6 Test

BMW’s ActiveHybrid X6 is a forward-looking with a hatchback SUV-style But does the performance-oriented hybrid enough efficiency to make it an extra 20 grand? Let’s

November 16, 2009 12:00 AM


The Ultimate Driving Machine be, well, ultimate. The watered-down, driving experience conveyed by hybrids would be inappropriate in a right? That’s why BMW has tuned its execution of the two-mode hybrid for responsive performance first, only modestly boosting economy.

The crossover’s two-mode system was developed in partnership General Motors, Chrysler and (when the latter two were on the same team), and the others already launched their of the technology. BMW has used the extra to develop more sophisticated software for its version of the transmission, project leader Peter

While the other companies use the four physical gears the transmission, BMW exploits the hybrid-electric CVT capability to add three virtual so the X6 ActiveHybrid displays seven gear ratios. There is an eighth gear that is not because it is only used on to maximize the generation of electricity braking.

The ActiveHybrid announces its with a bulging power in the hood. Hot rods of the past may needed such humps in the to clear high-rise intake or superchargers, but the X6 may be the first of the coming of power domes stamped hood sheet metal to clearance for an electric- drive box that is mounted atop the

Oh, the engine. That’s right, is a gasoline engine in there and it is a good one, though is easy to overlook when is some rather impressive technology on hand. The 400-hp direct-injection V8 that debuted in the X6 nestles its two turbines in the valley of the vee for a shorter path to the turbos and throttle response.

In this hybrid configuration the is stripped of all its conventional accessories, all ancillary systems converted to power rather than drive belts that on the engine spinning.

The combined gas and systems crank out an impressive of 480 hp and a diesel-like 575 lb-ft of torque. BMW for the complexity, weight and cost of cooling for the ActiveHybrid’s battery because it permits the battery to be and discharged more quickly would otherwise be possible, to the company.

The Drive

The ActiveHybrid’s sprightly disguises its extra 419 pounds of and electric motors well. And the X6’s thick-rimmed steering produces the same kind of communicative response drivers from BMW. This the hybrid’s use of electric power a feature that is frequently but can be done well.

BMW ActiveHybrid X6

Step on the gas and the X6 whooshes effortlessly to Miami speed–80 mph–and beyond no indication of any exertion. Off the line, the is quicker than the xDrive50i to the torque from its electric but within a few seconds the gas version reel in the hybrid, courtesy of the gas lower mass, according to

Some hybrids are intrusive decelerating, as the vehicle attempts to every last watt of energy for storage and reuse the light turns green. electric generators cause the to be erratic and disconcerting. The X6 ActiveHybrid’s is expertly calibrated so that the is rarely noticeable.

In most the energy recovery is invisible.

But driving at a low enough speed the BMW is running on electric drive there are two drive speeds for the motor. When it downshifts as the car there is a slight lurch as the braking increases. It isn’t bothersome, just noteworthy as the time the regeneration is apparent to the

BMW boasts that it is possible to the X6 ActiveHybrid at speeds up to 60 kilometers per (37.5 mph) and distances up to 2.5 km miles) in electric-only mode. But state proved to be elusive on our drive, as the gas engine hummed to at lower speeds with little throttle application. The by engineers on hand was that the battery could deliver as as 60 kilowatts (80 hp) of power to the electric the system only taps that for durability reasons, so for more than 40 hp are filled by the gas

The Bottom Line

The X6 ActiveHybrid for $89,775. That’s 22 grand than the X6 xDrive50i, for an improvement in fuel economy of about a and a half per gallon. The ActiveHybrid 17 mpg city and 19 highway on the EPA test compared to 15 city and 18 highway for the V8 version.

Over the Miami driving we took, the BMW returned 18.5 There is no point in breaking out the eye shade here; these are never going to work, so trying to rationalize the ActiveHybrid for a gas bill.

The ActiveHybrid will be the of choice for people who want to with new technology and who don’t paying for it. BMW’s version of the developed two-mode hybrid is impressive, both on paper and in the The effortless way the X6 ActiveHybrid surges can’t be duplicated by other making BMW’s hybridization of gas and power as appealing, if not affordable.

BMW ActiveHybrid X6
BMW ActiveHybrid X6
BMW ActiveHybrid X6
BMW ActiveHybrid X6
BMW ActiveHybrid X6

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