First Drive: 2010 BMW ActiveHybrid X6

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BMW ActiveHybrid X6

First Drive: 2010 BMW X6

2010 BMW ActiveHybrid X6, Bal Harbour,

Our goal was to fundamentally change the of hybrids, said Peter project manager for the 2010 BMW X6. We wanted to make a ‘non-hybrid’

In other words, a hybrid didn’t drive like a And in that goal, BMW has succeeded

Drivers at the international launch of first hybrid-electric vehicle that if the badges and instruments had removed, they would been hard-pressed to know this latest X6 had electric and all sorts of software wizardry its engine and the wheels.

Their only clue, in would have been the economy. No other X6 even close to achieving 20 miles per in mixed use.

Engine and

BMW’s clear goal was to the BMW of hybrids, as Tünnermann said. could be no compromise in power, or driving experience.

The result out to be the most world’s most hybrid car. It has overall of 485 horsepower and 575 foot-pounds of torque, a combination of a 407-hp, 4.4-liter V8 engine and two electric motors of 67 and 63 (91 and 86 hp).

2010 BMW ActiveHybrid X6 engine

the same engine used in the X6 50i, minus belt-driven compressor and power steering now both electrically operated so work when the car runs on alone. The engine’s only belt, in fact, operates the pump.

The hybrid system uses components and much of the software of the Hybrid system developed by General Motors, Chrysler, and BMW.

But the Two-Mode in the BMW is light-years in feel from the version in such plebian transport as the 2009 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra Hybrid pickup .

In fact, two families of Two-Mode have arisen. And the version by BMW and Mercedes-Benz differs quite a lot the one used in GM and Chrysler sport and pickups.

BMW ActiveHybrid X6

It uses a differently shaped for one thing, since the tunnel for standard six-speed automatic in the X6 is and narrower than those in Motors trucks. And it’s for both German partners in by Mercedes-Benz, rather than in Ohio.

More importantly, BMW has all hybrid feel by simulating fixed ratios. First, fifth, and seventh ratios are the fixed gears of the Two-Mode while second, fourth, and are simulated gears that into the electronic continuously transmission, or eCVT.

It works. light, moderate, and full the ActiveHybrid system’s up- and down-shifts just like a standard transmission. Engine speed was proportional to road speed in gear, rising and falling throttle input.

Acceleration from 0 to 62 miles per is 5.6 seconds, equivalent to the xDrive

But the ActiveHybrid X6’s liquid-cooled, battery pack can also the car in electric-only mode up to 37 miles per and, under specific for up to 1.6 miles.

2010 BMW ActiveHybrid X6

The gas mileage far exceeds any X6 with a V8 and standard six-speed automatic. 120 miles of mixed driving, freeway travel and a few brief runs, we averaged 20.4 per gallon.

The most economical was freeway travel using the control, where we saw close to 21 Most hybrids typically get fuel efficiency in the city on the highway, but the 2010 BMW ActiveHybrid X6 can advantage of electric assistance at high speed.

BMW ActiveHybrid X6
BMW ActiveHybrid X6
BMW ActiveHybrid X6

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