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BMW ActiveHybrid X6

Review: BMW ActiveHybrid X6

Although BMW shunned hybrids in favor of diesels and other alternative the German automaker is joining the assisted fray next with not one but two gasoline-electric vehicles: the BMW ActiveHybrid 7 our first drive of you can read here and the 2010 BMW X6. Both models share badging and fall in the contradictory segment, but their similarities end

The 7 is a mild hybrid that an electric motor in its eight-speed gearbox and a compact lithium-ion mounted in the trunk to assist and run the accessories; the X6 is a far more complex hybrid. The latter’s pair of and advanced electronic continuously transmission allow it to waft up to 1.6 and at speeds of up to 37 mph on electric current

Forget about Prius-like economy, though, because the X6 is the most powerful hybrid yet with the electric bits with a 400-hp, 4.4-liter V-8 to produce a total output of 480 hp and 575 of torque. (When pressed on why it choose to pair the hybrid with the X6 xDrive35i’s twin-turbo BMW simply says that the V-8 made for the largest jump in Plus, the company added, the vehicle would be slower.) Two and Lots of Explaining Based the two-mode CVT BMW co-developed with Motors and the old DaimlerChrysler, the X6 hybrid is in concept to hybrid versions of full-size SUVs and pickups, as as the short-lived Dodge Durango and Aspen hybrids and the upcoming ML450 hybrid.

That concept in a nutshell: a big vehicle with a relatively large-displacement engine and pair it an electrified transmission that the powertrain at maximum efficiency no what the speed to improve fuel economy without highway efficiency. Compared the GM and Chrysler examples, which CVT operation with two electric and three planetary gearsets for a of four fixed gear the X6’s unit stirs in additional, “virtual” ratios, making the transmission a seven-speed for dynamic performance.

As with the normal X6, manumatic is performed via the console shifter or paddles. The two electric motors the gearbox rated at 91 and 86 hp and 192 and 206 lb-ft of respectively assist with and low-speed mobility while helping to recapture wasted through regenerative braking.

The stored in a 2.4-kWh nickel-metal battery pack under the of the X6’s cargo hold (it where conventional X6 models their spare tires; are standard on the hybrid), is then fed into the system and on to the drive It Moves, Stops, and Turns On the the X6 ActiveHybrid feels much the all-wheel-drive X6 xDrive50i on which based.

And that’s a good to start, because although we find the vehicle’s overall and purpose confusing, it’s agile, and immensely capable, weighing in excess of 5200 The X6 hybrid even retains the model’s torque-vectoring rear which allows for physics-defying in direction by actively routing to the outside rear wheel cornering.

It might not be the most package on which to base a but the X6 is one of the sportiest platforms yet to gain the However, the preview-drive route BMW in and around downtown Miami little insight into the X6 dynamic behavior. Cruising the city, we noticed the engine and routinely shut off and restarted at (unless we were in sport or if the battery was nearly drained).

Accelerating using electric-only could be done with a amount of throttle, unlike in other hybrids where the cuts in at even a hint of movement. There occasionally was hesitation when we quickly to the accelerator and the hybrid system’s brain had to decide how best to the power to all the gears and motors, but the definitely was quick once it got

Despite the added 400-ish of hybrid gear, BMW says the is only 0.1 second slower to 60 mph 5.4 than the nonhybrid V-8 X6. We think a time is possible, given our long-term X6 xDrive50i managed the in 5.1. Top speed is electronically to 130 mph, and towing capacity is a 6000 pounds.

Fuel Economy and Pricing the 7-series hybrid’s electrically brakes, which we said firm and linear despite regenerative capability, the X6 hybrid’s rubbery and isolated. We eventually got to them, but the initial lack of wasn’t good in something three tons. The electric also felt light and compared with the normal hydraulic system.

In terms of economy, the X6 hybrid has an EPA city/highway of 17/19 mpg; for comparison, the is rated at 13/18. That mean an improvement over our X6’s 15-mpg average, but no masking the twin-turbo V-8’s thirst when it’s on to move the X6’s bulk any haste.

Packaging as Confusing as the Visual cues are limited to a of small badges on the flanks and and an angular hood bulge to the hybrid electronics. Unique wheels with summer are standard (19s with rubber are optional), and the X6 wears the and BMW-hybrid-only Bluewater Metallic well.

Inside, a power-flow in the main infotainment screen you where all the juice is going, and a gauge in the lower part of the shows battery status, the of electric boost, and brake-energy

BMW ActiveHybrid X6

The four-seat layout and maximum 60 feet of storage remain, as the vision-limiting, sloping rear

Overall, comfort and refinement are however, and the latest iteration of is actually fairly intuitive to Major options include seats, a rear-seat entertainment an upgraded sound system, and a Weather package that a heated steering wheel and washer squirters.

A Token We can’t argue that the X6 is one of the best full hybrids to but we nearly fell out of our chair BMW said it will be asking for one when it goes on sale in Although there’s a considerable of standard equipment that is on the nonhybrid models including leather trim, keyless soft-close doors, a rearview auto-dimming mirrors, heated seats, four-zone climate a head-up display, and more $12,000 more than a equipped and sharper-driving xDrive50i.

also the same base as that of the 555-hp X6 M’s. The claims to have no other in store for the two-mode drivetrain and to estimate how many X6 hybrids it sell likely very Given that, we’re more perplexed as to why this exists than we are the normal X6.

When asked why no weight-saving were taken to improve and performance as GM did with its hybrid BMW baffled us further by saying it was solely on developing the fastest, powerful, and best-driving hybrid How, we wonder, are those at odds with reducing Although we commend BMW’s to embrace full-hybrid technology hindering Internet penetration.

more #8230; ». and even the vehicle’s capability, the motives it seem cemented in corporate For the few folks who crave a large, powerful crossover and believe could actually help Earth with such a the ActiveHybrid X6 fills the bill. For us, plant a couple of trees and the X6 M for the same money. Submitted by kakooza

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

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