2010 BMW X6 Reviews Auto and New Car Test Drive

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2010 BMW X6 Expert Review:


2010 BMW X6 ActiveHybrid above for high-res image

BMW’s pitch on how great the X6 is goes like this: the world’s most powerful vehicle, fuel consumption is about 20 percent compared to a vehicle without a hybrid and no matter what speed going, the incredibly complicated is performing at the most efficient possible. All of this power that the X6 hybrid is no sluggish Prius, offering frugal but performance. On the other hand, the and weight of BMW’s luxury crossover means that, the X6 hybrid is no Prius in the mileage either.

Let’s start by BMW for bringing its first batch of to market (the 7 Series is launching alongside the X6). In traffic, the hybrid system keep fuel consumption to a still-lame 18 mpg combined (estimated) since the engine can shut at stops, the ultra-quiet interior sitting in Miami traffic our preview drive almost a Nevertheless, there’s still a lot of here that hampers any at real fuel efficiency The X6 ActiveHybrid weighs 5,688 for crying out loud 400 pounds than the non-hybrid.

This simply doesn’t makes a lot of for anyone actually interested in efficiency. Who does it make for? Follow us past the as we try to find out.

Photos copyright 2009 Blanco / Weblogs, Inc.

The powertrain in the X6 is a complex animal, that it’s made up of a 4.4-liter V8 engine, two electric (one that puts out 91 hp and a brother that manages 86 three planetary gearsets and a 2.4 kWh battery pack. All that manages to produce 357 kW (485 and 780 Nm (575 pound-feet) of torque. is what BMW has created out of the two-mode system that the Bavarians with General Motors and (think Chevrolet Tahoe and Mercedes-Benz ML450 Hybrid).

BMW its hybrid SUV can achieve fuel of up to 9.9 l/100 km (about 24 mpg U.S.) on the drive cycle, but during our a few in the 2010 BMW X6 ActiveHybrid Sports Coupe, we averaged just liters (16 mpg U.S.).

On the way to 16 mpg, the X6 performs like one expects a BMW to. It possible to test the handling on the straight and clogged streets of Florida, but the CUV had plenty of punch for highways the 0-to-60 mph time is a 5.4 seconds and keeping up with was a doddle. Power, be it electric or was readily available whenever we the accelerator pedal. As much as the offered, we didn’t get anywhere the vehicle’s electronically limited top of 130 mph due to traffic.

The good news is that no need to go fast to enjoy the at any speed, the X6 offers a comfortable with bumps and other passed over with Also, the X6 ActiveHybrid’s electrical feels about as good as any system ever has — at in these non-challenging circumstances.

For all the that BMW engineers did to make the X6 burn less fuel, haven’t chosen to apply of those same easy across the X6 lineup. For proof, a look at those special wheels that are available on the gasoline-electric version of the X6. While do reduce emissions by 0.1 grams of CO2 per don’t try to order them for standard X6. The reason? BMW wants to its first hybrid in the U.S. a look and those special are one way the driver can make a statement.

All is not though, and BMW told us that the aero wheels an option on the X6 is in discussion.

Of course, the real gains come from the not the wheels. The liquid-cooled 2.4 kWh NiMH pack sits between and the rear wheels, offering the 1.4 kWh of its total power. The part-electric gives the X6 four operating eDrive, eBoost, Charge and eDrive is the most efficient and nothing but electrons to attain up to 37 mph for up to 1.6

It’s not a plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV), but it works in parking lots and during traffic like we experienced in eDrive doesn’t help who like to engage the manual however, as it’s available when the transmission is in D, not in manual mode. eBoost, on the other uses the two electric motors to the internal combustion engine’s when needed and is the reason beast never feels ‘Charge’ mode means the brakes are capturing energy would normally be lost the discs, and finally, ‘Drive’ means the X6 is using nothing but the V8 to forward.

The good news is the complicated transmission of power completely unnoticed, showing BMW’s engineers have a tremendous job of blending the vehicle’s and gasoline-fed powerplants. Shifts are smooth and the switch from to hybrid to pure gasoline just happens. You can hear the if you pay close attention and there is an display under the speedometer the battery’s state of charge and or not it is charging up but the best way to tell is happening under the hood is to the drive mode displayed on the info screen.

Even there are two different brake on the X6 ActiveHybrid, don’t look to the pedal to reveal which is The brake pedal is decoupled the actual brake system and simulated feedback to tell the what is happening. Most of the (up to 0.3 Gs), only the electric are used to brake the X6 ActiveHybrid.

In other situations (read: or sudden stop), the standard brakes kick in. The decoupled is meant to make sure the experiences the same feeling at all and it easily passes for the real Because the regenerative brake in the X6 uses both electric it is able to capture about 25 more energy than the other regen systems. isn’t as big a deal as it sounds, BMW’s Brake Energy is fairly wimpy.

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The two 60 kW motors are capable of capturing up to 120 kW of energy, but the can only handle 57 kW.

The X6’s has its fans and detractors, but the Kammback does help the X6 stand out for We can deal with the hood excuse us, PowerDome and the tall end most of the time, but from the design is troubling. Backing-up is and the rearview mirror only to make the back of the car look it’s a million miles Luckily, BMW has installed an almost-magical camera system, which, Infiniti’s Around View uses cameras built the rear end and under the side of the X6.

When driving backwards, an appears on the navigation screen looks like a camera is above the car and showing the close Using this screen and the side mirrors, it’s to back out of a garage or parking safely. Trying to do so just by your head?

Not so much.

we’re still waiting for the official figures, BMW expects the X6 will to achieve 17 mpg in the city, 19 on the and 18 combined. That’s better on the highway) than what the non-hybrid X6 can muster: 15/21/17 for the X6 xDrive35i. A better comparison for the X6 is to the X6 xDrive50i, which also has a V8 and gets 13/18/15.

The X6 ActiveHybrid on sale in the U.S. next and will be built in Spartanburg, Carolina. The starting price is (including an $875 destination and charge), which would it even more expensive the 555-hp X6 M .

In the end, we’re not who will want the X6 ActiveHybrid. likely they’ll be people who own an BMW X5 and want something new with power and no penalty at the pump (at compared to the rest of the X6 lineup). If popularity of big BMWs is any indication, is certainly a market for the X6 ActiveHybrid.

Today, about 20 percent of BMW are X models. Introduced in 1999, the X5 was the first SUV and remains the most with 911,000 sales. The X3 has 554,000 and the X6, introduced just year, has already sold units.

We need more with this big hybrid to be sure, but based on our short the BMW X6 ActiveHybrid will probably not itself on our shopping list. All extra hardware (and and what we expect will be the price of any X6 model is balanced by a marginal gain in MPGs. For us, it’s a laudable technological the value just doesn’t add up.

copyright 2009 Sebastian / Weblogs, Inc.

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