BMW ActiveHybrid X6 Origins
Prior to producing the two ActiveHybrid vehicles, BMW concentrated on other alternative fuels. BMW favored clean diesels and other powertrains when it came to producing cleaner-running and more efficient vehicles. With the production of the ActiveHybrid X6 and the ActiveHybrid 7, BMW enters the luxury hybrid marketplace.About the BMW ActiveHybrid X6
The development of the ActiveHybrid X6 follows a similar route to many of BMW’s competitors. Instead of working with its smaller vehicles, BMW converted one of its larger and less efficient models. By combining the high-power V-8 engine with the pair of electric motors, BMW ensures that the SUV will be efficient both in the city and on the highway, without sacrificing one for the other.
To modify the BMW X6 to its hybrid version, the ActiveHybrid X6 replaces the model’s engine with a two-mode hybrid engine system. Within the ActiveHybrid X6, a V-8 twin turbo engine producing 407 horsepower couples with two electric engines with ratings of 91 horsepower and 86 horsepower. As a result, the output of the SUV maxes out at 485 horsepower, which makes it the most powerful hybrid vehicle available on the market. The goal of the design and development of both the ActiveHybrid X6 and the ActiveHybrid 7 is to produce performance hybrid vehicles.BMW ActiveHybrid X6 Features
The ActiveHybrid X6 is a full hybrid that offers the driver three options for powering the SUV. It can be driven using electric power only, using the gasoline combustion engine only, or using a combination of both the electric motors and the gas combustion engine. If the ActiveHybrid X6 is being driven using electric power only, it can reach a top speed of 37 mph. When driven using solely electric power, the vehicle produces no carbon dioxide emissions due to the fact that no gas is burned.
While the non-hybrid version of the X6 can contain a 4.0-liter, six-cylinder engine or the twin turbo V-8, the ActiveHybrid X6 only comes with the twin turbo V-8 engine. This coupling of the two electric motors with the V-8 engine gives the best fuel economy compared to the non-hybrid X6. The additional power and speed offer an added bonus on top of the improvement in gas mileage and reductions in emissions.
The ActiveHybrid X6 comes with an eight-speed transmission only. As with the non-hybrid version, manual shifting can be done by the driver using the paddles mounted on the steering wheel or the shift stick mounted in the console. Both high- and low-speed mobility improves with the addition of the two electric motors. Also, regenerative braking allows the recapturing of energy, which would otherwise be wasted, to charge the electric motors.
On the BMW ActiveHybrid X6, the electric motors are powered by a nickel-hydride battery pack that sits under the floor of the cargo area. In the non-hybrid X6, this space stores the spare tire. The ActiveHybrid does not come with a spare tire, but instead it gets run-flat tires. The battery pack can be charged when the SUV is not in use or through the energy recovered while driving.
The BMW ActiveHybrid X6 is based on the xDrive50i version of the X6, which is the top-of-the-line model for the X6 Series. As such, it has a five-door liftback body and all-wheel drive. Little differentiates the ActiveHybrid X6 from the xDrive50i. The few differences include a bulge in the hood to make room for the hybrid components, the addition of badges on the hatch and sides of the SUV, and the addition of an information display within the instrument panel.
While the ActiveHybrid X6 weighs more than its non-hybrid counterpart, gas mileage increases to 17/19 mpg city/highway from 13/18 mpg city/highway for its gasoline variant. The stop-start technology included in the ActiveHybrid X6 significantly improves city driving. Using this technology, the engine shuts off and restarts at lights and other times when the vehicle is stopped to limit the amount of time that it idles, so the SUV uses less power during the drive.