BMW X6 ActiveHybrid Launched
To get straight to the point, the car is powered by a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 powerplant that produces as much as 400 horsepower and two electric synchronous units rolling out 91 and 86 horsepower. The combined output totals 480 horsepower and 575 lb-ft of torque, according to official figures provided by BMW. Thanks to these settings, the X6 Hybrid goes from a naught to sixty in 5.4 seconds and is capable of reaching a maximum electronically-limited speed of 130 mph (210 km/h) - only for the US market.
The new X6 releases only 231 grams of CO2 per kilometer and is powered by a 2.4 kWh NiMH battery pack featuring its own cooling liquid for keeping the temperature at the optimum temperature and ensure the best performance at any given time. The batteries are recharged via brake energy regeneration, a system we have seen on many other hybrids on the market.
Another thing worth mentioning is that the car comes with a two-mode active transmission with two electric units, three planetary gearsets and four multi-plate clutches. This way, the car can make use of only one electric unit when running at low speeds, with the second powerplant activated once the driver presses the throttle pedal looking for more power.
Last but not least, the X6 Hybrid can travel on electricity alone, with speeds up to 37 mph (60 km/h). Other highlights include 20-inch lightweight alloy wheels, lightweight braking system, electronic power steering system auto start-stop and tweaked suspension system.
The hybrid is expected to arrive in dealerships later this years, with pricing to be unveiled at a later date.
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