It’s clear enough that BMW’s X6 ActiveHybrid is far from being a regular hybrid. In fact, the only connection to the hybrid world is its powertrain configuration, as it incorporates the traditional electric motors and a battery pack which, in conjunction with a combustion engine, turn a regular vehicle into a hybrid. However, BMW tried a different approach and, although it tried to keep fuel consumption and emission figures to a pretty low level, its goal was fairly different from what we, the consumers, expected.
BMW’s intention was to implement two electric motors to make the X6 a bit more powerful. If the company could do that while cutting emissions and improving efficiency, why not? This is actually how BMW managed to kill two birds with one stone. Still, there are several unanswered questions from fans of the German brands around the world.
So, presuming a consumer wants to purchase an X6 ActiveHybrid because, after all, it’s a hybrid, so it could actually be a smart investment and save some money usually spent on fuel. Well, why not choose a diesel engine in the X6 range? Fuel consumption could drop even more and the amount of money to be paid would be a bit smaller. In this scenario, the buyer would neglect power and choose efficiency.
In the second scenario, an interested customer would choose power detrimental to efficiency. Once again, a major question: why not choose the M version of the X6? More power, at a slightly bigger price but, in the end, he’s looking for power, isn’t he? This time, the buyer choose power and forgets about efficiency.
That being said, X6 ActiveHybrid seems to be a compromise. A compromise that after all tries to offer both under a single body. 485 horsepower and a fuel consumption rating that could be or could not be considered acceptable for a hybrid model that could hit sixty in a blink of an eye.
The good part of the car is the hybrid powertrain and the power it unleashes. 485 horsepower should be enough, although BMW produced several more powerful models, so only X6 fans should actually be impressed with it.
The bad is surely the fuel consumption estimates. Regardless if we’re talking about hybrids or not, we’re living during a recession period, so carmakers should be more focused on efficiency and emissions. Sure, it it generally said that if you’re going to pay more than 100,000 Euros for a car, you should be worried about fuel consumption. Still, that hybrid badge might have a deeper meaning than an extra boost of power...
The ugly side remains its design. Whether you consider it beautiful or ugly, the X6 ActiveHybrid retains the regular X6 unconventional design. A so-called coupe that’s not a coupe produced under a muscular, sporty and aggressive body. Should this be the new meaning of the term hybrid?Continue reading