BMW's Two-Mode X6 Hybrid
BMW has traditionally been known as a performance-oriented European automaker and that tradition is about to get an electric-boost.
Later this year, BMW will begin offering to sale -- price not yet announced -- its first full gasoline-electric hybrid based on the two-mode hybrid transmission it co-developed with General Motors, Chrysler and Mercedes.
The X6 will mate a 400hp BMW V-8 engine to a pair electric motors rated at 60kW within the hybrid transmission. Considered by BMW a 'coupe', the conventional, non-hybrid X6 is a four-door sport sedan that starts at $52,000 and is powered by a 300 hp V-6 engine. The more powerful hybrid model clearly is going to pack a punch when it comes to acceleration. Fuel economy is expected, according to Wieland Bruck in this exclusive EV World Television interview, to be about 20% better than the standard X6, despite the additional pair of cylinders.
Like GM's own two-mode hybrids, the X6 will be able to move under electric power only at lower speeds, drawing power from its NiMH battery pack.
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