Looking at the 2011 BMW X6


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Reports based on the evaluations of the 2010 BMW X6 say that this lineup will be giving new transmissions on some of its models. The X6 seats a total of four passengers, being a bit bigger than the midsize cars of the BMW 5-series. It also features a higher suspension, just like BMW’s X5 midsized SUVs.

Basically, the X6 vehicles are available in three different levels. Each of these levels comes with twin-turbocharged engines as well as an all-wheel drive, which are standard.

2011 BMW X6 Looking at the 2011 BMW X6

Powering the xDrive 35i is a 3.0 liter 6-cylinder engine with 300 hp, while the xDrive 50i runs with 400 hp 4.4 liter V8 engine.

As mentioned before, there are new transmissions. This refers to the 8-speed automatic transmissions that come with the 2011 xDrive 35i and xDrive 50i models. These two models also incorporate the BMW’s brake Energy Regeneration System, so that the vehicle conserves fuel by only allowing the alternator to charge the battery when the vehicle decelerates or comes to a complete halt.

The engine of the X6 M is similar to that of the xDrive 50i’s V8, but with 555 hp. It also has a 6-speed automatic. There’s a “two-mode” function for the ActiveHybrid X6, combining a 4.4 liter V8 and an electric-powered motor which totals to 480 hp. The ActiveHybrid also has an all-wheel drive system as well as the capability to run on either one or both power sources to suit the current driving conditions. It has a CVT or continuously variable transmission, which is meant to behave just like an automatic. Its maximum towing capacity is 6k lbs.

All X6 models have the Dynamic Performance Control most BMWs have. It works with the all-wheel drive system to spread evenly torque between each of the rear wheels. It is generally meant to make steering easier in terms of feel and response.

As far as safety features are concerned, the X6 has in its standard features antilock brake system or ABS, antiskid system, traction control, airbags in front, and airbags in the curtain-side.

Optional safety features include the lane-departure warning and the adaptive cruise control.

Other standard features include the iDrive control system of the BMW. It’s meant to allow the driver to customize navigation, communication, climate, and entertainment settings through a console knob.

Optional features of the vehicle include the heated rear seats. Side and top-view cameras, designed to give the driver a 360 view of around the vehicle, is an optional feature as well.

Lastly, the X6 M comes with its specific trim and suspension tuning.

The reports mentioned that the BMW X6, specifically the xDrive 351i with 20-inch wheels and a Sports package was subjected to testing conducted by experts. Results showed that it garnered a total score of 59.

Criteria used to evaluate the vehicle included acceleration, fuel economy, ride quality, steering/handling/braking, quietness, controls, details front and rear comfort, cargo room, and overall value within its class. The model scored the highest in acceleration, detail, and front room comfort.

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