Friday, February 4, 2011

2011 bmw x6

The 2011 BMW X6 offers a new transmission on some models. X6 seats 4, is slightly larger than BMW's 5-Series midsize cars, and features a raised suspension similar to the company's X5 midsize SUV. Conventional X6 models come in three trim levels, each with twin-turbocharged engines and standard all-wheel drive. The xDrive35i has a 300-horsepower 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder, and the xDrive50i has a 400-horsepower 4.4-liter V8. The X6 M uses a 555-horsepower version of the xDrive50i's V8. New for 2011, the xDrive35i and xDrive50i get an 8-speed automatic transmission. The 35i and 50i incorporate BMW's Brake Energy Regeneration System, which is designed to save fuel by limiting to deceleration or braking the time when the alternator charges the battery. The X6 M has a 6-speed automatic. The ActiveHybrid X6 uses a "two-mode" system that teams a 4.4-liter V8 with an electric motor for 480 horsepower total. It, too, has all-wheel drive and can run on one or both of its power sources depending on driving demands. It requires no plug-in charging and has a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that behaves much like an automatic. Maximum towing capacity is 6,000 pounds. Standard on all X6 models is BMW's Dynamic Performance Control, which works with the AWD system to distribute torque between the individual rear wheels. The system is designed to improve steering feel and handling response. Available safety features include ABS, traction control, antiskid system, curtain-side airbags, and front-side airbags. Lane-departure warning is optional, as is adaptive cruise control. Also optional are side- and top-view cameras designed to provide a 360-degree view around the vehicle. Standard on all is BMW's iDrive control system, which uses a console knob to control entertainment, navigation, communication, and climate functions. Heated rear seats are optional. The X6 M has specific suspension tuning and trim. This report is based on evaluations of the 2010 BMW X6.

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Consumer Guide Automotive places each vehicle into one of 18 classes based on size, price, and market position. Premium-Midsize SUVs are similar in size and construction to Midsize SUVs. Most, in fact, are gilded versions of Midsize SUVs; though a few are exclusive upscale designs.

Our Best Buys include the Acura MDX, Buick Enclave, and Lexus RX. Our Recommended pick is the Mercedes-Benz M-Class.

New or significantly redesigned models include the Lincoln MKX, Mercedes-Benz R-Class, Porsche Cayenne, and Volkswagen Touareg. The Porsche Cayenne and Volkswagen Touareg add gas/electric hybrid models to their lineups for 2011.


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