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The Mercury Cars Guide : July 25th 2009
8— Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, July 25, 2009 Fastest4WDhybrid under way Theperformance benchmarkfor hybrid vehicles willbe raised this year with BMW’sstunningnew all-wheel drive. PaulGoverreports top speed of the Mercedes S-Class hybrid but significantly undercut- ting its 0-100km/h sprint ability with a 5.6-second mark. B The X6 hybrid—now officially called the BMW ActiveHybrid X6 — is now committed for produc- tion by the end of the year, although there is no plan yet to bring it to Australia. The new SUV is a full hybrid, capable of running on batteries alone at speeds up to 60km/h for around three kilometres, and was developed as part of a technology partnership between BMW, Mercedes-Benz and General Mo- tors. GM already has three hybrid models in production and Benz is coming with a V6-powered hybrid ML, but those are only rear-wheel drive. ‘‘Ours is an all-wheel drive vehicle, with a different transmis- sion. ‘‘This is a full hybrid, capable of driving electrically,’’ says An- dreas Lampka, spokesman for the X6 hybrid program, sitting in Atlanta alongside the car. And there is another difference. ‘‘It’s a performance hybrid as well. ‘‘It’s going to be the fastest four- wheel-drive hybrid in the world,’’ Lampka says. ‘‘The S-Class hybrid is already governed to 250km/h and ours will also go 250.’’ But it will be about 5.6 seconds to 100km/h. The mechanical package uses the regular 4.4-litre V8 from the X6, with a two-mode, seven-speed automatic transmission. A pair of 67-kilowatt electric motors is fitted inside the drive system. The electric controller sits over the engine in the nose, there is a giant nickel-metal-hydride battery pack — manufactured by GM — in the boot, and a special monitor- ing program in the iDrive system. The big visual change is a power bulge in the bonnet, to clear the hybrid controller, although there are also unique wheels and hybrid badges on the sides. The hybrid components add around 200kg to the X6’s weight, meaning the petrol-electric model will come in around 2600kg. The same system will also be used for the hybrid version of the luxury 7 Series, which is coming in 2010. But the X6 will be out first. ‘‘It will be this year,’’ Lampka says, outlining the sales strategy. ‘‘It’s a niche product, as any X6 is a niche product, but we don’t have a limited amount. ‘‘We’re going to have them and if the market demands them then we will build them. ‘‘We say it is going to be available worldwide, depending on the market. Not just theUSand Europe. But selected countries, obviously. Get in front with DJ Kia Rio LX $13, 490 OR$7* ø Easy fi nance available with DJ Financial Services DRIVE AWAY per day 275 MAIN ROAD GLENORCHY PH:6213 3315 • Remote central locking • dual airb rbags • air condition oning • CDplayer • power steeri5ing • 5-year unlimited kilometre warranty • excellent fuel effi ciency (only 6.8 litres per 100km or 41mpg! #) Metallic/Mica paint as shown $400 extra† *To approved business clients only, with a $2,500 deposit over fi ve years with a 30% residual payment, effective interest rate 9.75% (full details available at dealership). øPrice includes $1,595 dealer delivery fee and statutory charges. Excludes fl eet and government sales. # Fuel consumption guide in accordance with ADR 81/01.† Recommended retail price. AFTER HOURS: Brian Anning 0418 531 853, Allan Gebel 0428 729 659, Chris Wakefield 0400 635 446 email@example.com MW plans to revolution- ise hybrid motoring with a petrol-electric X6, matching the 250km/h ALL-WHEELDRIVE:ThenewBMW ActiveHybridX6SUVisafull hybrid, andcan runonbatteries-onlypower atupto60km/h. heft, the other bad news for the ActiveHybrid X6 — if it does come to Australia — is the price. It will be a considerable premium ‘ Apart from its heft, the other bad news for the ActiveHybrid X6 —if it does come to Australia—is the price. ’ ‘‘It will be a considerable pre- mium. We want to make money with our hybrids. ‘‘Most of the hybrids today are heavily subsidised but we want to make money, and that’s why we had the co-operation with Daim- lerChrysler and General Motors.’’ Full details of theHybridX6will come towards the end of the year, when BMW will also reveals its plans for the 7 Series. Apart from its 5-DOOR MANUAL HATCH
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