The first-generation BMW X6 (E71) set the standards in the luxury coupe SUV when it first made its debut in 2008. So much so that everyone, even Porsche, now has a sleeker version of their flagship SUV but no one has managed to blend the DNA of an SUV and a coupe quite as beautifully as BMW does.
With sales of 443,000 units worldwide across the first two generations, the all-new G06 BMW X6 with its larger footprint, refreshed design and advanced tech, pens the third chapter in the BMW X6 story.
The new Sports Activity Coupe (SAV), BMW speak for Coupe SUVs, now measures 4,935 mm in length (+26 mm), 2,004 mm in width (+15 mm) and 1,696 mm in height (-6 mm). The wheelbase has also been extended by 42 mm to 2,975 mm, benefiting the interior packaging. Despite being the largest X6 ever, the new model has a much lower centre of gravity than its immediate predecessor.
Being based on the G05 X5, the two shares the same imposing look at the front. Except on the X6, you get the option for an illuminated kidney grille that forms part of the daytime running lights function. Why illuminated grille you ask? No other reason other than its uber cool.
The same can’t be said for the busy rear profile. BMW has gone to town with the design in hopes of setting the X6 apart from the smaller X4. As a result, you find layers upon layers of panels stack upon each other to form a “sporty” look.
There are three model variants at launch – Sport, M Sport and M Performance all with their unique set of body kit. On M Sport cars you get 21-inch alloys, M Sport exhaust systems and M Sport brakes with blue-painted callipers.
M Performance model builds upon the M Sport with M Bicolour Cerium Grey exterior trims, M Sport differential, Adaptive M suspension and 22-inch alloy wheels. We wonder if you could actually go off-road with those wheels…
The cabin design is as what you get on the X5 and X7 with LCD displays for the instrument cluster and infotainment system powered by BMW Operating System 7.0, Vernasca leather upholstery and Sports Seats.
New to the X6 is the optional Sky Lounge panoramic sunroof that has an 83% larger surface than before and has 15,000 illuminated graphic elements that lights up the sky in six different colours. The optionally available 1,500W 20-speaker Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System also lights up according to the ambient lighting colour.
Because of its Coupe body, the X6 remains a five-seater configuration but thanks to the increased wheelbase, passengers at the back now enjoys a more generous leg room. Boot space however remains at 580 litres, expandable to 1,525 litres with the rear seats (40:20:40 split) folded down.
At launch the X6 is available in four powertrain choices – xDrive30d, xDrive40i, M50d and M50i, all paired to the xDrive all-wheel-drive system and 8-speed automatic transmission. The 3.0-litre straight-six turbodiesel on the xDrive30d develops 265 hp and 520 Nm while the xDrive40i’s straight-six turbo petrol packs 340 hp and 450 Nm. Century sprint takes 6.5 seconds and 5.5 seconds, respectively.
The M50d also has a 3.0-litre straight-six diesel with four turbochargers generating 400 hp and 760 Nm of torque allowing the X6 M50d to dust the century sprint in 5.2 seconds. The M50i is the only variant that comes with a 4.4-litre turbocharged V8 making 530 hp and 750 Nm of twist. It is also the quickest to 100 km/h at 4.3 seconds with a top speed of 250 km/h.
If you are one of the rare owners who would like to take the X6 off the beaten track, BMW offers the optional xOffroad package to ensure the X6 can claw itself out of muddy situation. The package includes a dedicated air suspension setting, electrically controlled rear differential lock and a recalibrated DSC system.
On driver assistance systems X6 comes with Collision and Pedestrian Warning with City Braking (Autonomous Emergency Braking) as standard, however, features such as Active Cruise Control with Stop and Go, Speed Limit Info, Driving Assistant Professional semi-autonomous driving are optional items.
G06 BMW X6 M50i xDrive Debuts