With over 443,000 units sold globally through two generations since its introduction ten years ago, the BMW X6 has – despite its divisive looks – been a sales success for the Bavarian automaker.
Now in its third generation, BMW’s large SUV/coupe is more sculpted, more powerful, and loaded with more tech than ever before – due in part to its new underpinnings. It now rides on the same BMW Cluster Architecture (CLAR) as its more traditionally-shaped SUV sibling, the X5.
The new X6 is 26mm longer than the outgoing model and 15mm wider. It stands 6mm lower with a 44mm wider front track. The car’s wheelbase has increased by 42mm and the new model also has a lower centre of gravity than its predecessor.
In terms of in-car tech, the X6 gets the latest version of BMW’s Live Cockpit with iDrive. That includes a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 12.3-inch central touchscreen, ripe with standard and optional features like the "Hey, BMW" voice assistant, advanced gesture controls, wifi connectivity, wireless charging, and wireless Apple CarPlay compatibility.
Making its BMW debut, the new BMW X6 will be available with an optional illuminated BMW kidney grille, which forms part of the daytime running light system. It may be deactivated via the iDrive menu.
From launch the new BMW X6 will be available in three familiar model variants: Sport, M Sport and M Performance. Standard equipment on the Sport version includes Adaptive two-axle air suspension, a Sport leather steering wheel and aluminium detailing.
The new platform also facilitates new powertrains. The entry-level xDrive 30d and xDrive 40i models deploy BMW's twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre inline-six, producing 261hp and 335hp, respectively.
The range-topper in the diesel line-up is the 395hp M50d with a whopping 761Nm of torque developed from its four – yes, FOUR – turbochargers. It’ll take 5.2 seconds to get to 62mph and its top speed it set at 155mph. Mean fuel consumption is 39 - 41mpg with CO2 emissions of 190 - 181g/km.
The more-powerful M50i model gets BMW's twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 instead. In the X6 the engine produces 523hp and 750Nm of torque, an increase of 78hp and 100Nm over its predecessor. It takes the M50i just 4.3 seconds to hit 62mph (0.5 seconds quicker than its predecessor), and it will continue on to a limited top speed of 155mph.
Both the inline-six and V8 versions of the X6 utilise the same eight-speed automatic transmission found elsewhere in the BMW line-up. A double-wishbone front and five-link rear suspension help make the X6 more agile and an optional ‘dynamic handling’ package adds performance upgrades like active roll stabilisation and active steering. The former uses electric swivel motors to reduce body roll, while active steering turns the rear wheels, in or out depending on speed and road conditions, to counteract slippage.
If you want your X6 to go bush, it can...and willingly. The xDrive 40i model comes with an optional off-road package. The additional kit adds dual-axle air suspension, an electronically controlled M Sport rear differential, and four specially designed off-road driving modes for different terrains: snow, sand, gravel, or rocks.
The new BMW X6 SUV is available to order now, with first deliveries expected in November, 2019.
To register your interest in leasing the all-new 2020 BMW X6 in advance of its late 2019 arrival, please call our friendly and helpful sales team on 0161 826 9716.