Jonathan Burn 2019-07-02 23:01
The third-generation BMW X6 is the largest yet and debuts the German brand’s new illuminated kidney grille
Based on the same architecture as the lastest X5, the new X6 is now longer (+26mm) and wider (+15mm) than the model it replaces and marginally lower (-6mm). BMW says this has lowered the car’s centre of gravity and, combined with the wider front track (+44mm), should improve the car’s handling.
The X6 retains its trademark coupe-SUV design with a roofline that tapers aggressively from the B-pillar. Unique horizontal tail lamps, that almost stretch the entire width of the rear end, are a further point of difference over the regular X5 SUV.
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Another new feature is the illuminated kidney grille at the front, which lights up when the driver opens and closes the car. It can also be switched on manually, or turned off completely, while driving.
Four engines are offered in the X6: two petrols and two diesels. The range starts with the X6 xDrive 30d Sport (£59,340), which makes use of a 262bhp 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel engine developing 620Nm of torque. BMW says 0-62mph takes 6.5 seconds. The petrol-powered alternative is badged the X6 xDrive 40i Sport ( £60,320), which uses a more powerful 336bhp 3.0-litre turbocharged six-cylinder, developing 450Nm of torque. It takes a claimed 5.5 seconds to get from 0-62mph.
The flagship models are the M50d (£74,335) and M50i (£76,870). The diesel version is powered by a 395bhp 3.0-litre quad-turbo six-cylinder. BMW says it develops 760Nm of torque and should crack 0-62mph in 5.2 seconds. The most powerful model in the range is the M50i, making use of a 524bhp 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8, developing 750Nm of torque. It will hit 0-62mph in 4.3 seconds.
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All versions come as standard with BMW’s xDrive four-wheel drive system and an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Other standard kit across the range includes leather trim, adaptive two-axle air suspension, 19-inch alloys, a sports leather steering wheel, gesture control, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and wireless charging.
On top of that the M50d and M50i models also feature larger 21-inch M light alloy wheels, an M Sport braking system, M Sport exhaust and M Sport steering wheel. Buyers can also upgrade to M Performance spec, which brings even larger 22-inch alloys, and M Sport differential, adaptive M suspension and a Harman Kardon surround sound system.
The cabin of the X6 is carried over wholesale from BMW’s latest SUVs and features the firm’s 7.0 iDrive infotainment system operated via a 12.3-inch display on the dash. Despite being larger than before, boot capacity remains unchanged at 50 litres. Dropping the 40:20:40 rear bench increases space to 1,525 litres.
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