BMW X6 Overview
It’s a Sports Activity Coupé. Yes that is one term that still made little sense to me when BMW first launched the original X6 in 2008. 260,000 units later and it still doesn’t. But clearly my opinion doesn’t count; given the success BMW has had with it. It’s a big hulk of an SUV, with full-size SUV proportions – well nearly! Because the roofline tapers down sharply into a coupé like stance. The first time I saw it, I could only think of a vicious Doberman that is always missing its tail! But the second generation is now here, and it arrives 6 years after the first one – which is enough time to get used to the shape I suppose.
The timing of this 2nd gen is crucial for BMW, as it arrives before the competition does. Given BMW’s success, Mercedes-Benz is all set to rollout the MLC or ML Coupé. Yes it’s essentially the ML Class with a coupé roof! But we will discuss that car at another time and place. Today I am in Spartanburg, SC, in the US of A, to drive the new X6. Spartanburg is where BMW has had a plant for 20 years, and since 2008, its been exclusively making the X models only.
BMW X6 Design
The BMW X5 has a lot going for it. It is the evolution of BMW’s design language through and through and even wears the largest BMW kidney grille to date. That grille is also a one-piece unit that obviously put engineers to the test when it came to updating the design without sacrificing the iconic look. As such, the new X6 will get that same look. It will also feature the same headlights with half hexagonal LEDs, the big (and fake) corner intakes, and the revised air dam that gives it a sportier and more luxurious look.
These renderings depict the same general body lines found on the X5, making the next-gen X6 appear identical below the waist. But, take that with a grain of salt as BMW my changing things up just a little bit. What will really set it apart is the coupe-style roof, which will carry a slightly more aggressive slant due to the longer and wider body. The rear glass will also be a bit larger for that very same reason.
The rear end is where things get a little funky, though as the same hatch from the X5 can’t carry over. If BMW goes with the same exact styling as seen here, the rear hatch will look very weird with a 90-degree bend at the waistline. Expect to see BMW compensate here by making the lower portion of the hatch shorter. This could leave room for a different rear fascia that is taller and maybe even more aggressive.
The other thing that remains questionable is whether or not the X6 will get a rise in ride height as the X5 did. It’s designed as a high-sitting coupe, but the extra ride height could make it even more awkward than it already is. With the slightly lower roofline, and maybe even a slight drop in suspension the next-gen X6 could actually look pretty sporty. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.
BMW X6 Cabin
It’s more than likely that the BMW will carry over about 95-percent of the X5’s interior unaltered. So, it’ll get the same revised, smooth dash with trim that stands out and the digital instrument cluster as standard. The center console will probably carry over its one-piece design as well. Where things will change is behind the front seats. The same or similar door trim panels will be in place but, because of that sloping roofline, headspace back here will be reduced a bit. There’s also no third row of seats.
The thing is, however, that the design of the new X5 brought about a difference in cargo room in the rear, with a significant decrease according to the initially released press information. This occurred because of the lower roof and the addition of some new tech in the rear, so it’s quite possible that the X6 could also see a significant drop in space as well. Maybe not so much but it’s still possible. For BMW X6 visit pasear-w
BMW X6 Performance
Expect the X6 to drop the 35i trim and carry on its next run at life with the 40i being the entry-level model. Power output should mirror that of the X5, too will the 40i delivering 340 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque. The 50i name will carry over but will deliver a slight increase in power as well, bring total output up to 462 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. The 40i will use the usual inline-six configuration and will be paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 50i gets the same transmission but is, of course, a V-8.
There will also be two diesel engines available, however, these weren’t available in the U.S. with the current-gen model so they too may be limited to other markets this time around. I’m talking about the 30d trim with a diesel-drinking inline-six that’s good for 265 horsepower and the V-8 50d with 400 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque. Don’t hold your breath on these to cross the pond but if you live anywhere in Europe, they should be a prime offering.
As far as towing goes, the X6 has traditionally offered the same capacity as the X5, so you can expect to haul as much as 2,700 kg or about 6,000 pounds. Because of the X6’s sleeker design and the new active grille system, the X6 may end up being a little more fuel efficient this time around though, so it will definitely have that going for it. Expect total payload numbers to carry over unchanged, which should be fine given the limited space in the boot.
BMW X6 Rideing
Dynamically, both these SUVs feel more cultured, rather than nerve-wracking. They ride on an electronically controlled front and air suspension at the rear. They also sit around 10mm lower than the standard models. The Drive Select system allows you to alter their character, with more direct throttle and heavier steering in Dynamic mode and more absorbent damping in Comfort setting. The cars ride on 20-inch standard Pirelli P Zero tyres and the amount of grip they offer is staggering.
You can carry loads of speed through the fast corners and these SUVs only feel heavy and ungainly in the slower corners. Even the intelligent all-wheel-drive system give them loads of traction and helps put all the 567 horses down with minimal drama. However, the steering, though nicely weighted, lacks the ultimate feedback and feels slightly artificial. The X6 M like its appearance feels sportier than the X5 with a sharper turn-in and in general, it feels more agile. Both these cars felt quite stiffly sprung, but we can only tell you more when we drive them on the road. The braking power comes from the huge M-spec brakes and they felt reassuring with good pedal feel.
BMW X6 Safety
Among the safety features on offing six airbags, stability control, traction control, dynamic stability control including dynamic traction control, cornering brake control, side impact protection, engine vehicle immobilizer, crash sensor and hill descent control are included.
Bmw X6 On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 1,11,86,718 to 2,16,65,688 for variants X6 xDrive 35i M Sport and X6 M STD respectively. Bmw X6 is available in 3 variants and 9 colours. Below are details of Bmw X6 variants price in Hyderabad. Check for X6 price in Hyderabad at Carzprice.
BMW X6 Verdict
Good things don’t come cheap, and in the case of these two SUVs this statement is more than true. The X6 M is priced at Rs 1.6 crore and the X5 M at Rs 1.55 crore. While the X5 M scores highly in terms of practicality with its big boot and comfortable cabin, the X6 M on the other hand scores a big zero. It is a bit cramped and even the boot is tiny as compared to the X5. But then it looks different and it surely packs more appeal than the X5.
But where both these SUVs excel is in the way they can outrun most sports cars and stand out of the crowd in most parking lots. But what’s really appealing is the fact that these cars can feel at home on a smooth race track as they can on our rough roads.