New BMW X6 brings new engines and tech, plus a light-up grille

New BMW X6 brings new engines and tech, plus a light-up grille
New BMW X6 brings new engines and tech, plus a light-up grille

BMW has revealed details of the latest version of its X6 “Sports Activity Coupe”.

The frankly weird-looking high-riding swoopy-roofed four-door 4×4 coupe thing is now into its third generation and brings a slightly larger body, new engines and new technology along with revised styling.

It’s still clearly an X6, with a strange mix of low fastback-style roofline atop deep doors and wings, all propped up on massive wheels and an SUV-like ride height.

BMW X6

At the front the instantly recognisable kidney grille is present, correct and large. It’s not as disproportionately massive as on the new X7 and 7 Series but makes up for it by coming with optional illumination.

Under the skin, the X6 offers a choice of four engines – two petrol and two diesel with outputs ranging from a healthy 261bhp in the xDrive30d to a silly 522bhp in the M50i.

In between these two sit the straight-six xDrive40i petrol with 335bhp and a 0-62mph time of 5.5 seconds, and M50d with 295bhp and a 5.2-seconds 0-62mph time. BMW claims economy of up to 46mpg for the 30d, 41mpg for the M50d and 35mpg for the 40i.

BMW X6

The new 4.4-litre V8 in the M50i features two twin-scroll turbos to help it produce its massive power, 553lb/ft of torque and a 62mph sprint of just 4.3 seconds. Official economy is around 27mpg.

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All models come with all-wheel-drive as standard and an eight-speed automatic gearbox and adaptive air suspension. The M Performance M50i also gets its own adaptive suspension setup and M Sport differential and rear-wheel-steering an an off-road pack are available as options.

Priced from £59,340, the X6 comes in three variants: Sport, M Sport and M Performance.

BMW X6 interior

Standard specification on the Sport includes full leather upholstery, sports seats 19-inch alloys and 2.5-zone automatic climate control. Parking assistance is also standard along with driver aids such as cruise control, collision detection warning and city braking.

Optional extras are plentiful, with a 20-speaker Bowers & Wilkins stereo four-zone climate, heated/cooled cupholders a patterned Sky Lounge panoramic sunroof, eight-fragrance “ambient air” system and fancier leather available.

More useful features such as advanced driver assist with adaptive cruise, lane change assist that will steer into another lane when prompted via the indicator stalk and emergency stop assist that can bring the car to a stop if the driver is incapacitated.

Order books are open now, with deliveries expected from November.

BMW X6 grille

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