2015 BMW X6 REVEALED
The second generation of BMW’s niche-making X6 ‘Sports Activity Coupe’ has made its official debut today, ahead of a December launch.
Building on the look of the outgoing model, this new X6 again showcases the coupe-like profile that made its predecessor a global success.
The big new ‘Bimmer’ also takes a number of styling cues from its sibling the new X5, with large new headlights set flanking the familiar kidney grille.
Those similarities again extend into the cabin, where both large SUVs share a similar two-tier dash dominated by a broad tablet-like display in the centre.
The new X6 will make its European debut in December, launching with the 190kW/560Nm xDrive30d and 330kW/650Nm 4.4 litre turbo V8 xDrive50i models, along with the muscly 280kW/740Nm triple-turbo X6 M50d.
Early in 2015, the range will expand to include the 225kW xDrive35i and the 230kW xDrive40d.
As always, the xDrive bade denotes an all-wheel-drive layout, although a new sDrive35i model will also be offered in some markets.
BMW claims a 0-100km/h time of just 4.8 seconds for the V8 xDrive50i model, while the six-cylinder turbo xDrive35i boasts a still sharp time of 6.4 seconds.
With the X6 M50d, BMW promises a 0-100km/h time of 5.2 seconds, marking a 0.1 second improvement over its predecessor.
Official fuel consumption figures for the European combined-cycle vary from 6.0 to 9.7 l/100km.
In the case of the xDrive50i, its new fuel consumption figures of 9.7 l/100km represents a 22 percent improvement over its counterpart in the outgoing range.
For the X6 M50d, fuel use is listed at 6.6 l/100km, representing a 14 percent improvement.
Depending on the model, features include a head-up display, Selective Beam headlights and BMW Night Vision, the latter detecting obstacles in the road and displaying a real-time image of people and animals.
Poplar wood, fineline oak, brushed aluminium and pearl gloss chrome highlights abound, and the familiar xLine and M Sport personalisation packs also feature.
BMW’s ConnectedDrive Office system is also standard, offering hands-free access to email, appointments, contacts, calendar and more. A dictation function can also convert spoken notes to text, which can then be sent as an SMS or email message.
Storage capacity in the new X6 is listed at 580 litres with the new 40:20:40 split-fold rear seats upright, expanding to 1525 litres when laid flat.
An automatic tailgate is also featured as standard across the range and can be opened or closed from a button on the key fob or from the dash.
NOTE: Finer details, including interior head, shoulder and leg room, are still be to revealed.
With a European launch set to occur in December, watch for the new X6 to make its Australian debut in the first half of 2015.