launched to local media in the majestic Mpumalanga two weeks ago and armed with an even more potent design presence and outstanding performance, the new BMW X6 strengthens its position as a leading exponent of exclusive driving pleasure. The second generation of the Sports Activity Coupe, which has already posted global sales of almost 250,000, enjoys a special status among BMW X model rivals thanks to its irresistible allure, intoxicating performance attributes and innovative luxury.
The extrovert design of the new BMW X6 blends the robustness and versatility of a BMW X model with the sporting elegance typical of the brand’s Coupes. The interior combines generous space with model-specific sports features and a luxurious ambience, while attractive design and equipment packages further highlight the exclusive style of the new BMW X6. The Design Pure Extravagance equipment package adds striking, high-quality accents to both the interior and the exterior. The M Sport package, meanwhile, includes specially selected features that enhance the vehicle’s dynamic character to immediately eye-catching effect. Also available from launch are model-specific features from BMW Individual.
The new BMW X6 additionally comes with a suitably exclusive roster of standard equipment which goes well beyond that of the previous model: bi-xenon headlights, 19-inch light-alloy wheels, automatic tailgate operation and the 8-speed Steptronic sport transmission with steering wheel shift paddles are all included, as are leather trim, two-zone climate control, auto-dimming rear-view mirror and BMW ConnectedDrive. Lending functionality an extra boost are the 40 : 20 : 40 split/folding rear seat backrests, which allow load compartment capacity to expand from 580 litres to as much as 1,525 litres (75 litres more than the predecessor model).
Majestic performance: noticeably greater dynamic ability, fuel consumption cut by up to 22 per cent, intelligent all-wheel drive permanently active.
The line-up of engines available from the launch of the new BMW X6 (fuel consumption combined: 9.7 – 6.2 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 225 – 163 g/km) consists of the latest-generation V8 developing 330 kW for the BMW X6 xDrive50i, a 230 kW six-cylinder in-line diesel engine for the BMW X6 xDrive40d and another straight-six diesel with three turbochargers and 280 kW in the BMW X6 M50d as well as the 225kW entry-level six-cylinder petrol engine for the BMW X6 xDrive35i. Ensuring that the noticeably increased performance of the new BMW X6 is accompanied by an up to 22 per cent reduction in average fuel consumption are BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, the standard-fitted eight-speed Steptronic sport transmission, extensive BMW EfficientDynamics technology, weight-saving optimisations and enhanced aerodynamics.
The standard – and permanently active – intelligent all-wheel-drive system BMW xDrive optimises traction, directional stability and cornering dynamics, as the situation requires. For improved dynamics, xDrive can optionally link up with adaptive suspension packages, including Dynamic Performance Control.
Chassis packages raise levels of sportiness and comfort, as desired.
Dynamic Performance Control is offered together with Dynamic Drive active roll stabilisation as part of the Dynamic adaptive suspension package to deliver a targeted improvement in the car’s sporty handling attributes. Further enhanced ride comfort can be achieved courtesy of air suspension at the rear axle and Dynamic Damper Control, which are included in both the Comfort adaptive suspension package (standard on the BMW X6 xDrive50i) and Adaptive M suspension (standard on the BMW X6 M50d and part of the M Sport package for the other model variants), which also offers bespoke, sports-oriented suspension tuning. The Professional adaptive suspension package, meanwhile, combines the features of Comfort and Dynamic.
Innovative options and BMW ConnectedDrive features.
Adaptive LED headlights, Comfort Access (including hands-free tailgate opening and closing – not available with Exterior Design Pure Extravagance) and other high-class options underline the innovative character of the new BMW X6. Driving pleasure and long-distance comfort, meanwhile, can be further enhanced by features including the Navigation System Professional with Touch Controller (standard on xDrive50i and M50d), Bang & Olufsen high-end surround-sound system and new Rear Entertainment System Professional.
The wide variety of features available through BMW ConnectedDrive includes a – in some cases – unique range of driver assistance systems and mobility services. Available on the options list are items such as the BMW Head-Up Display (standard in xDrive50i and M50d), Driving Assist Plus, the BMW Parking Assist, Surround View (standard in xDrive50i and M50d) and BMW Night Vision with Dynamic Light Spot and Speed Limit Info (standard on the xDrive50i and M50d). BMW ConnectedDrive Services and the Intelligent Emergency Call function is part of standard specifications for the new BMW X6.