Although we aren’t sure if a body style called “Coupe-SUV” existed before 2007, there’s no denying the fact that it’s the BMW X6 which sort of “revolutionized” that niche segment. These Coupe-SUVs prioritize style over practicality and the buyers are fully aware of their shortcomings; the fact that every manufacturer wants to have one in their portfolio is a proof that a lot of buyers find them rather desirable.
The 3rd generation X6 is here to once again try and seduce the segment. It has grown by 26 mm in length over the outgoing model (to 4,935 mm) and by 15 mm in width (to 2,004 mm). However, the height of 1,696 mm is 6 mm lower than before. The good news is that the wheelbase is up by 42 mm and now measures 2,975 mm.
Despite being bigger, the designers have gone a bit easy with the X6’s kidney grille, thanks to those never-ending X7 and 7 Series grille memes and jokes. In other words, the grille is relatively smaller. As an option, BMW is offering illumination for the grille, which is activated by opening or closing the car, while the driver can switch it on and off manually too and can also be turned on while driving.
LED headlights are standard while the buyers can go for Adaptive LEDs or Laserlight technology with Selective Beam. As standard, the X6 is fitted with 19-inch light-alloy wheels, while up to 22-inches are available as an option. The X6 M50i and X6 M50d variants come with 21-inch light-alloy wheels as standard. The M Sport package adds high-gloss black elements and brakes with blue-painted calipers. The M carbon exterior mirror caps and a rear spoiler likewise in carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) are available at a later date.
The sloping roofline at the rear is 12 mm lower than the predecessor, however, do notice the double-bubble created for better rear headroom. The wide, L-shaped LED taillights emphasize the muscular shoulders. The rectangular-ish tailpipe trims do house actual exhaust tailpipes.
As with all the latest BMWs, the interior layout is pretty much similar. Standard features include Vernasca leather upholstery, sports seats with electric adjustability and heating, 2.5-zone automatic climate control, ambient lighting, Live Cockpit Professional, and BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant.
As you might expect, the options list is also big, which includes Sky Lounge panoramic glass roof, glass applications for select controls, 4-zone climate control, Ambient Air package, thermoelectric cup holders, 20-speaker Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System, wireless charging, and Multifunction seats with a choice of features such as seat ventilation and massage function.
M Sport package gets carbon fibre trim pieces
Buyers can also go for Integral Active Steering, two-axle air suspension with automatic self-leveling, and M differential lock at the rear axle. Those opting for xOffroad package get the aforementioned two-axle air suspension and an electronically controlled rear differential lock. The “Sports Activity Coupe” comes as standard with Dynamic Damper Control. There is also the Adaptive M suspension Professional with active roll stabilization.
Safety and assistance systems as standard include Cruise Control with braking function, Collision and Pedestrian Warning with City Braking function, and Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function. Depending on the market, the Driving Assistant Professional gets Steering and Lane Control Assistant, Traffic Jam Assistant, Lane Keeping Assistant, Lane Change Assistant, and Emergency Stop Assistant.
Parking Assistant, Reversing Assistant, and Parking Assistant Plus with Top View, Panorama View and 3D View are some of the other assistance systems.
At launch, the new X6 will be available as X6 M50i (4.4L V8), X6 xDrive 40i (3.0L in-line 6), X6 M50d (3.0L in-line 6), and X6 xDrive 30d (3.0L in-line 6) variants. All X6 models come as standard with an 8-speed Steptronic automatic transmission. The rear-biased xDrive system once again splits drive torque between the front and rear wheels variably and as the situation demands. In situations that do not require all-wheel drive, the drive can be channeled entirely to the rear wheels for efficiency.
The 4,395 cc V8 TwinPower Turbo petrol engine in the M50i develops 390 kW (530 hp) between 5500-6000 rpm and 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) of torque between 1800-4600 rpm. This one is claimed to sprint from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.3 seconds while the top speed is limited to 250 km/h (155 mph).
The M50d’s 2,993 cc in-line 6-cylinder diesel engine offers 294 kW (400 hp) at 4400 rpm and 760 Nm (561 lb-ft) of torque between 2000-3000 rpm. A 0-100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration time of 5.2 seconds isn’t bad either. Here too, the top speed is limited to 250 km/h (155 mph).