BMW has revealed the X6, the coupe-styled version of the brand’s X5 large SUV.
Visually, the X6 grafts the latest X5’s sharp styling elements onto a more sporting-focused body. Up front, the design is largely the same, though the lower intakes have been updated and new, sharper kidney grilles have been fitted, with inbuilt LED lighting and pointed edges. At the rear, the roof feeds into a fastback-like rear hatch, which wears new taillights (which resemble those on the upcoming 2 Series Gran Coupe) and a small Gurney flap.
The new X6 is based upon BMW’s latest CLAR modular platform, and measures in at 4935mm long, 2004mm wide and 1696mm tall – that’s 26mm longer in length, 15mm wider, 6mm lower and 42mm longer in wheelbase than its predecessor. Practicality wise, there’s 580 litres of boot space with all seats in place, which expands to 1525L with the second row folded.
Inside, it’s nearly identical to the X5, with drivers looking into a 12.3-inch BMW Live Cockpit digital instrument cluster that sits alongside a 12.3-inch central touchscreen running iDrive 7. Available features include Apple CarPlay (though you’ll have to pay extra for it), satellite navigation, a BMW Connected phone app that can control various vehicle functions, the ‘Hey BMW’ personal assistant and the choice of Vernasca or Merino leather upholstery.
Four engines will be available from launch, two petrols and two diesels.
The volume sellers in European markets are expected to be the oil-burning powertrains. The entry-level option is the xDrive30d, which uses a 195kW/620Nm 3.0-litre turbocharged inline-six to drive all wheels – 0-100km/h is covered is a claimed 6.5 seconds, while fuel use is rated at 6.1-6.6 litres per 100km.
Buyers looking for more punch can opt for the 294kW/760Nm 3.0-litre quad-turbocharged (yes, four turbos) inline-six-powered M50d, which can sprint to 100km/h in 5.2 seconds.
Prefer a petrol engine? The gasoline range opens with the 40i, powered by a 3.0-litre turbocharged inline-six producing 250kW and 450Nm – drive is sent to the rear or all wheels, permitting a 5.5-second 0-100km/h sprint time. Sitting atop the range is the M50i, powered by a 390kW/750Nm 4.4-litre twin-turbo petrol V8 that allows the X6 to do 0-100km/h in 4.3 seconds.
X6s equipped with the M Sport package (including the M50i and M50d) can be optioned with a range of performance features, including a locking rear differential, M Sport brakes, M-specific dampers, rear-wheel steering and a sports exhaust (which is standard on top trim models).
Non-M-ified xDrive30d and s/xDrive40i models are available with the xOffroad package, which is designed to improve the coupe crossover’s performance off-road – it includes unique drive modes, rear differential lock and air suspension.
The new BMW X6 will make its public debut at September’s Frankfurt motor show.