BMW has unveiled the third-generation X6 today, with market launch slated to start in November 2019 and Australian arrival scheduled for early 2020.
Like the generation before it, the new 2020 BMW X6 is designed to blend the agile and versatile driving properties of a Sports Activity Vehicle with the sporty looks of a coupe.
Dynamically stretched proportions exude sporting prowess.
The new BMW X6 has grown by 26 millimetres in exterior length over the outgoing model (to 4,935 mm) and by 15 mm in width (to 2,004 mm). It now stands 6 mm lower (at 1,696 mm). The car’s wheelbase has increased by 42 mm to 2,975 millimetres.
The large, single-frame BMW kidney grille is the most striking feature of the front end, with the outer edges of the kidney grille now approaching the headlights at a clearly defined angle. The new BMW X6 is available for the first time as an option with an illuminated BMW kidney grille, which adds an exclusive flourish to the exterior design. The illumination is activated by opening or closing the car, but the driver can switch it on and off manually too. This lighting function for the kidney grille is also available while driving.
The flanks of the new X6 are defined by familiar BMW proportions, a crisply drawn character line and the dynamic roofline. 19-inch light-alloy wheels are fitted as standard, with other wheel variants ranging in size from 20 to 22 inches available as an option. The X6 M50i and X6 M50d come with 21-inch light-alloy wheels as standard.
The interior offers a high degree of variability, thanks to 40:20:40 split rear seat backrests that can be folded down to increase boot capacity from 580 to 1,530 litres. Highlight equipment features from the list of optional extras include multifunction seats with massage function for the driver and front passenger, four-zone automatic climate control, thermoelectric cup holders, glass applications for selected controls, the Panorama glass roof Sky Lounge, the Ambient Air interior fragrancing package and the Bowers & Wilkins Diamond+ 3D Surround Sound System.
Four powerful engines and an M duo from launch.
The line-up of engines available for the new BMW X6 from launch includes two petrol units and a pair of diesel variants from the latest generation. The model line-up is spearheaded by an M Performance model with a newly developed 390 kW/530 hp V8 petrol engine. The X6 M50i is joined in the range by the X6 M50d with 294 kW/400 hp six-cylinder in-line diesel engine and a quartet of turbochargers.
A straight-six petrol unit with output of 250 kW/340 hp sees action in the X6 xDrive40i, and the X6 xDrive30d employs a six-cylinder in-line diesel with 195 kW/265 hp.
The M Sport exhaust system fitted as standard on both M models is also available as an option for the other versions of the X6 or as part of the M Sport package, and gives the car an unmistakable and emotionally rich aural presence.
All new BMW X6 models come as standard with an eight-speed Steptronic transmission, while intelligent all-wheel drive maximises traction, agility and directional stability. The latest generation of the BMW xDrive system once again splits drive torque between the front and rear wheels variably and as the situation demands.
In situations which do not require all-wheel drive, drive can be channelled entirely to the rear wheels in the interests of efficiency. The xDrive system also maintains a rear-wheel bias in particularly dynamic driving situations. The car’s sporting attributes are aided by the electronically controlled M differential lock at the rear axle available as part of M Sport specification or in conjunction with the optional xOffroad package.