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The all new BMW X6 officially unleashed

Published by on Jun 8, 2014 in News Leave a comment

2015 BMW X6

BMW hit the jackpot back in 2008 when they released the BMW X6, the world’s first Sports Activity Vehicle. Despite the new model being received with a lot of skepticism at the time of its launch, customers soon proved to be extremely attracted to the X6, which became a success for the German car manufacturer. And what better proof for that success than the fact that many carmakers are currently working on their own SAV? However, BMW still has the edge and the second generation BMW X6 has just been officially unveiled. So let’s see what the new model from Munchen brings.

The new BMW X6 shares the platform with its brother, the third-generation X5, which was launched last year. The X6 shares most of its design elements with the X5, while keeping its “controversial” status: you’re either going to love it or hate it, there’s no way in between. But no matter which side you’re on, the fact is that the new X6 is better than its predecessor, whether we’re talking about features, technology, engines or chassis.

We’re going to wait until we see the X6 in the flesh to reach a final verdict, but a first look at the photos BMW released show that the car became more elegant and, despite keeping a certain “angry” look, it lost some of that aggressiveness we loved so much on the first generation. However, even without the M package, the front part is imposing and demands respect, with its prominent front bumper, multiple chromed ornaments, the iconic BMW front grille and the new, larger headlights almost similar to the ones on the X5. As for the rear, the changes were somehow predictable and the new X6 follows the carmaker’s current design philosophy we already saw on models such as the Gran Turismo or Gran Coupe. The taillights are larger and feature a fresher design, while the two lateral exhaust tips frame a large metallic diffuser.

The interior is basically an up-to-date version of the previous X6 and puts the new model on the same level of BMW’s current lineup. The instrument panel is now made if a large digital display, the commands are easier to use and customers will be able to enjoy better materials than on the previous generation. Also, if things are similar to the new X5, we can expect a taller driving position and better visibility thanks to the reconfigured windows. The new X6 features three rear seats (two full-size and one “intermediate”) which are foldable 40:20:40, while interior storage seems to be better optimized. And speaking of space, the trunk normally offers 580 liters, with 1,525 liters available when all the rear seats are folded.

As for the engines, BMW has announced that the new X6 will initially be available with three engines: two diesel units (258-hp and 381-hp) and a TwinPower Turbo V8 (450-hp). Out of all three, the M50d offers the best torque, 546 lb-ft (730 Nm) and accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in 5.2 seconds. The other diesel model, the BMW X6 30d accelerates in 6.7 seconds, while the 50i is the fastest, with 4.8 seconds. The 30d has a top speed of 143 mph (230 km/), while the other two are electronically limited at 155 mph (250 km/h). Fuel consumption numbers seem to be very promising, but we’ll have to wait to see how the X6 will perform in real life conditions. The 30d gets an average fuel economy of mpg (6.0 liters per 100 km), the M50d gets mpg (6.6 liters per 100 km), while the turbo V8 gets mpg (9.7 liters/100 km).

And since we’re talking about a car that, at least in theory, can also go off-road, BMW has also released details about the upcoming X6’s off-road abilities. The car has a 212 mm ground clearance (similar to the first generation’s) and can cross through 1.5 ft of water (50 cm), with the mention that for water this deep, top speed should be 5 mph (7 km/h).

The new BMW X6 will be offered with all the new technologies already available on the X5, including full color Heads-Up Display, Night Vision system with pedestrian and animals detection, Dynamic Light Sport system, a new generation of the parking assist system, active cruise control with Stop&Go and Connected Drive internet services. As you can imagine, the list is a lot longer and one thing’s for sure, the BMW X6 will probably live up to its predecessor’s name and it should better do that, because tough competition is on its way.

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