BMW X6 is the first car in the world to feature Dynamic Performance Control for unique directional stability and precision under all driving conditions as well as BMW’s intelligent xDrive all-wheel-drive technology.
- The powerful presence of the car’s body merges smoothly and harmoniously with the low-slung roof
of the greenhouse. This flowing roofline is indeed a characteristic element of the coupe silhouette, just like the short front overhang, the long wheelbase and long rear overhang.
- In its design, BMW X6 expresses all the DNA so characteristic of BMW X. The optical balance of the front and rear wheels clearly visible from the side bears convincing testimony to BMW’s intelligent xDrive all-wheel-drive technology.
Just three months after the official debut of the X6 Concept, BMW has revealed the production version of the X6 coupe-crossover, which it calls a “Sport Activity Coupe.” Along with the wild exterior comes an all-new twin-turbo V8 that will find its way into other new BMWs next year.
BMW is the first automaker to bring such an SUV to market, although other automakers are said to be planning similar coupe-like utility vehicles. Land Rover, for example, recently unveiled its LRX coupe-crossover concept.
Compared with the concept, very little has changed. In fact, you’ll have a hard time noticing any differences at all. The only obvious design tweak was made to the crossover’s side windows. On the concept, the B- and C-pillars are not visible, but on the production car they clearly divide up the glass.
Even the X6′s complex front fender design made it to production. Each front quarter panel surrounds the entire headlamp, creating a very seamless appearance. The X6′s aggressive front fascia is also carried over from the concept, with its large air intakes and stylish fog lamps.
As the photos show, the X6 is anything but a conservative design.
The X6′s roofline begins arching downward after the B-pillar and continues plunging right to the X6′s rising waistline. As a result, second-row headroom and rear cargo volume are both compromised.
The new X6 will be longer and lower than the new X5, seating only four. But what the sporty X6 loses in seating and storage, it is expected gain in performance.
The range-topping X6 xDrive50i is propelled by an all-new twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 unit producing 407 horsepower at 5500 rpm and 446 pound-feet of torque between 1750 rpm and 4500 rpm. The sprint to 62 mph takes just 5.4 seconds and fuel economy is estimated at around 19 mpg (U.S. gallons).
The engine is designed as a replacement to the company’s current 4.8-liter naturally-aspirated V8. It is expected to filter into other models like the 5-Series, 6-Series and 7-Series in the near future.
The engine seems to represent the second stage in a shift at BMW from high-displacement naturally-aspirated motors to slightly smaller turbocharged powerplants. BMW’s twin-turbo 3.0-liter engine that powers the 335i and 135i has been met with overwhelmingly positive reviews, and it appears BMW is hoping for similar results with its new V8.
The X6′s other engine is also a twin-turbo setup. The xDrive35i will come with the aforementioned 3.0-liter inline-six from the 335i, producing 306 horsepower.
A diesel model will be offered in Europe, but it is unlike to come to America.
X6 to be BMW’s first hybrid?
BMW has comitted to delivering an X6 hybrid, but official details have not yet been released. Visually the hybrid is identical to the regular X6 but BMW claims that the model is 20 percent more fuel-efficient.
Various reports indicate the X6 will be BMW’s first production car offered with the option of a hybrid powertrain.