Photos of the new BMW X6
BMW X6 - 2014
The first X6 was a daring design which became such a hit that even rivalling companies have been copying it. The second X6, on the other hand, seems to be little more than a trendy twist on the proven recipe. In keeping with the current style of the BMW it has BMW kidneys hanging to the sides, headlights flaring out, and far more edges overall than before. The kinship with the X5 is obvious, as is the fact that BMW hasn’t taken any risks with the new X6; the style remains the same.
The photos of the interior show a dashboard and its surroundings eerily reminiscent of that of the X5, obviously saving a lot on production costs.
Naturally, BMW once again uses the good old proved engines. For a start they will launch three versions of the X6: two driven by a 3-litre, six-cylinder diesel engine, one of them with one turbo, one with three turbos, while the third will be fitted with the well-known 4.4-litre, twin-turbo V8 petrol engine. After the launch at least three further engine types will be added to the line-up: the standard six-cylinder petrol version, a mid-performance six-cylinder diesel version, and of course one with a performance way over 550 PS for the X6M.
The least ambitious version in the starting line-up is the xDrive, but even that has 258 PS, a torque of 560 Nm and 4WD. This is already almost unnecessary fast, doing 0-100 km/h in 6.7 seconds, with a top speed of 230 km/h. The three-turbo M50d is of course even faster with its 381 PS, 740 Nm torque, 5.2 second acceleration from 0-100 km/h, and an electronically limited end speed of 250 km/h. But the fastest of them all is the petrol xDrive 50i, reaching 100km/h in as little as 4.8 seconds.
Although the main market for these models is the US, BMW has decided to display the model in Moscow at the end of August, and make the new X6 available in Europe first, in December. The model won’t be marketed overseas before next year, probably because that’s when production of the petrol version starts.