BMW takes their new ultra-sleek X6 SUV-coupe in a new direction, and it’s not the one you’d think
BMW has made a name for itself as one of the higher end marques and that’s largely due to their unquenchable thirst for innovation. Damn the cost, let’s add something new in somewhere. The second-generation X6 has value adds to be sure, but they’re in the economy department this time around.
Even though it still growls like a monster with twin-turbo V8 under the bonnet, the car maker says the BMW X6 xDrive 50i saves more fuel than its predecessor; up to 22%. Its carbon footprint is also down by similar levels.
Even those with a casual understanding of engineering may think they’ve had to reduce the power outlay. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Its new Valvetronic variable valve timing (don’t say that all at once), direct injectors and V-mounted turbochargers run up 0-100km/h in a sprightly 4.8sec. That makes for a top speed of 250Km/h and a 10% elevation in overall power derived from an eight-speed automatic transmission. If that’s not impressive, surely the fuel economy is. BMW claims it only draws 9.7L/100km in combined conditions.
If you’re going for the standard X6 xDrive50i, it comes with 19” alloys, auto tailgate, two-zone climate control, leather trim and the eye-saving auto-dimming mirror. Paddle gear shifts and bi-Xenon lights also feature. For a bit extra you can get Dynamic Damper Control and air suspension. If you’re really willing to fork out, you can get a professional-grade adaptive suspension package. Electronically, the car is fitted with a new power steering system.
There are a few tweaks to the cabin has undergone minute changes in size, just squeezing in a few millimeters more room. The chassis seems almost unchanged having shed 20kg from an overall 2.2 tonne frame. It’s only shades longer, wider and taller. It’s nothing you would put at the top of a press release.
It’s set to take on the high-end SUV/coupe market at a time when marques are really grasping for attention. Compared to its smaller X4 counterpart, it’s definitely facing off in the SUV camp. Still, it’s quite hard to account for taste. Do buyers want an SUV with coupe style or a coupe that rides and handles like an SUV? We’ll see how it fares in the third quarter of this year.
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