The New BMW X6 Reveals Some Of Its Secrets
|   Friday, June 13, 2014
BMW X6 reached its second generation and the new SAC (Sports Activity Vehicle) will be more spacious and more aggressive, taking over from the best-seller released in 2008 and sold over 250,000 units. Trading debut is scheduled for December. 

International premiere will take place in less than two months at the Auto Show in Moscow (August 27, 2014 to September 7). The location was not chosen at random at all, Russia being one of the largest markets for the most dynamic SAV produced by BMW.


The new X6 is based, as before, on the X5 platform. This model has seen a new generation since last autumn. The layout of the exalted four-door coupe has been preserved, but the new BMW X6 is longer by 34 mm (4.909 mm) wider by 4 mm (1,989 mm) and 12 mm taller (1,702 mm), all for extra space dedicated for rear passengers. Interesting is that the wheelbase was reduced by 2 mm, now measuring 1,933 mm.

The X6 also passed through a welcome weight loss diet, the total mass of the new model being smaller by up to 40 kg, depending on the version. The lightest X6 xDrive30d model will weigh 2065 kg. The trunk is credited with a volume of 580 liters. Fully folding down the rear seat the storage capacity increases to 1,525 liters, 75 l more than the old generation.

In terms of design, BMW wants to draw a more clear line between the classical models and the sport ones, so the SAV and SAC of the Bavarian range will be better differentiated in terms of exterior design. If the X5 car remains dedicated to family men, the X6 will be the rebel alternative who will rely on aggression and extravagance.

Overall, the new BMW X6 generation lines represents a refinement of proportions and overall silhouette of the model, which practically inaugurated its lucrative niche. The difference consists, however, in the details with the new X6 walking confidently into the future thanks to small stylistic gimmicks such as optical blocks that blend with the famous BMW kidneys or rear wheels fenders, strongly flared with a hint of X4.

The engine range will consist, as before, only of the six-cylinder diesel engines, or petrol. The top models will be equipped with the twin-turbo V8 unit. At the onset, two petrol variants and one diesel variant will be made available.

The top-model of the range will be xDrive50i moved by a 4.4-liter V8 with 450 hp (acceleration 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.8 seconds, average fuel consumption 9.7 l/100 km), while the bulk sales will go to the xDrive30d (3-liter diesel rated at 258 hp, acceleration 0 to 100 km/h in 6.7 seconds, fuel consumption 6 l/100 km) and the X6 M50d (tri-turbo 3-liter diesel with 381 hp, acceleration of 5.2 seconds) variants.

From spring of 2015, the range will be extended with two high-performance versions, xDrive35i (L6, 3-liter petrol with 306 hp, acceleration 0 to 100 km/h in 6.4 seconds and a combined consumption of 8.5 l/100 km) and xDrive40d (L6, twin-turbo, 3-liter diesel with 313 hp).
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