After months of speculation, BMW India has finally reintroduced its lustrous SUV, X6 in the country. This four-wheeler represents a new breed of styling in the SUV segment owing to its coupe like silhouette and bold body structure. This model from the German auto giant has been introduced in only one variant with M sport package as standard. This second generation version has made its debut at the last year's auto expo held in Moscow. The company claims that this SUV was produced and comprehensively re-engineered with the third generation X5 in a joint development program. The automaker also stated that this vehicle is about 40 Kgs lighter than its predecessor, as it is said to be built using high strength steel, aluminum and thermoplastics. It is already available in some international markets in a few trim levels, but in India, it comes only in xDrive40 trim. It is equipped with a an evolved 3.0-litre twin-turbo diesel engine under the hood. The manufacturer has updated the transmission with a newly developed 8-speed sport automatic transmission. It breaks the 100 Kmph barrier in just 5.8 seconds, which is remarkable for an SUV. As speculated earlier, this vehicle has been brought to the Indian soil through the CBU route.
There are several updates which we can see in terms of both inside and out. Starting with the exteriors, it gets a modified air dam, re-designed air inlets, and repositioned fog lamps. At the same time, its also gets LED tail lamps, new design headlight cluster, a set of stylish alloy wheels and redesigned bumpers. The addition of M Sport package is another aspect that gives a modern appeal to the vehicle. It is blessed with driver assistance features like a full color BMW Head-Up display that can project all the relevant information directly into the driver's line of vision. Another such feature is the BMW Night Vision with Dynamic light spot that has a technology to detect larger animals and people at night and illuminates them even at a significant distance. However, these features are available as optional fitments. As for the comfort and functionality, it hosts an array of features like 4-zone automatic air conditioning system, park distance control, electrically adjustable seats and an advanced iDrive unit with handwriting recognition system. In terms of safety, this model is equipped with sophisticated aspects like active front head restraints, airbags, electronic vehicle immobilizer with crash sensor and side impact protection. This newly launched SUV will now take on the likes of Audi Q7, Porsche Macan and Volvo XC90 and Mercedes Benz GL Class in India.
The external appearance of this second generation BMW X6 explains that it has retained the same body structure from its predecessor. However, it gets much bolder and aggressive in its design that certainly lures the auto enthusiasts. The front facade is fitted with a slightly pronounced kidney bean shaped grille, which is designed with vertical slats and thick chrome surround. This is complimented by the bold lines on the bonnet. The headlight cluster gets a bit sleek and is housed with LED headlights featuring high beam assistance. The bumpers have been redesigned to give a masculine look to the frontage. It has a nudge guard sort of arrangement featuring air inlets. It also has round shaped fog lamps along with chrome accents that renders it a premium appeal. From the side facet, it looks more like a crossover and a coupe. It gets all the styling aspects like a set of alloy wheels, body colored ORVMs including door handles and black B pillars. The rear end gives you a glimpse of a sedan, thanks to its boot lid. The tail light cluster is powered by LED brake lights and turn indicators that further adds to its elegance. The rear bumper is in body color, but it seems to be assembled with some sort of a ceramic look-alike material that connects both the exhaust pipes. Overall, this second generation X6 looks refreshing and it will certainly lure the automobile enthusiasts.
This reintroduced SUV has the same external measurements like its predecessor with a total length measuring 4909mm, width at 2170mm and height at 1702mm. It has a long wheelbase of 2933mm, which explains about the cabin space. At the same time, it also has a minimum ground clearance of 212mm that contributes for its off-road capabilities.
he insides are quite refined as every inch inside the cabin reflects richness and craftsmanship of skilled designers. The manufacturer has used a great amount of leather and superior grade plastic for designing the cabin. It gets a completely redesigned dashboard with fine-wood accents with glossy finish along with a few metallic inserts. The steering wheel has a signature three-spoke design along with the company's logo embedded on it. This leather wrapped steering wheel is mounted with several illuminated control switches related to audio, calls and cruise control. Right behind this, there is a large instrument cluster that houses analogue gauges along with a color display. The seating arrangement is luxurious that can host at least five occupants. These seats are covered with premium grade leather upholstery that renders an opulent look to the cabin. While the seats have electrical adjustment facility along with lumbar support for added comfort. The company has given a lot of importance to the driver orientation to enhance convenience and driving experience. For this, its floor and the center console in the cockpit are equipped with an array of equipments, which are easy to reach and operate.
As for comfort features, this model series is equipped with several advanced comfort features unlike rest of the SUVs in this company's portfolio. It has a powerful 4-zone automatic air conditioning system with rear air vents, which takes care of cabin temperature in all weather conditions. It also has rain and light sensors, which automatically switches on the wipers and lights when necessary. This model is integrated with features like electrically operated windows, power adjustable windows, a multi-functional M Sport leather wrapped steering wheel, front center armrest with storage compartment and electric steering column adjustment. Furthermore, it also has power adjustable front seats including memory function, leather upholstery for seats, smokers package, inside and outside rear view mirrors with automatic anti-dazzling function, roller sun blinds for rear side windows 60:40 split foldable rear bench seat. Along with these, the manufacturer has also equipped it with an electric glass sunroof and parking distance control feature for front and rear.
This second generation SUV offers more space to the occupants than its predecessor. Its front cabin has a headroom of 1013mm and a shoulder space of 1562mm. Its rear cabin has a shoulder room of 1514mm and a decent head space of 961mm. It is also fitted with a bigger fuel tank that has a storage space of 85 litres.
Acceleration & Pick-Up
Like mentioned above, this newly launched SUV has arrived with a 2993cc power-plant under the hood. The transmission duties are given to a newly developed 8-speed steptronic sport automatic transmission gearbox. This allows the vehicle to reach a top speed of 240 Kmph, while reaching the 100 Kmph mark in just 5.8 seconds.
Engine and Performance
The manufacturer has launched only one variant of this X6 series and it is the xDrive40d trim. It houses a 3.0-litre mill that has a displacement capacity of 2993cc. It consists of six cylinders, with 4 valves in each cylinder. An advanced common rail direct fuel injection system makes for efficient fuel transfer. It is also integrated with a twin-power turbocharger with variable turbine geometry for optimum delivery of power and enhanced performance. It is capable of unleashing a maximum power of 313bhp at 4400rpm that results in a pounding torque of 630Nm between 1500 to 2500rpm. This power plant is now mated with a newly developed 8-speed steptronic sports based automatic transmission gearbox that distributes its torque output to all four wheels.
As expected, the manufacturer has introduced this SUV with a diesel train option only. It is a 3.0-litre, twin-turbo mill that is integrated with a critically acclaimed common rail direct injection technology. This enables it to deliver a maximum mileage of 15.87 Kmpl.
Power of BMW X6
This motor comprises of six cylinders and is integrated with twin turbochargers with variable turbine geometry. It enables it to produce a maximum power of 313bhp along with a peak torque of 630Nm.
Braking & Handling
This SUV is blessed with superior grade disc braking system for efficient performance all the time. In addition to this, assistance features like anti lock braking system with brake assist, cornering brake control and other traction control features are incorporated to improve the handling. In terms of suspension, this vehicle gets an advanced adaptive M suspension package that features dynamic damper control system. This suspension adapts the chassis of X6 to suit your own personal taste. On the other hand, it is also blessed with a servotronic steering assistance system that responds instantaneously to make it simpler to drive.
Safety & Security
Like its comfort features, the manufacturer has also given due importance to its safety department by equipping it with several innovative aspects. It has active head restraints along with eight airbags and seatbelts, which can minimize the risk of injuries to the occupants inside. Other protective features include dynamic stability control including anti lock braking system, cornering brake control, dynamic traction control, electric parking brake with auto hold and an emergency spare wheel. It also has functions like hill start assistance, brake drying and brake stand-by function. Apart from this, this vehicle is also blessed with adaptive LED headlamps, parking assistance, side impact protection, ISOFIX child seat mountings, run flat indicator, run flat tyres with reinforced side walls, warning triangles with first aid kit and an immobilizer with crash sensors.
The manufacturer has equipped its fenders with a set of stylish 19 inch 'M' lightweight alloy wheels. Its rear wheels are covered with 285/45 R19 sized tyres, while the front rims are embraced with radial tubeless tyres of size 255/50 R19. Additionally, there is an option for the buyers to opt for 20 inch 'M' lightweight alloy wheels, which enhances its elegance.
1. External appearance is rather spellbinding.
2. Interior cabin is quite luxurious.
3. Performance and acceleration is remarkable.
4. High safety levels adds to its advantage.
5. iDrive with handwriting recognition adds to the convenience.
1. Price range is rather expensive.
2. BMW Night vision assistance package can be given as standard.
3. There could be a center console in rear cabin too.
4. Fuel efficiency seems to be poor.
5. There is no rear seat entertainment package.
BMW X6 price
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