For 2019, BMW's biggest crossover SUV becomes sharper and gets a sculpted look & more powerful engine options.
When BMW first introduced the X6 in India, it wasn't really a runaway success due to the fact that it sported a crossover/coupe design at a time when people were still rooting for the textbook SUVs. But things have changed since then. And we now have other big names like Mercedes taking a plunge into the Coupe SUV trend with models like the GLE 43 AMG. Plus, now BMW also sells the mini-X6 in India in the form of the new X4.
While we still have the second-gen X6 on sale in India (only in the xDrive35i M Sport version), BMW has now gone on to introduce the third-generation of its revered Sports Activity Vehicle (as BMW likes to call it). Straight off the bat, the new X6 now bears a marked similarity to its younger sibling, the X4. That's because the new car is based on the Munich-based carmakers latest design philosophy. Following BMW's all updated models, the new X6 also carries a more sculpted look, new engines with higher power outputs and tons of tech.
Underpinned by the same CLAR architecture as the new X5, the third-gen X6 has grown in proportions. It is 26mm longer, 15mm wider and 6mm lower than the outgoing generation, while also featuring an increased wheelbase by 42mm. While the side profile remains more or less similar as before, the most striking changes have been made to the car's front & rear profile. While the signature XL-sized kidney grille dominates the front fascia, it is available as an optional illuminated version with the new X6. The grille is flanked by BMW's latest Adaptive LED light units, which can be ordered with the optional Laserlight tech.
The bumper design now ditches the angular styling for a more polygonal shape, and the air intakes and central air dam feature bolder & rectangular lines. Overall, the sharper lines give the X6 an aggressive-looking front. At the rear too, the L-shaped LED light units (wider than those on the X4) add to its sporty profile, with a rather flat rear enhanced by a sculpted diffuser and gash-like vertical air intakes on either side of the bumper. While 19-inch alloys are standard fitment, they can be upsized all the way to 22-inch units.
Of course, a new platform also means the new X6 gets updated powertrains. While the entry-level xDrive 30d and xDrive 40i, along with the M50d, make do with twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre inline-six units (quad-turbo setup in the M50d), the more powerful M50i gets the 4.4-litre V8 unit. The xDrive 40i puts out 335bhp & 450Nm of torque, whereas the xDrive 30d produces a lower 261.5bhp but a higher 620Nm of torque. The M50d, on the other hand, is good for 294bhp & a massive 760Nm of torque. The range-topping V8 M50i churns out 523bhp & 750Nm of torque. To put this into context, the X6 xDrive35i M Sport currently on sale in India produces 302bhp and 400Nm of torque from its 3.0-litre unit.
Apart from the standard specification, the new X6 will also be available in xLine and M Sport versions. With its production base in Spartanburg, South Carolina, the new X6 will make its commercial debut sometime in November 2019.