The third-gen BMW X6 will be launched in India with a 335bhp/450Nm producing 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbo petrol engine. The new version is underpinned by an all-new platform and gets substantial updates both inside and out.
BMW India is all set to launch yet another new product digitally. Come June 11, the company will launch the third-gen X6 in the country. Order books for the all-new ‘SAV’ (which is what BMW likes to call its coupe SUVs) had already opened earlier this year in January, but thanks to the COVID-19 outbreak, the launch of the vehicle got delayed. With things slowly getting back to being normal now, BMW has decided to introduce the new X6 in India.
The upcoming third-gen BMW X6 is based on the same Cluster Architecture (CLAR) platform as the current X5 SUV. As a result, there’s a lot of changes underneath as well as on the surface. The new X6 is lighter, bigger, and longer than the outgoing version, while it’s also got noticeable design updates – both on the inside and out. The front fascia of the vehicle now features a new kidney grille, which means it’s quite big, and there are new LED headlamps. If you think the grille looks understated in any way, you can now also opt for an optional illuminated version. The rear-end is completely new, featuring a set of L-shaped LED taillamps. The overall shape of the X6 is more or less unchanged, meaning it’s still a bit of an acquired taste.
Inside, the new X6 will have a cabin that’s thoroughly updated. The cabin layout and design will be similar to the X5, meaning the X6 will also feature two 12.3-inch screens – one for infotainment, while the other will be the ‘Live Cockpit’ (digital instrument cluster) behind the steering wheel.
BMW is expected to offer the new X6 in two trims – xLine & M Sport. However, initially, both the variants are expected to come powered by a single petrol version – xDrive40i. In the 40i guise, the X6 will feature a 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbo petrol engine that produces 335bhp and 450Nm and comes paired to an 8-speed automatic gearbox, which sends the drive to all four wheels.
The BMW X6 is expected to get a starting price of around Rs 1 crore (ex-showroom) and will compete against the likes of the Audi Q8 and Porsche Cayenne Coupe in our market.