BMW successfully created a niche for coupe-styled large premium SUVs with the X6, but the second-generation model will face tougher competition. Mercedes-Benz is launching the similarly styled GLE Coupe, Audi plans a Q8-badged rival and Porsche is said to be considering a Cayenne-based entry into the niche.
BMW X6 gets sleeker to keep edge on new rivals
The traffic jam assistant maintains a safe distance from the vehicle ahead and keeps the car in the center of its lane at speeds up to 60kph. It's a step toward autonomous driving but the driver must keep at least one hand on the steering wheel.
To reduce turbulence and improve aerodynamics the X6 has air deflectors on the front wheel arches, air curtains in the front apron's outer air intakes and air breathers in the side panels.
Gasoline: 306-hp 3.0-liter 6-cylinder, 450-hp 4.4-liter V-8; diesel: 258-hp or 381-hp 3.0-liter 6-cylinder. All are twin turbocharged.
The X6 is sold only with all-wheel drive coupled with an 8-speed automatic transmission.
Increased by 10 liters to 580 liters and by 75 liters to 1,525 liters with the rear backrests folded down.
To protect the X6’s lead, BMW launched the new generation before the GLE Coupe, which arrives this summer. To boost the X6’s appeal, BMW gave it a more flowing roofline and lowered the rear to make it sportier, said Tim Resch, head of product management for BMW large models.
Launch date: December 2014
Base price: 65,650 euros (Germany)
Where built: Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA
Annual production: 51,000 in 2015 (IHS Automotive estimate)
Lowest CO2 emissions: 157g/km
Main rivals: Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe, Land Rover Range Rover Sport
The new X6 is slightly longer and wider than the car it replaces. Its engines are more economical with fuel efficiency improved by 19 percent for diesel versions and by 22 percent for the gasoline variants.
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Globally, BMW has sold 250,000 first-generation X6s since its 2008 launch. BMW expanded its U.S. plant to add X6 production. The plant’s capacity is scheduled to reach 450,000 units this year, making it BMW’s largest car factory worldwide.