Singapore. BMW Asia, Performance Motors and Performance Munich Autos today announced the availability of the all-new BMW X6, a new edition of the model that lit the fuse for an innovative and highly distinctive breed of car: the Sports Activity Coupe (SAC).
The all-new BMW X6 blends the agile and versatile driving properties of a Sports Activity Vehicle with the head-turning looks of a coupe. The third-generation X6 employs a clean, exclusive design language to underscore its confident and commanding appearance. And advanced powertrain and chassis technology teams up with a wealth of innovations to deliver a uniquely sporting yet also luxurious driving experience. Like its predecessor, the all-new BMW X6 is produced in the US at BMW Group Plant Spartanburg.
Dynamically stretched proportions exude sporting prowess.
The all-new BMW X6 has grown by 26 millimetres in exterior length over the outgoing model (to 4,935 mm) and by 15 mm in width (to 2,004 mm). It now stands 6 mm lower (at 1,696 mm) and combines dynamically stretched proportions with exceptional visual muscularity. The car’s wheelbase has increased by 42 mm to 2,975 millimetres. The large, single-frame BMW kidney grille is the most striking feature of the front end, the outer edges of the kidney grille now approaching the headlights at a clearly defined angle.
If the optional BMW Laserlight with Adaptive LED headlights (standard on the BMW X6 M50i) is specified, a BMW Laserlight spotlight with Selective Beam optimises the non-dazzling high beam function, whose range increases to around 500 metres. BMW Laserlight can be identified by the blue x-shaped elements inside the signature BMW twin headlights. The flanks of the all-new X6 are defined by familiar BMW proportions, a crisply drawn character line and the dynamic roofline. 21-inch (BMW X6 xDrive40i) and 22-inch (BMW X6 M50i) light-alloy wheels are fitted as standard.
Interior: an exclusive ambience imbued with sporting flair.
The interior of the all-new BMW X6 is geared squarely to deliver an exclusive and dynamic driving experience. Clear structures lend the cabin a modern and sporty appearance. The design of the cockpit, complete with the new arrangement and design of the control elements, represents a progressive re-interpretation of the driver focus for which BMW is renowned. The all-new BMW X6 comes as standard with Vernasca leather upholstery (BMW X6 xDrive40i) and BMW Individual full-leather trim Merino (BMW X6 M50i).
The interior offers a high degree of variability, thanks to 40:20:40 split rear seat backrests that can be folded down to increase boot capacity from 580 to 1,530 litres. Equipment features from the list of optional extras include multifunction seats with massage function for the driver and front passenger, four-zone automatic climate control (standard on both variants), thermoelectric cup holders, glass applications for selected controls (standard on BMW X6 M50i), the Panorama glass roof Sky Lounge, the Ambient Air interior fragrancing package (standard on BMW X6 M50i) and the Bowers & Wilkins Diamond+ 3D Surround Sound System.
Two powerful engines from launch.
The line-up of engines available for the all-new BMW X6 from launch includes two petrol units from the latest generation. The model line-up is spearheaded by a BMW M model with a newly developed 530 hp V8 petrol engine. The all-new BMW X6 M50i is joined in the range by a straight-six petrol unit with an output of 340 hp in the all-new BMW X6 xDrive40i. The M Sport exhaust system fitted as standard on both models gives the car an unmistakable and emotionally rich aural presence.
The all-new BMW X6 models come as standard with an eight-speed Steptronic transmission, while intelligent all-wheel drive maximises traction, agility and directional stability. The latest generation of the BMW xDrive system once again splits drive torque between the front and rear wheels variably and as the situation demands – only now, with even greater precision and speed. In situations which do not require all-wheel drive, drive can be channelled entirely to the rear wheels in the interest of efficiency. The xDrive system also maintains a rear-wheel bias in particularly dynamic driving situations. The car’s sporting attributes are aided by the electronically controlled M differential lock at the rear axle, available as part of M Sport specification or in conjunction with the optional xOffroad package.
Perfectly tuned chassis systems enhance sporting responses, comfort levels and offroad prowess.
A double-wishbone front axle and five-link rear axle give the all-new BMW X6 the ideal suspension tools to deliver dynamism and ride comfort on the road, plus unshakable traction off the beaten track. Dynamic Damper Control is included as standard, the Adaptive M suspension Professional with active roll stabilisation and Integral Active Steering (standard on the BMW X6 M50i) endows the car with exceptionally agile and dynamic driving qualities, and the all-new BMW X6 is also available with two-axle air suspension including automatic self-levelling (standard on the BMW X6 xDrive40i). The car’s height can be altered at the touch of a button in the cockpit to a maximum of 80 millimetres. An off-road package is available for the all-new BMW X6 xDrive40i, allowing the driver to choose from four modes that optimise progress over snow, sand, gravel or rocks respectively. At the press of a button, they can also activate the ideal settings for the vehicle’s ride height, the xDrive system, accelerator response, transmission control and the DSC system’s corrective inputs.
Innovative driver assistance systems offering new functions.
An extensive selection of standard and optional driver assistance systems mark out the all-new BMW X6 as an exceptionally innovative Sports Activity Coupe. Fresh from the addition of myriad new functions, the systems do an extremely effective job in enhancing comfort and safety. Standard specification for the all-new BMW X6 includes Cruise Control with braking function and the Collision and Pedestrian Warning with City Braking function, which also alerts the driver when a cyclist is detected. The Active Cruise Control system with Stop & Go function is available as an option. The Driving Assistant Professional (standard on the BMW X6 M50i) can also be found on the options list for the all-new BMW X6. This complete package of safety- and comfort-enhancing technology includes both the steering and lane control assistant with Traffic jam assistant and lane keeping assistant with active side collision protection. The Evasion Assistant is another component of the Driving Assistant Professional, as are the rear collision warning, road priority warning and wrong-way driving warning systems, crossing traffic warning, Lane Change Warning and the Emergency Stop Assistant. The innovative Reversing Assistant, which helps the driver when exiting parking spaces and manoeuvring within a confined space, represents another step en route to automated driving.
BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant is on hand to help the driver.
The BMW Live Cockpit Professional in the all-new BMW X6 combines a new display and operating concept with unbeatable connectivity. It includes a high-resolution instrument cluster and a Control Display, both with a screen diagonal of 12.3 inches. The all-new BMW X6 comes with the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant, an intelligent digital character who responds to the prompt “Hey BMW”. One unique feature over other digital assistants is that drivers can choose their own name for him. The arrival of the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant ensures there is always a genuine BMW professional on board. He is able to explain all sorts of different functions, provide up-to-date information and assist the driver. The range of functions and skills available will be constantly expanded as part of regular updates, which can be carried out seamlessly on a smartphone and in-car via Remote Software Upgrade.
The all-new BMW X6 is now available for viewing at the Performance Motors and Performance Munich Autos showrooms.