2019 BMW X6 revealed ahead of Frankfurt debut
The all-new BMW X6 SUV has been revealed ahead of its public showing at the Frankfurt Motor Show later this year. It’s an all-round larger car than the outgoing model and will take on rivals like the Audi Q8 and Porsche Cayenne Coupe.
First things first: this is a seriously imposing vehicle. It’s essentially a spin-off of the design of the new X5, with the angular front end pretty much carried straight over – except for one thing: that huge kidney grille is now illuminated!
At the side, it’s 26mm longer than before, while the wheelbase has also been extended by 42mm. At the same time, it’s ever-so-slightly lower. At the rear, the taillights mirror the look of the X4 and it shares the steep, sloping tailgate look of the smaller car too.
On the inside, things are even more like the X5, meaning it features BMW’s latest iDrive infotainment system. The large 12.3in touchscreen is angled towards the driver in the typical BMW fashion, and it features gesture control and a wifi hotspot as standard.
In fact, standard specification is impressive, with all X6s featuring 19in alloy wheels, leather upholstery, wireless charging and an air suspension system. Three trim levels are offered: Sport, M Sport and M Performance.
M Sport models add gloss black exterior trim, sportier bumpers and 21in wheels. M Performance cars feature an adaptive suspension system, 22in alloys, M Seat belts, a Harman Kardon sound system and an M Sport differential to improve handling.
580 litres of boot space is on offer – 25 litres less than the Audi Q8 offers. However, the X6 does feature a 40:20:40 folding rear seat arrangement as standard. With all seats down, capacity increases to 1,525 litres.
Two petrol engines and two diesels will be offered from launch. The entry-level model is the 3.0-litre diesels xDrive 30d, which produces 265hp and 620Nm of torque. It’s capable of 0-62mph in 6.5 seconds and between 42 and 46mpg.
Next up is the xDrive 40i petrol, which boosts 0-62mph times to 5.5 seconds and ups top speed to a limited 155mph. It’ll return between 32 and 35mpg. The range-topping diesel is the M50d which produces 400hp and a massive 760Nm of torque – enough for a 5.2-second 0-62mph time.
At the top of the range is the M50i. This makes 530hp and 750Nm, resulting in a 4.3-second 0-62mph time. This eight-cylinder 4.0-litre comes with two turbochargers and an M Sport exhaust system to add what BMW calls an “exhilarating soundtrack”.
All models come fitted with BMW’s eight-speed automatic gearbox and xDrive all-wheel-drive systems. Air suspension is also standard across the range.
Priced from £59,340 to £76,870, the new model is set to arrive in December after it has been officially launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show in the autumn.