New version of BMW's upmarket SUV will arrive in UK dealers in December, with prices starting at £51,150, but the SUV's launch schedule has been put back
5 June 2014

BMW has delayed the launch of the second-generation X6 SUV, pushing the model back to a planned debut at the Paris motor show in October.

A BMW spokesman told Autocar the decision to remove the X6 from its planned unveiling at the Moscow motor show in August was down to more of the model's potential customers being at the Paris show.

The new X6 is due to go on sale in the UK in December, priced from £51,150.

Despite a slow start in the midst of a global financial downturn, the first-gen X6 has proved highly successful. BMW claims global sales of more than 250,000; that’s an annual average of more than 40,000 throughout its six-year production cycle.

The second-gen X6 has been comprehensively re-engineered in a joint development programme with the recently introduced third-gen X5, alongside which it will be produced at BMW’s US factory in South Carolina.

The styling of the new SUV has been progressed using an evolutionary approach that retains a similar silhouette to its predecessor’s but with even bolder detailing at the front and rear. The body of the new SUV receives a more structured look than its predecessor, with subtle nods to the smaller and cheaper X4.

The new X6 is slightly 
bigger than its predecessor, but not by as much as earlier disguised prototypes had suggested. At 4909mm in length, 1989mm in width and 1702mm in height, it is 34mm longer, 4mm wider and 12mm higher than the outgoing X6. The wheelbase has been reduced by 2mm, to 1933mm.

It hits the scales 10kg below that of the old model at 2065kg in its lightest xDrive30d guise, despite higher equipment levels.

Inside, the latest X6 receives a restyled dashboard, more heavily contoured seats and luxurious trims - much of which are shared with the X5. Load space has increased, but only modestly. At 580 litres, the new X6 offers 10 litres more luggage capacity underneath its cargo blind than its predecessor with its newly configured 40/20/40 rear seats in place.

BMW has revealed three launch engines for the new X6 - one petrol and two diesels. All engines are mated to a standard-fit eight-speed automatic gearbox and BMW’s xDrive four-wheel drive system, which can be enhanced with a Dynamic Performance Control option that adds an electronically controlled torque vectoring function for added traction.

Crowning the line-up at the launch will be the xDrive50i, which runs a turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 petrol engine. It produces 443bhp and 480lb ft of torque, up 42bhp and 37lb ft
compared with its predecessor. It can dispatch the 0-62mph sprint 0.6sec quicker than its forebear, at 4.8sec. 

Among the initial pair of diesels being made available for the X6 is BMW’s widely used turbocharged 3.0-litre, in-line six-cylinder engine. It produces 254bhp and 413lb ft 
in the X6 xDrive30d. It’s good for 0-62mph in 6.7sec, combined economy of 47.1mpg and CO2 emissions of 159g/km.

Rounding off the launch line-up is the X6 M50d, which receives the same tri-turbocharged 3.0-litre, six-cylinder diesel as its predecessor, with 376bhp and a stout 545lb ft of torque. It is now capable of 0-62mph in 5.2sec, BMW claims, and top speed is limited at 155mph.

In spring 2015, BMW plans to add successors to the xDrive35i and xDrive40d to the new X6 line-up.

BMW is already talking up the dynamic properties of the new X6, suggesting that it improves on the already impressive on-road traits of its predecessor.

It is underpinned by a newly developed aluminium-intensive chassis that features a combination of double wishbones up front and a multi-link arrangement at the rear. A reduction in unsprung masses is claimed by BMW to provide added agility and improved response.

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6 June 2014

The place where it belongs. Pity it won´t remain there ...

Cardillac

6 June 2014

This is essentially the same car as the previous, same platform, just an really big refresh. Does anyone agree??
So many car manufacturers these days just don't feel the need to put their research and development into new platforms and just carry over old platforms and fob it off as a new model! riduclous!! Eg. - new s class, new bentley continental, new volkswagen passat etc.

6 June 2014
overfinch wrote:

This is essentially the same car as the previous, same platform, just an really big refresh. Does anyone agree??
So many car manufacturers these days just don't feel the need to put their research and development into new platforms and just carry over old platforms and fob it off as a new model! riduclous!! Eg. - new s class, new bentley continental, new volkswagen passat etc.

I suppose so much time and effort goes into creating the original platform, that manufacturers want to get the most out of it. Plus, the platforms have been designed extremely well in the first place, so that all that really is needed is a refresh and modernisation of electronics. However, I did find it odd that they claim it to be all new though

5 August 2014
overfinch wrote:

So many car manufacturers these days just don't feel the need to put their research and development into new platforms and just carry over old platforms and fob it off as a new model! riduclous!! Eg. - new s class, new bentley continental, new volkswagen passat etc.

Where was it stated that the new S-Class is based on the previous version? In any case, I agree with superstevie that if the original platform was developed well enough (i.e. it still conforms to the requirements of a new car), then why shouldn't they try to use it as much as possible given that they spent much time and money developing it?

 

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6 June 2014

Still Horrible.

Il cuore ha sempre ragione.

6 June 2014

The perfect launch venue.


6 June 2014

I can't believe I am about to say this, but I think it is better than the original, more finished looking.

6 June 2014

Interesting given that thee are heavily doctored press/marketing shots that the numberplate is wonky on photo 6!

Thoroughly horrid vehicle but no surprise there

6 June 2014

3 turbo chargers? i wonder how much it would cost to repair if one of those turbos packed up, say 75k miles in. 5 grand for the set?

6 June 2014

Are those round lights at the front foglights? I always thought that part of the point of foglights was that they were mounted low down, to illuminate the kerb edges and such for driving in low visibility conditions. These are as high as some cars headlights.

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