The M50d runs a quad-turbocharged 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder engine developing 394bhp and 560lb ft. It is claimed to reach 62mph in 5.2sec, with a top speed of 155mph, achieving 40.9mpg and 181g/km.
The volume seller in the UK is likely to be the xDrive30d, with a turbocharged 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder diesel with 261bhp and 457lb ft, delivering a 0-62mph time of 6.5sec, a 143mph top speed, 46.3mpg and 159g/km.
All engines are driven through an eight-speed torque-converter-equipped gearbox.
The X6 features an evolutionary design similar to the X5, with a bold new interpretation of BMW’s signature kidney grille, angular headlights and a broad-shouldered body. It is more angular in appearance. At the rear, the new BMW shares its look with the second-generation X4, most notably in the shape of its rear lights and heavily angled tailgate.
At 4935mm, the new model is 26mm longer than the previous X6, with the 2975mm wheelbase stretched by 42mm. It’s also 15mm wider, at 2004mm. Boot capacity remains 580 litres (65 litres fewer than the X5), which increases to 1530 litres with the 40/20/20 seats folded.
The interior design is largely shared with the X5, featuring leather upholstery as standard. It also receives new high-definition digital displays for the instruments and infotainment system.
The suspension of the X6 is based on the X5’s with double wishbones up front and a multilink set-up at the rear, together with the latest incarnation of BMW’s Dynamic Damper Control system as standard. Adaptive M Suspension Professional, which brings active roll bars and rear-wheel steering, is optional.
Air suspension, offering 80mm of ride height adjustment and automatic self-levelling, as well as an off-road package for non-M models with four additional driving modes, is also offered.