Few cars manage to divide opinions quite like the BMW X6.
Introduced to the BMW line-up back in 2008, the high riding model is largely credited with kick starting a whole new segment for luxuriously-equipped premium brand SUV-cum-coupes, the likes of which now include such sought after rivals as the Audi Q8, Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe, Porsche Cayenne Coupe and Range Rover Sport.
But whatever you think about the X6, there’s no denying its success. Up to now, over 446,000 have been produced at BMW’s Spartanburg plant in the US. And despite the increased competition as well as increasingly tight emission regulations in key markets, global demand for the big BMW continues to grow.
What changes have been made for the third-generation X6?
The 2020 model year X6 features an evolutionary design with a bold front end featuring a new interpretation of BMW’s signature grille that can now be had with optional illumination, a broad-shouldered body and heavily curved roofline – cues that have characterised the big four-wheel drive for over 11 years now. At the rear, its arguably sleeker than ever before, sharing its look with the second-generation X4, most notably in the elongated shape of its tail lamps and exaggerated angle of its large tailgate.
In a new development, BMW now offers both a standard on-road and optional off-road package on selected models – the latter of which gives the X6 a more rugged appearance with added underbody protection, added ground clearance, specific mapping and driving modes for the four-wheel drive system and off-road tyres.
With a length of 4935mm, the new X6 is 26mm longer than the second-generation X6 at 4935mm, with the wheelbase stretched by 42mm at 2975mm. It’s also 15mm wider at 2004mm and 6mm lower at 1696mm.
The interior, largely shared with that used by the latest X5, has been heavily redesigned with higher-grade materials and the latest generation of BMW’s iDrive system, complete with digital instruments and a 12.3-inch touch screen display for the infotainment functions. Seating remains restricted to five, though those in the second row now benefit from added leg and shoulder room. Yet despite the added length, boot capacity remains at 580 litres (65 litres fewer than the X5), increasing to 1530 litres with the 40/20/20 seats folded.