What is it?
This, for the moment, is the most powerful BMW X6 that you can buy. Its twin-turbocharged 4.4 litre V8 generates 444bhp, which is sufficient to catapult this SUV to 62mph in 4.8 seconds – plenty enough for most.
But for those feeling short-changed, there will soon be a 553bhp X6 M, which will deliver a more exacting test of this BMW’s new chassis. In the meantime, you can have the lesser xDrive50i in either M Sport or SE trim, as sampled here, and in both cases it comes with an eight-speed automatic.
This second-generation X6, the bulk of which has been redesigned, features upgraded engines, more equipment, no gain in weight, an improved drag coefficient and a style that BMW’s design department has aimed to vest with an air of greater maturity.
Key exterior features include a slightly lowered rear deck height, a more sophisticated nose that’s at least as imposing as the last, and a more complex arrangement of creases in its flanks that at the rear.
These, however, are rather reminiscent of the rather odd rear wheelarch sculptings flaunted by the pre-facelift version of the current E-Class Benz. Fussy, in other words.