BmW X6 Facelift Review & First Drive

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BMW X6 Overview

The third generation BMW X6 has been revealed globally. The X6 is now based on the BMW Cluster Architecture (CLAR) just like the new X5 but it comes with a completely new design yet retaining the core styling element of the X6 which is the coupe-like body.On the outside, the 2020 BMW X6 gets very sharp lines and creases. Of course, the oversized kidney grille is something that you cannot miss. The X6 does look striking and has a lot of modern touches to the design. The party trick is the optional illuminated grille though!

The cabin has been completely revamped and you get a lot more features & technology and better quality materials. The X6 comes with BMW Live Cockpit with iDrive with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and 12.3-inch infotainment screen with voice commands, gesture controls, WiFi, wireless charging and wireless Apple CarPlay with an annual fee.

The 2020 BMW X6 also gets safety features like BMW Active Driving Assistant which includes Radar Cruise Control, Blind Spot Detection, Forward Collision Warning and Park Distance Control. Optional extras include Lane Keep Assist, Automatic Lane Change Assist, Side Collision Avoidance, etc.

Globally, the new BMW X6 will be available with a multitude of powertrain options. The xDrive40i and sDrive40i models come with a 3.0-litre, inline-6 turbo petrol engine producing 335 HP and 447 Nm while the M50i trim gets a twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 engine making 523 HP and 720 Nm. Both the engines are available with the same 8-speed AT and BMW is also offering an optional Off-Road Package for the xDrive40i while an optional Dynamic Handling package is also offered.

BMW X6 Style

As you scan the BMW X6 pictures of the exteriors, you will notice the overgrown size. The front gets comprehensively tweaked front fascia featuring redesigned head lights in front flanking the reworked radiator grille. The bumper gets fog lights placed a tad high than the usual. Other than the fog lights, bumper also gets chrome garnished air-vents and faux skid plate. An under front spoiler is also equipped making the SUV look sportier. 19 inch, multi-spoke alloys are shod with all four tyres, the flexuous crease lines bring prominence to the side of the SUV. Body coloured outside rear view mirrors inset with LED turn indicators are placed on driver and co-passenger side. Bonnet is humongous, and roof lines cascading smoothly onto it notch up the outer appeal. Outside door handles are coloured in body colour. Roof meets seamlessly with the rear, a set of revised tail lights are fitted at the back, the black cladding equipped revised bumper appears sportier. Rear also gets rectangular shaped dual tail pipes.

BMW X6 Space

Step inside and you are welcomed by a trademark BMW cabin. The dashboard has horizontally been split into three parts. The upper half is black leather wrapped, the lower half gets an off-white treatment and splitting the two are slats of piano black and wood. The interior and the door trims are also optionally available in American Oak, Fineline Stripe, Fineline Pure, or Poplar Grain fine-wood trim fine-wood trim. The off-white materials used in the cabin gives it an airy feel.

The seats can be adjusted electronically making it easy to find the right driving position and comfort. There is a fair bit of space at the back too but due to the centre arm rest and the air con controls, seating three at the back won’t be the most comfortable affair. Surprisingly, despite the coupe roofline, the low seating means there is quite a bit of head room even at the back. For those planning to go on a long family vacation need not worry about boot space. With the seat back upright the 2015 X6 makes 580 litres of space. Moreover the rear seat can be folded down in a 40:20:40 split thereby expanding on storage space.

BMW X6 Features and Equipment:

The 2015 X6 comes heavily loaded with features. From Head-Up Display, night vision with dynamic light spot, 360 degree camera to parking assist, the X6 has it all. In terms of safety, the X6 gets 6 airbags, ABS, EBD and all other abbreviations you can think of. It also gets Lane departure warning and pedestrian alert. For the passengers at the back there are two separate HD 9.2-inch monitors with separate DVD drives to view different films on. Talking about movies and sound, the 2015 BMW X6 also comes with a 16 speaker Bang and Olufsen high end surround sound system.

The centre console gets a 10.25-inch screen below which is the dual zone climate control and the controls for the integrated Bang and Olufsen infotainment system. Aside from the media and navigation, the screen also displays vehicle information and settings too. All the buttons are soft touch and well within reach. And then there is the automatic tailgate operation. If you hands are full after a shopping spree, a quick wave of the foot under the rear bumper opens up the tailgate.

BMW X6 Performance

Under the hood sits BMW’s most recent gem — a smooth, free-revving diesel six with not one, not two, but three turbos! The M50d’s 3.0-litre, triple-turbo straight-six produces 381bhp and commercial vehicle-like torque of 75.45kgm. All this is achieved because BMW has reduced the compression ratio of this diesel to just 16:1, really low considering few petrols nowadays come with a 12:1 ratio. The lower compression allows for greater ‘fill’ from the three turbos at maximum boost, and BMW has made sure injection pressure is good enough to supply plenty of diesel. The M50d’s injection pressure is upped to a really high 2,200bar when the engine is running at max speed.

How do the three turbos work together? To begin with, a small variable-geometry turbo comes in at low revs. This allows for fast responses and a reduction in lag as the light turbo is easy to spool up even with a small tap on the throttle. There is a hint of lag as you take off, but the quick eight-speed gearbox ratios help you overcome this in a jiffy. The larger main turbo joins the fray at just 1,500rpm, and takes responsibility for most of the meaty midrange. So, after 2,000rpm, responses are massive and explosive bursts of acceleration are just a flex of your right foot away. The third turbo is small again and chimes in at approximately 2,600rpm, helping give the mid range a boost. The best bit is that the turbos overlap so smoothly, you really need to pay attention to notice where each comes in, especially if you accelerate flat out in one long seamless pull all the way to 5,600rpm.

As a result, the X6 M50d is really quick. This 2.2-tonne SUV does 0-100 in an insane 5.3 seconds, and that’s just the start of it. And the manic pull in the higher gears simply has to be experienced. The motor delivers huge thrust from 2,000rpm to 5,000rpm, and the manner in which it progresses up the powerband is so undiesel-like, you almost forget it is one. Yes, it growls like a diesel in the midrange under load and there’s a hint of clatter too, but there’s also a nice snarl in the top end that sounds just great. At speed, the X6’s most remarkable feature is its near-petrol-like hush.

If the road below is broken or full of ruts, you might hear the suspension, and the odd large bump does upset the composure of the car on its huge 19-inch wheels. So ride is unlikely to be a strength of this car when it comes to India. That said, the ride of the new X6 is better than that of the earlier car by a considerable margin; the latter thumped and bumped over even mildly undulating roads.

BMW X6 Driving

The 2015 BMW X6 has four driving modes – EcoPro, Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus. Toggle though any of these modes and the powertrain and the chassis dynamics are altered accordingly. The Sport and Sport Plus modes are for those looking to push the car to the limit. Slot the car in one of these, and the steering weighs up nicely, the dampers stiffen up and the engine revs higher as well. Show the 2015 X6 a series of bends and you will be surprised how confidently it takes them on. You don’t really feel the 2-ton weight of the car lugging you around while into a corner.

For your everyday drives in town there are the EcoPro and the Comfort modes. In these modes the Adaptive suspension offers a plush ride quality over potholes and undulations. However, due to the low profile tyres and the large wheels, the bigger bumps still seep into the cabin. While the stock setup provides comfort, the settings can be individually adjusted using the Driver Experience Control too.

BMW X6 Safety

Among the safety features on offing six airbags, stability control, traction control, dynamic stability control including dynamic traction control, cornering brake control, side impact protection, engine vehicle immobilizer, crash sensor and hill descent control are included.

BMW X6 Cost in Pune

Bmw X6 On Road Price is 1,07,10,825/- and Ex-showroom Price is 92,20,000/- in Pune. Bmw X6 comes in 9 colours, namely Sparkling Storm Brilliant Effect (metallic),Alpine White,Glacier Silver (metallic),Space Grey (metallic),Black (non Metallic),Flamenco Red Brilliant Effect (metallic),Black Sapphire (metallic),Carbon Black (metallic ),Mineral Silver (metallic). Bmw X6 comes with 4WD with 2979 CC Displacement and 6 Cylinders with Maximum Power 302 bhp@5800-6400 rpm and Peak Torque 400 Nm@1200-5000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN 4WD and reaches 100 KMPH at 6.4 seconds . Bmw X6 comes with Automatic Transmission with 4WD .Check BMW X6 price in Pune at Tryaldrive.

BMW X6 Conclusion

The success that BMW achieved with the first X6 took a lot of experts by surprise, especially considering that there are a lot of options available at that price. The Munich-based car maker has been smart to give it timely updates. Given the size of the car it handles fairly well, the engine is an absolute delight and then it won’t break a sweat when driven on a muddy field as well. But while the 2015 X6 isn’t going to stir a revolution like its predecessor, it is an evolution, one in the right direction we must say.

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