BMW recently unveiled the second generation versions of the 2015 X6 and X6M crossovers. Known as sports activity vehicles instead of sports utility vehicles as the X6 range offers car like performance and handling in an SUV like body shell, the X6 range will arrive into India sometime in the middle of 2015. Both the X6 and the X6 M variants will be imported through the completely built unit (CBU) route straight from Spartanburg, USA, where they are produced. CBU import of the 2015 X6 range is a given as these unconventional high performance crossovers sell in limited numbers here.
The second generation X6 crossover sold in India will be the 40d variant, as was the case with the first generation model. While BMW India also sold a petrol powered X6 40i variant in the crossover’s first generation, petrol power will be reserved for the high performance M version of the the second generation X6. The X6 in 40d guise will use a 3 liter, inline-6 cylinder turbo diesel engine that cranks out 313 Bhp of peak power and 600 Nm of peak torque. An 8 speed automatic transmission channels torque to all four wheels of the sporty crossover by means of the xDrive all wheel drive system.
In design terms, the second generation X6 range is more of an evolution over the previous generation model than a revolution. New features have been added to the crossover, improving both its luxury and practicality quotients. Bi xenon headlamps, 19-inch alloy wheels, automatic tailgate operation. dual-zone climate control, auto dimming rear-view mirror and a 40 : 20 : 40 rear seat split split are a few of the various changes on the 2015 X6 sports activity vehicle. High strength steel in the 2016 X6’s monocoque body, thermo plastics for side panels, an aluminium bonnet and a magnesium support for the instrumentation panel has seen the crossover shed off about 40 kilograms.
The high performance X6 M variant borrows the 4.4 liter -V8 twin turbo petrol engine from the likes of the M5 and the M6. On the 2015 X6 M, this motor will make about 552 Bhp of peak power and 680 Nm of peak torque. A 7 speed twin clutch automatic gearbox will transmit torque to all four wheels through the xDrive all wheel drive system. A 0-100 Kph timing of under 5 seconds and an electronically restricted top speed of 250 Kph means that the X6 M is a sportscar in crossover garb. Expect to pay over 1.5 crore rupees for the 2015 X6 M, with the regular X6 40d slotting in at a lower price tag of a little over a crore rupees