The new generation 2015 BMW X6 is based on the new X5 and is offered in a single diesel engine option.
Having made its global debut last year, BMW India has now officially launched the second generation version of the X6 SUV Coupe in the country with prices starting at Rs. 1.15 crores (ex-showroom, Delhi). Codenamed F16, the 2015 BMW X6 is based on an all-new platform shared with the X5 and gets a host of cosmetic upgrades. The distinctive coupe roofline has been retained from the outgoing version and continues to be the USP of the SAV (Sports Activity Vehicle).
For the 2015 edition, the BMW X6 has grown 32 mm in length, 6 mm in width and 33 mm in height, while the wheelbase remains the same at 2933 mm. The SAV is now 40 kgs lighter thanks to the use of high-strength steel, aluminium and thermoplastics. The aesthetic update comprises of larger headlights with full LEDs, wider kidney grille and a prominent BMW signature nose. The bumper has been updated as well and looks sportier with the fog lamps moved up and clean looking air intakes.
Inside the cabin, the overall layout hasn’t changed much over the current model but gets nifty upgrades taken from the X5 including better quality materials, new leather upholstery and more luxurious overtones. In terms of tech, the 2015 BMW X6 features a start-stop system, heads-up display, night vision, surround view monitors, parallel parking assist, updated iDrive, anti-roll system, adaptive dampers and a torque-vectoring rear differential. There are also multiple driving modes seen on other BMWs including the Eco Pro mode. The boot capacity has increased to 580-litres, up by 10-litres.
The 2015 BMW X6 is only being offered in the single xDrive40d trim and continues to draw power from a 3.0-litre turbo diesel unit producing 306 PS and 600 Nm of torque, paired to an 8-speed automatic gearbox that sends power to all four wheels. In terms of performance, 0-100 km/hr comes in 5.8 seconds while the SUV is capable of hitting a top whack of 240 km/hr.
The X6 is also available with the M kit for sportier exteriors and interiors. BMW believes that the X6 is a brand builder and the German automaker is not looking for volumes with the X6 in India. Hence it comes via the CBU route and doesn’t get localisation.
BMW to launch an array of new models in 2015 fiscal, which includes the BMW 3-Series facelift, 1-Series facelift, 6-Series facelift, X5 M, X6 M, new generation 7-Series and X1. The BMW 3-Series and 1-Series will be launched by the end of 2015 with diesel engine options only as petrol isn’t in high demand. However, if demand shifts then the carmaker can shift production and get the petrol engines to India as well.