BMW X6 Hatchback First Drive & Transmission

BMW X6 Overview

With the BMW X5 finally making its debut, it’s time to start thinking about the next-generation of the X6, a model that is essentially the X5 but with that coupe-style roof. With the current X6 being on the market for just three years, we probably won’t see the new X6 until at least 2020, but you can bet BMW is already hard at work. And, thanks to these new renderings that fuse the X6’s coupe-like styling with the look of the new X5, we have a strong visual representation of what we can expect. Book a test drve for BMW X6 in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive.

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These spy shots tell a story that we’ve already heard before. The BMW X6 will, clearly, take cues from the smaller X4 and the brand-new X5. In front, you can see the larger kidney grilles from the X5 to go with the sleeker laser headlights. Meanwhile, the fascia looks borrowed from the X4 and may change a bit before production time comes our way. As expected, the side profile features the rather subdued body lines between the wheel arches and below the slated belt line, just like we see on the X4.

BMW X6 Design & Style

Outlandish is the first world that your brain churns when you see the new BMW X6M. The grand proportions of muscles and contours flowing all over this jacked up coupe inspired vehicle ditch the conventionally boring straights and squares of an orthodox SUV design.Bold and brash is the front profile with large headlights further accentuating its menacing presence. The larger kidney grille gets a bright surround and also features vertical slats along with a camera nicely slotted under the model label. The long and contoured hood features character lines that drop a hint of the beasty of a motor underneath it. The front bumper looks interestingly complicated with multiple scoops and fog lamps. These air pockets lend a visual appeal for sure as they look capable of swallowing a hatchback but also offer functional value to help cool the motor inside.

While the front face is similar to that of the X5M, the X6M is a tad wider in profile. However, the similarities end at the face itself because when you see the X6M along its length, it looks like no other vehicle with its sloping roofline which flows in an angular way from the front before merging with the shot and butch rear. The shoulder line remains strong as it climbs all the way to the rear.

It being a vehicle of larger dimensions doesn’t look bulky at all. The contrasting combination of a SUVish car with a sedan like window line gives it an amazing silhouette. Also, adding an important touch to the rear half is a strong profile line which highlights the rear wheel arch, breaking the mono flow on the wedge line running along the shoulder.This one too runs on M special 20-inch wheels with Pirelli PZero tyres; they look absolutely smashing especially with the five spoke machined finish on the alloys. The rocker molding on the lower half are placed lower on the M models and blend well with the side skirts.

BMW X6 Cabin & Space

Pitched at the connoisseurs of performance and luxury, the zesty interiors of the BMW X6M, with its premium quality leather and equipment, look simply amazing. Yes, it still feels as understated as a typical BMW car because the entire focus is not make you doze off with dollops of luxury but keep you engaged with the dynamics of the cabin.It comes with standard leather seats with Alcantara draped front dashboard. The impressive quality of finishing and stitches make it feel very premium and different. Happily, there is not much left to choose in terms of features and options as BMW offers almost everything as standard on this hulky beast of a car.

Get yourself snuggled in the seats inside the BMW X6M and the first thing that you would notice is the large 10.25-inch infotainment iDrive screen. Its high resolution and lucid display of features and options along with the dial jog to operate make it very convenient to use. This screen lets you pair phones, play music, access vehicle settings, activate alerts and caution messages and also alter the suspension and transmission settings.The 360-degree parking camera gives a complete view of the surrounding and makes it easy to park and drive around in narrow lanes diminishing the demerits of its large dimensions. Even the navigation function is extremely useful as it properly displays routed with all the necessary information around the destination point.

While some might argue that the X6M is not a practical car considering its odd ball shaped sloping roofline, surprisingly, there is enough space for taller occupants as well in the rear. The rear section can comfortable house three average sized adults without much of a tight squeeze. BMW has worked on the positing of the rear seats by lowering the bench point according to the sloping roofline to make it feel airy.

BMW X6 Engine & Gearbox

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.Check for BMW X6 in origo2000.com 

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.

BMW X6 Ride & Handling

Drive the new X6 harder and that slight understeer dialed in also dissolves into a nice neutral balance. Go harder still and now you are truely into the realm of fantasy. You expect the X6 to wash out, to loose grip and composure. But no, the more you gas it, the more it obediently points into a set of corners. Move up to Sport+, where the ESP is partially switched off, and the balance becomes even sweeter. Slip at the rear happens even more smoothly, the X6 feels even more at ease through a section of corners. Even the torque vectoring and 60 percent rear-biased split of the rear axle work brilliantly. While the steering isn’t communicative and feels a bit wooden, it soon becomes clear — this is possibly the best-handling SUV in the world.

BMW X6 Braking & 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 Chennai

Bmw X6 On-Road Price in Chennai ranges from 1,13,15,961 to 2,19,11,185 for variants X6 xDrive 35i M Sport and X6 M STD respectively. Bmw X6 is available in 3 variants and 9 colours. Below are details of Bmw X6 variants price in Chennai. Check for BMW X6 price in Chennai at Carzprice.

BMW X6 Conclusion

I have to admit that I’m far from being onboard with this weird niche of vehicle. For the most part, they are just ugly, and BMW is all to blame. To this day, I still believe it started when a couple of BMW engineers got drunk and sketched something on a napkin, but we’ll leave that conversation for another time. The point is that I never thought we would see a bunch of coupe-like SUVs running around and it’s a clear indication of how much the automotive market changes over the years. In 40 years people are going to look back and wonder just what the hell we were thinking, I’m sure. Be that as it may, BMW is bound to have one of the best-looking SUV-coupes on the market thanks to the styling of the new X5 so it will be interesting to see how Mercedes and Porsche can really compete once this baby comes to market. It’s time to sit back and wait, though, so enjoy the renderings and stay tuned for updates.

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