2015 BMW X6 First Look
Munich's Niche SUV "Coupe" Continues
Let's dispense with the discussion of the German's seeming obsession with applying the "coupe" label to vehicles with four doors. Having established that the 2015 BMW X6 is a four-door SUV, let's get on with the important updates for the 2015 model year. As expected, much of the new X6's hardware mirrors the changes made on its sibling X5 for the 2014 model year. Output from the base turbocharged 3.0L I-6 is unchanged at 300 hp and 300 lb-ft, but the xDrive50i model gets a power boost from 400 hp and 450 lb-ft to 450 hp and 480 lb-ft. The X6 does gain one additional variant for the new model year in the form of the sDrive35i, a rear-wheel-drive variant that debuted on the 2014 X5 as well.
Performance claims for the six-cylinder models are a 0-60 time of six seconds flat and 4.8 seconds for the V-8 models. Unfortunately, the turbodiesel option offered in the X5 xDrive35d will not be offered on U.S.-spec X6s, although it is expected to remain an option on export models. Yes, we said export models. Like its predecessor, all 2015 X6 models will come exclusively out of BMW's Spartanburg, South Carolina, plant.
Like the X5, the new X6 is chock full of standard and optional luxury and convenience features. Navigation is now standard and real Dakota leather is as well, available in six colors. New exterior colors available for 2015 include Dark Olive and Flamenco Red metallic. M Sport and xLine trim packages are available for a sportier or more luxurious theme, with the xLine including 20-inch wheels and tires, and the M Sport package giving the choice of 19 or 20-inch wheels. The 2015 X6 features standard 19-inch rolling stock.
Ambient LED interior lighting is standard, and blue, white, and orange can be selected as static hues or color-changing patterns selectable through the iDrive controller. Also, the headlights are LED with an automatic high-beam function.
Two levels of driver assist packages are available, with lane departure and pedestrian warning, and the available adaptive cruise that can keep a distance up to 130 mph. A built-in SIM card slot enables connectivity, and the ConnectedDrive apps include Pandora, Audible, Stitcher, Rhapsody, TuneIn, and Glympse.
Prices have not yet been announced for the 2015 X6, but they saw a healthy increase on the 2014 X5, so expect a similar increase, as well as the X6's customary premium over its more utility-oriented sibling. Look for the 2015 BMW X6 in showrooms in late 2014.