The BMW X6 might not be the prettiest or the most practical utility vehicle on the market, but BMW has sold more than 250,000 of its “Sports Activity Coupe” since 2008. Big sales mean that the X6 will be sticking around, and it also means that competitors (namely Mercedes-Benz) are getting in on the action. As such, BMW recently unveiled the 2015 BMW X6 that is set to go on sale this fall.
Like the current model, the 2015 BMW X6 is easily identified by its sloped, coupe-inspired roofline, but the biggest news might be the addition of a rear-wheel-drive model. While the first-gen X6 was offered as the all-wheel-drive X6 xDrive35i and X6 xDrive50i, the 2015 model year brings the X6 sDrive35i. This new base model should help to lower the starting price of the 2015 X6, but BMW has yet to announce official pricing.
The trim level designations still denote engine size. The 2015 X6 sDrive35i and X6 xDrive35i continue to pair the 300-hp 3.0-liter turbocharged in-line six with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Similarly, the X6 xDrive50i still uses the twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8, but for 2015 its output has been increased from 400 hp to 445 hp. Overall performance is improved with both engines as the six-cylinder X6 can now accelerate from 0-60 mph in 6.0 seconds, while the V-8 models hit the same speed in 4.8 seconds.
Aside from the defining roofline, the styling of the 2015 BMW X6 has a more athletic look than the outgoing model. This starts with a more squared-off front end carried over from the face of new X5, sharper side body creases that create a more dramatic profile and the L-shaped taillights found on many other current BMW products.
The 2015 X6 is offered in two trim levels, xLine and M Sport. As expected, the M Sport goes for a sportier look with gaping air intakes and matte aluminum trim. All 2015 X6 models will come standard with 19-inch wheels, and will offer 20-inch wheels as an option.
Like the updated exterior styling, the X6’s interior design matches that of the X5 with a wide, fixed infotainment screen, a large gauge cluster pod and a clean overall look. Accenting the cabin, BMW offers trim that includes brushed aluminum, Fineline Striped Wood and Fineline Oak Wood. For utility, the three-passenger rear seat is split 40/20/40, and with the seats in place, rear cargo capacity is rated at 20.5 cubic feet; drop the rear seats and available space is increased to 53.9 cubic feet.