Friday 19 January 2018

BMW’s new X6 – like the first one, you either love or hate it

BMW’s new X6
BMW’s new X6
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

BMW’s new X6 gets here in December.

The second generation of a car I still find difficult to like (first one came off the production lines in 2008) will debut in Moscow in August.

The current one has become something of a hit in the likes of the US with global sales of more than 250,000.

The new one doesn’t look that much different but there has been a lot of re-engineering – and it will be made alongside the excellent new X5 at BMW’s Spartanburg plant in the US.

This is only marginally larger than the current one (4,909mm long, 1989mm wide, 1,702mm tall) while the wheelbase is 2mm shorter.

The dashboard and seats have been revised, there’s a small increase in load space and there will be two diesels and a petrol, initially.

The 8spd automatic gearbox and xDrive four-wheel drive system are standard.

The diesels are the relevant ones for us. There is a 3-litre, in-line 6cyl (254bhp) xDrive30d version (159g/km) and a 3-litre M50d with 376bhp.

Expect an xDrive35i and xDrive40d in the spring.

BMW claim the new chassis, with lots of aluminum; front double wishbones and rear multi-link make this more agile on the road.

It isn’t that much easier on the eye.

We’ll see when it gets here.

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