Henny Looks At 2015 BMW X6

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2015 BMW X6

First Details 2015 BMW X6
By Henny Hemmes
Senior European Editor
The Auto Channel

MUNICH, June 5, 2014. It is a busy year for BMW. The next new model that is in the pipe line is the X6. BMW released the first details of the 2015 model that will succeed the current, first generation, that was introduced in 2008. Even though BMW has not always been applauded for coming up with the big Sports Activity Coupe, the product strategy proved to be right: of the outgoing X6 almost a quarter million unites have been sold worldwide.

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The new model is undoubtedly an X6, but with a nose that has the family looks of the other models in BMW’s line-up, also providing the new SAC a more dynamic stance.

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For a quick comparison, we show the current X6 in blue and the new one in red. You will see the kidney grille is of the powerful type that we see on the new BMW coupes, with the headlights reaching in against the grille and extending outwards into the side panels. The front bumper/apron section runs much lower and the front fog lamps have been moved more inside. Chrome inserts underline the standard bi-xenon units. Adaptive LED headlights are available.

As we know from the other models, also the X6 has the are air deflectors in on the front wheel arches, air curtains are integrated into the air intakes of the front apron and air breather sin the side panels.

At the rear the horizontal lines are more pronounced. LED light strips of the L-shaped, two-section rear lights give away the nature of the car at night. From the side we see a sharper crease in the back fender, blending nicely into the tail lights.

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Also the interior has been reworked and looks pretty much like the cabin of the new X5 and offers a luxurious atmosphere. The new X6 comes with a more extended standard equipment than of the outgoing model with, as I already mentioned, bi-xenon headlights, 19-inch light-alloy wheels, the 8-speed Steptronic sport transmission with paddle shifting possibilities, leather trim, two-zone climate control, automatic tailgate operation and the Driving Assistant safety
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Package from BMW ConnectedDrive.

The rear seat backrests can be folded 40:20:40, allowing to lead long items and expanding the luggage compartment’s capacity from 580 liters to 1,525 liter (+75 liter more than the current X6 (20.5 cu.ft to 53.9 cu.ft).

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Important is also the improved fuel consumption of the engines that are offered for the new X6. From its market launch in December 2014, the X6 will be available with the 450 hp V8 engine in the xDrive50i, a 258 hp 6-cylinder diesel for the xDrive30d and a 6-cylinder diesel with three turbochargers and 381 hp in the X6 M50d. BMW mentions a consumption cut by up to 22 per cent. From the spring of next year, the X6 xDrive35i, (306 hp), and xDroive40d (313 hp) will also be available.

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In the price list we will also see options such as Navigation Professional with Touch Controller, B&O surround sound system and Rear Entertainment System Professional.

BMW ConnectedDrive includes many driver assistance systems, that we already know from the other BMW models, while the Intelligent Emergency Call function is part of the standard specs of the new X6.

With the arrival of the new X6, the complete BMW line up has been the modern family looks.

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