BMW X6 adds more powerful engines for 2020

BMW’s X6 is getting redesigned for 2020 with beefier engines and, for the first time, an optional illuminated kidney grille. The 2020 X6 will start at $65,295, including shipping, and arrive at U.S. dealerships in November. The X6 was an early coupe-like crossover and remains one of the most visible. It also underscores the continuing fragmentation of the crossover market. BMW foresaw the “growth-inspired fragmentation” of the crossover market when it introduced the X6 in 2008, AutoPacific analyst Ed Kim said.

“It seemed a very puzzling move during a time when the formula for a successful SUV was pretty clear: an upright two-box profile and an outdoorsy personality,” Kim said. The X6 is a niche midsize crossover that competes in the same segment as the Lexus RX, Audi Q5 and Cadillac XT5. “It is simply an X5 with a different top hat,” Kim said. “There are enough customers to justify the modest investment, especially as SUV market share continues to grow with increasing room for a body style variety.”

X6 sales in the U.S. fell 67 percent from a year earlier to 170 vehicles in June and dropped 18 percent to 3,045 vehicles through June, BMW  said in a statement on Tuesday.

  BMW X6 X6 sDrive40iX6 xDrive40iX6 M50i
Length194.8 inch194.8 inch194.8 inch
Height66.3 inch66.3 inch66.8 inch
Width w/ mirrors87.1 inch87.1 inch87.1 inch
Wheelbase117.1 inch117.1 inch117.1 inch
Horsepower335 hp335 hp523 hp
0-60 mph5.2 secs5.3 secs4.1 secs

Bigger and beefier

The third-generation X6 is longer and wider than its predecessor, but with a lower height for better aerodynamics. The illuminated kidney grille, which debuts on the redesigned X6, is part of the daytime running light feature and can remain on while the vehicle is in motion. The feature can be activated by unlocking and locking the vehicle or turning it on and off manually.

The crossover is available with two engines. The X6 sDrive40i and xDrive40i are powered by the latest versions of BMW’s TwinPower 3.0-liter turbo inline six-cylinder engine. The engine produces 335 hp, an increase of 33 hp over the previous model. The rear-wheel-drive X6 sDrive40i accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds, while the all-wheel-drive X6 xDrive40i does the sprint in 5.3 seconds. The sportier X6 M50i is powered by a new 4.4-liter TwinPower turbocharged V-8 that delivers 523 hp, an increase of 78 hp from the prior model. The M50i accelerates from a standstill to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds.

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