BMW has been busy revamping its standard SUV lineup, so now it is shifting focus to its more obscure models. Enter the the redesigned 2020 BMW X6, which retains is design-driven, form-over-function philosophy.
While still based on the X5 midsize SUV, the X6 is decidedly more distinct than the previous iteration. This version of the SUV coupe features a more more unique design, specifically up front, where the fascia is quite a bit different than the X5.
If the geometry variances are not enough, never fear. BMW has also slotted in an optional lighted grille on this X6, further differentiating it from is more mundane, non-lighted counterparts. Aside front the lighted grille, the X6 has a more aggressive lower fascia design to go along with its sporty, coupe-like greenhouse.
Around back BMW has taken the X6’s uniqueness even further. The overall appearance is clearly inspired by the new 8 Series, as noted in the X6’s dramatic, slim taillights and aggressive lower bumper design.
While the exterior design is a significant departure from the X5, the X6 powertrain roster is identical to the X5’s. This means there will be two iterations of the X6, the sDrive40i and all-wheel-drive xDrive40i. Both versions are powered by BMW’s turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six making 335 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque; a sizable increase in power over the outgoing model.
Those wanting even more power can opt for the X6 M50i, which packs a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 with 523 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque.
All three powertrain options include an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Given the X6 is a modern BMW product, it comes as no surprise that it is loaded up with all the latest technology. Among the list is lane-departure warning, and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection. Buyers can also add options like adaptive cruise control and a 12.3-inch touchscreen display for the infotainment system.
This new, more distinct X6 does come with a higher price tag. BMW says the 2020 X6 will start at $65,295 for the X6 sDrive40i. Adding all-wheel-drive brings the total up to $67,595, while the M version will set you back a healthy $86,645.