The new BMW X6 broke cover this week. This is the third generation of the “coupe X5” to be launched. BMW representatives confirm that the new BMW X6 will go on sale locally in November of this year.

When the X6 debuted years ago, its design was a point of great debate. Since then all BMW’s chief rivals have launched their versions of coupe SUVs ie the Audi Q8, Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe, Porsche Cayenne Coupe and, to a lesser extent, the Lamborghini Urus.

You can read our BMW X5 M50d driving review here.

Larger than before

The new BMW is 26 mm longer than the outgoing model, up to 4 935 mm, and wider by 15 mm, up to 2 004 mm. BMW stylists have also dropped the roofline some 6 mm. An increase of the wheelbase by 42 mm to 2 975 mm frees up cabin space. 19-inch light-alloy wheels are fitted as standard, with optional alloys from 20 to 22 inches available. The BMW X6 M50i and BMW X6 M50d come with 21-inch alloys as standard.

For those who like to really be noticed, BMW is offering the new X6 with an illuminated kidney grille. The kidney lights are activated by opening or closing the car, thankfully the lights can be switched on and off manually.

Lush inside

BMW’s press blurb states that the interior of the new BMW X6 is geared squarely to delivering an exclusive and dynamic driving experience. The design of the facia, along with the switchgear will be familiar to anyone who has sat in a new generation BMW. It includes a high-resolution instrument cluster and a touchscreen infotainment interface, both represented by 12,3 screens. The new BMW X6 comes as standard with Vernasca leather upholstery.

Engine options

On the international front, there will be four engines available at the time of launch. BMW South Africa confirmed the X6 M50i and X6 M50d for local introduction initially. The 50i is powered by 4,4-litre V8 turbopetrol motor delivering 390 kW with 750 N.m of torque. The turbodiesel M50d has 294 kW and 760 N.m on tap. An M Sport exhaust system is fitted as standard on both M models

Torque is transferred to BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive drivetrain via an eight-speed automatic gearbox in all cases. An electronically controlled M differential lock on the rear axle is available as part of the M Sport specification or in conjunction with an optional xOffroad package.