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2015 BMW X6 revealed

2015 BMW X6 is more of the same with styling cues borrowed from the BMW X5, more fuel efficient engines and a raft of standard features.

It confused the world when it launched back in 2008, but the BMW X6 has racked up almost 250,000 sales around the world. And this new one, more or less, stays the course of the original. While Australian details are yet to be finalised, ahead of a December 2014 release, we know the basics.

And that is that while the shape is almost unchanged and many of the styling elements of the new BMW X5 have been carried across into the new X6, like the larger looking headlights and tail-lights. BMW says the X6 will offer, as standard, regardless of trim: bi-xenon headlights, 19-inch light-alloy wheels, automatic tailgate operation and the 8-speed Steptronic sport transmission with steering wheel shift paddles are all included, as are leather trim, two-zone climate control, auto-dimming rear-view mirror and the Driving Assistant safety package from BMW ConnectedDrive.

The 40 : 20 : 40 split/folding rear seat backrests, allow the boot to grow from 580 litres to 1525 litres (75 litres more than the predecessor model).

BMW says fuel consumption has been cut by 22% and that all-wheel drive (xDrive is permanently active). The line-up of engines for the new BMW X6 (offering fuel consumption ranging from: 9.7 – 6.0L/100 km), includes the latest-generation V8 developing 330kW for the BMW X6 xDrive50i; a 190kW six-cylinder in-line diesel engine for the BMW X6 xDrive30d and another straight-six diesel with three turbochargers and 280kWin the BMW X6 M50d. Mated to these engines is an eight-speed Steptronic sport transmission. The BMW X6 xDrive35i (225 kW/306 hp) and BMW X6 xDrive40d (230 kW/313 hp) will be added to the model range in 2015. There’s no word, yet, as to whether BMW Group Australia will take all of the model variants.

Local pricing is yet to be announced.

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Isaac Bober

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