With the powerful engines, agile dynamics and attractive design, the X6 is fun to drive and appealing to the eye but you should be ready to trade some of the utility for the sporty, coupe-like profile. The model debuted in 2008 and the second generation arrived for the 2015 model year. BMW upgraded iDrive system and added a few features for the 2017 model. The new version of this model comes as the 2018 BMW X6. What should we expect?
While we a had chance to see the prototype model of the new-generation X5, the next X6 is still out of reach. The all-new X5 comes faster than we expected as the current generation debuted in 2014. Considering that X6 shares much of its power hardware and body design with the X5, we should also expect that this model will also cut down BMW’s usual life cycle. Like the new X5, this model will also adopt the new CLAR platform and engine range similar to the redesigned 5-Series sedan. However, that will likely happen in next model years while the 2018 version could see moderate updates.
2018 BMW X6: Styling
Before the X6 switches to the new CLAR platform, we don’t expect to see any radical change in model’s appearance. Even then, the styling shouldn’t go far from BMW’s signature design language. Nevertheless, the current X6 already has enough effects to turn heads. Sculpted body lines, sporty bumpers, coupe-like profile combined with the attractive wheels will again stand out the 2018 BMW X6 from the crowd of the conventional crossover SUVs and with some new details BMW might also make things even more interesting but we don’t see radical changes in the horizon for the 2018 model.
The cabin of the X6 will be another example of BMW’s impressive craftsmanship. All models will feature premium quality materials and comfortable seats. Rear seat comfort will pay the price for the sports roofline but legroom will be satisfying. The front passengers will enjoy high-end treatment if the multicontour seat option would be your choice.
On the other hand, the model will feature BMW’s familiar dashboard design with the touchscreen interface sourced from the 7-Series model. The screen will measure 10.3 inches and system supports gesture and voice commands. The standard features will also include 18-inch wheels, LED adaptive headlamps, LED taillights and front accents, dual-zone climate control, navigation, power, sports front seats, memory functions, etc.
The options list will cover premium Harman Kardon sound system, ventilated seats, adaptive dampers, etc. The M performance package will add unique exterior and trim accents, special wheels, lowered suspension, etc.
The model will also include list of advanced driver’s aids common for all modern vehicles. There will be adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, automatic braking, etc.
2018 BMW X6: Performance
The engine range of the 2018 BMW X6 should fit with the current offer. A 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 will produce around 300 horsepower and matching torque. The rear-wheel drive will be available by default while the all-wheel drive will come as an option. The four-wheel drive will be mandatory with the 4.4-liter V-8 turbo. The power it delivers will be around 450 hp and torque around 480 lb-ft. The 8-speed automatic will, of course, come with all engine options.
The M version will also arrive with the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8. However, the power it can make will reach 570 hp and torque 555 lb-ft.
2018 BMW X6: Release, Price
The 2018 BMW X6 should present itself in the first half of 2018. The price range should start from around $63, 000. The changes which will mimic the new X5 will likely come in a year of two. However, we don’t exclude that BMW is preparing some early surprises.