The BMW X6 is classified as a mid-size luxury crossover and went on sale in April of 2008 as the 2009 model, manufactured by German carmaker BMW. This vehicle was initially marketed as a Sport Activity Coupe or SAC and has certain attributes of an SUV, include its all-weather capabilities and all-wheel drive, as well as the sloping roof and body styling of a coupe. The overall design of the X6 was based on that of the BMW 5 and 6-series. The original X6 concept car was introduced to the public for the first time at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 2007 and the production version debuted at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit by 2008. Although this vehicle is a bit longer and wider than the X5, it is still lower and the current version seats up to five people.
The X6 is manufactured in BMW’s North American plant which is located in Greer, South Carolina, as well as the BMW X5. There is also a hybrid version of this vehicle, called the BMW Concept X6 ActiveHybrid, and was the first vehicle of its kind to come from this automaker. In April of 2009, the sporty X6 M version was officially announced, and it features a 547 horsepower 4.4 liter turbocharged V8 engine. The base model of this vehicle, called the X6 xDrive35i, uses a 225 kW version of the N54 3.0 liter twin-turbocharged inline-six gasoline engine. The xDrive50i is the higher end version of this car and it uses an N63 V8 engine which is capable of producing up to 300 kW.
When the X6 was initially made available to a variety of markets, there were two diesel versions, including the xDrive30d and the xDrive35d. Both of these vehicles use a 3.0 liter turbodiesel engine which is capable of producing up to 235 PS for the xDrive30d and 286 PS for the xDrive 35d model. The latter of these models lead the way in BMW’s diesel line of vehicles and is by far one of the more powerful options offered by this automaker.
The BMW X6 M and X5 M both come with an all-wheel drive system as well as automatic transmissions with a crossover design, unlike the passenger cars that have come before it. This vehicle was first introduced to the public at the New York Auto Show in 2009 and went on sale soon after as the 2010 model. The X6 M is a high-performance version of the X6 and uses a twin scroll twin turbo version of the 4.4 liter V8 BMW N63 engine which also has a Cylinder-bank Comprehensive Manifold. Some of the other features that this vehicle has to offer include a 6-speed M Sports automatic transmission with aluminum pull-style paddles on steering wheel as well as 4-piston calipers with 15.6” rotor at the front and 20” alloy wheels.
The BMW X6 M Design Edition was initially launched in 2013 but is limited to just 100 units. This version of the X6 features full Merino leather upholstery as well as individual interior trim in Piano Black and 21” M Performance light-alloy wheels in double-spoke design. Some of the different body colors that this car is available in include Apline White, Melbourne Metallic red, and Sapphire Black. Some of the optional features that this vehicle has to offer include a head-up display with additional M specific display, lumbar support, heated seats, a storage package, and HiFi Professional or BMW Individual audio system. The X6 is definitely one of the more luxurious sedans/crossovers to hit the market and is one of BMW’s flagships.