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19th February, 2012

Whilst still possessing a unique combination of dynamics and versatility, an updated BMW X6 will debut at next month's Geneva Motor Show ahead of its mid-2012 European release.

Selective modifications in design and innovative equipment features hone the profile of the new BMW X6 as a distinctive model within the premium segment of the all-wheel-drive market. Its standing is due to both its expressive design, combining the lines of a coupé with the appeal of a BMW X model, and the driving experience provided by powerful petrol and diesel engines fitted with BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology and the all-wheel-drive system known as xDrive.

Since its launch, more than 150,000 of the SUV have been sold. This exceeds the original plans. And the continuing demand for the BMW X6 on worldwide markets is confirmation of the unusual appeal of this SUV.

Striking accentuations at the front and rear, adaptive LED headlamps as a new option.

The standard fog lights are now set in matt finish surrounds in the upper area of the outer air inlets. Their higher and more lateral position emphasises the width of the vehicle. The striking three-dimensional modelling of the frame and newly designed bars, angled in the lower section, make the BMW kidney grille stand out conspicuously within the vehicle front section.

As an alternative to the standard bi-xenon light, the new BMW X6 is the first vehicle in its segment to be fitted optionally with adaptive LED headlamps. Their bright white light ensures optimum visibility, while their high-quality appearance represents a new interpretation of the brand's hallmark twin circular headlamps. The three-dimensionally shaped luminous rings of the adaptive LED headlamps are strikingly levelled off both at the top and bottom and are overlaid at the upper edge by an LED-fed accent light. The light sources for low and high beam light are LED units positioned on a horizontal bar at its centre, feeding their light into the reflectors in front. In the new BMW X6 M50d and BMW X6 M, adaptive LED headlights are fitted as standard.

With its newly designed rear lights with LED technology, the powerfully shaped rear section of the new BMW X6 also features more intense styling. The rear lights are now two LED-fed light banks which provide the brand's hallmark night design as a harmoniously glowing light mass. The fact that they are horizontally aligned and stretch far out to the sides emphasises both the width of the vehicle and the flowing transition between the side section and rear.

Attractive supplements to the programme of external paint finishes, light alloy wheel and leather trim.

The programme of external paint finishes for the new BMW X6 consists of two non-metallic and eight metallic colours, including Marrakech Brown metallic, Orion Silver metallic and Midnight Blue metallic. The standard equipment range of the new BMW X6 also includes 19-inch light alloy wheels. In the 8-cylinder model BMW X6 xDrive 50i these now feature a new double spoke design in bi-colour. The selection of light alloy wheels available as an option is supplemented with a 20-inch version in Y-spoke, bi-colour design. An optional feature for all versions of the BMW X6 is a bonnet with a strikingly shaped powerdome.

The standard leather trim "Nevada" is also available in the colour "Vermilion Red". The exclusive nappa leather option with extended features includes a choice between the colours Black and Ivory White. The luggage compartment volume of the X6 is 570 litres and can be increased to up to 1,450 litres by folding down the rear backrests.

As an additional option, the M Sport Plus package is offered for the new BMW X6. This equipment package includes 20-inch M light alloy wheels in double spoke design and bi-colour finish with mixed tyres, adaptive LED headlamps, BMW Individual high-gloss Shadow Line, black surrounds for the fog lights and M door sill cover strips. The accentuations for the exterior are supplemented with a sporty interior ambience. Features here include the sports seats with electrical adjustment and memory function, M-specific Alcantara/Nappa leather combination in black with M-style welt and contrast stitching, M leather steering wheel with shift paddles, stainless steel pedals, interior strips in Aluminium Flywheel black and the BMW Individual roof liner in anthracite.

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The new engines.

The petrol and diesel engines with BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology available for the BMW X6 deliver impressive pulling power and low fuel consumption figures. The V8 engine of the BMW X6 xDrive50i delivers 300 kW, while in the BMW X6 xDrive35i an in-line 6-cylinder petrol engine with 225 kW ensures adequate performance. The in-line 6-cylinder diesel engines of the BMW X6 xDrive40d and BMW X6 xDrive30d mobilise 225 kW and 180 kW respectively.

The BMW X6 M50d sets a new benchmark for pulling power and efficiency with a newly developed 280 kW in-line 6-cylinder diesel engine. Its unique triple turbocharging gives the in-line 6-cylinder diesel engine a thrust which sets in early and is maintained right through to the high engine speed range. Its maximum torque is 740 Newton metres. One of the factors contributing to its exceptional efficiency - especially in relation to its output - is the new version of the common rail direct injection, whose piezo injectors apply a maximum pressure of 2,200 bar.


With an acceleration rate of 5.3 seconds for the sprint from zero to 100 km/h, the BMW X6 M50d outdoes 8-cylinder models, while its average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle is 7.7 litres per 100 kilometres.

As an additional product offer from BMW M GmbH, the BMW X6M with its V8 engine delivering 408 kW also benefits from detailed refinements in the area of design and equipment. The BMW X6 M is fitted with a 6- speed M Sport automatic transmission, also highlighting its individual status with such features as separately developed suspension technology.

Australian specifications and availability.

Stay tuned to Next Car for details, in due course, on Australian specifications and availability. A late 2012 local release is anticipated.


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