MOTOR’s editor, Ray Leathern, is on the frontlines, bringing you the reveals that matter from this year’s IAA motor show in Frankfurt. Here’s the new BMW X6.
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Can you believe it? It’s been nearly ten years since BMW started the craze of exploring every automotive niche imaginable. Billed as the first Sports Activity Coupè, the BMW X6 was very controversial at its launch but it laid the foundation for many of the additional body styles we see manufactures producing today. Think Audi Q8 and Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupè; BMW did it first with the X6 and reaped the rewards by selling more than 443 000 units globally.
This latest iteration X6 makes its debut at Frankfurt and brings with it fresh design. It looks to be an evolution over the previous model while promising to be an all-new machine under the skin, produced at the BMW Plant Spartanburg in South Carolina.
This centre of expertise for BMW X models also handles production of the majority of X vehicles. Longer, lower, wider and with an extended wheelbase over the model it replaces, BMW promises a luxurious, practical yet sporty ride with the presence on the road to match.
The thumping great 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 found in the impressive 5 and 8 Series is put to work at the summit of the new X6 range in the X6 M50i. An M Performance model, it offers some mind-bending performance with a claimed 0-100 km/h time of 4.3 sec and 390 kW/750 Nm sent to all four wheels via the familiar 8-speed ZF automatic transmission.
For folks who really want to make a statement, a one-off Vantablack X6 (video below) was displayed at Frankfurt as well. It’s said to be the ‘blackest black absorbing 99% of all light. Regardless of your preferred colour, the 2020 X6 could very well be the best of its kind yet.