This year brings the third generation of BMW's X6 crossover, which the company calls a sports activity coupe. It's based on the X5, but sports a more athletic-looking body that sacrifices some interior space.
BMW offers the X6 in xDrive40i and M50i trims, each one built around a different engine. The former uses a 3.0L turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine, and the latter a 4.4L turbo V8. Both are standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission and AWD.
In xDrive40i trim, the X6 comes with 21-inch wheels and tires, remote engine start, an M Sport exhaust system, runflat tires, integral active steering, an alarm system, adaptive LED headlights, LED fog lights, and an M aerodynamics package.
Inside, there's a panoramic sunroof, heated sport front seats with electric adjustments and memory, leatherette dash trim, aluminum interior trim, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, ambient interior lighting, Apple CarPlay, auto-dimming side and rearview mirrors, satellite radio, BMW Connected Drive services, and gesture control.
Standard safety items include rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning with city-speed braking, blind spot warning, rear collision prevention, tire pressure monitoring, active protection, driving assistant, automatic high beams, and night vision with pedestrian detection.
M50i trim gets 22-inch wheels and tires, M Sport brakes and M Sport differential, tetragon aluminum interior trim, and a black headliner.
A Premium Essential pack brings niceties like passive keyless entry, soft-close doors, heated rear seats, four-zone climate control, side sun shades, and a head-up display.
A Premium Enhanced group adds, among many other things, laserlight headlights, and wireless smartphone charging.
A Premium Excellence package supplies massaging front seats, surround view cameras, ambient air, ventilated front seats, and glass appliques on some secondary controls. This group also includes a full suite of active safety and driver assists, like front cross traffic alert, steering and lane control, active cruise control, lane keeping assist, and a traffic jam assistant.
Those driver aids can also be added independently in the advanced driving assistance group.
BMW's fuel consumption estimates for the X6 are 11.7/9.1 L/100 km (city/highway) with the xDrive40i's six-cylinder, and 14.5/10.7 for the M50i's V8.