BMW India has introduced the 2020MY X6 SUV coupe in two petrol xDrive40i trims: xLine and M Sport
German automaker BMW has launched the new third-gen X6 SUV coupe (dubbed SAC or ‘Sports Activity Coupe’ in Bavarian books) in India at a starting price of Rs 95 lakh ex-showroom. The 2020MY ‘G06’ BMW X6, sold as a CBU, comes in two xDrive40i trims: xLine and M Sport. There are nine colours and six interior themes to choose from.
Either petrol trim shares the same starting figure despite carrying considerable differences in terms of looks. There is no diesel option in the range. Bookings are open at all BMW dealerships that were recently opened after the Indian government eased down its COVID-19 lockdown protocols. Customers can also opt the online route to purchase BMW products. The all-new X6 has been added to BMW India’s ‘Contactless Experience’ online sales platform.
As understood from the nomenclature, it sits between the X5 mid-size five-seater and X7 full-size seven-seater SUVs. It also continues BMW’s modern trend of giving odd numbers to its regular line-up and even numbers to its sporty, niche or lifestyle offerings. Luxury automakers have been obsessed with odd-looking SUV coupes for quite some time since the market has a growing interest in the segment (as well as a general lack in automotive aesthetics).
In fact, the BMW X6 was the very first product which popularised this styling approach. One could argue that the first-gen E71 BMW X6 looked quite decent for its odd blend of body styles.
Highlights of the 2020MY BMW X6 include an illuminated ‘Iconic Glow’ kidney grille (still better than XXL-sized examples), adaptive air suspension, panoramic glass roof, 12.3-inch iDrive infotainment system with gesture control; temperature-controlled cup holders, latest BMW Live Cockpit Professional digital instrument console and BMW Display Key. In addition to this, there is a host of optional extras such as laser-LED headlamps, HUD, rear-seat entertainment package, Harman Kardon audio, 21-inch wheels and multiple visual specifications.
Powering the all-new BMW X6 is a BS6-compliant 3.0-litre TwinPower Turbo (basically a twin-scroll setup) straight-six petrol motor churning out 335bhp @ 5,500rpm and 450Nm @ 1,500-5,200rpm. As its ‘xDrive’ tag suggests, the output is sent to all four wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission. Top speed is capped at 250km/h. The SUV coupe can do a 0-100km/h acceleration run in 5.5 seconds.
At the moment, the 2020MY BMW X6 has no direct rivals in India. Instead, it has several alternatives such as the Porsche Cayenne Coupe, Audi Q8, Mercedes-Benz GLC or even the lesser BMW X4.