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BMW X6 Facelift Review

OVERVIEW ;

Sports Activity Coupe (SAC) is a vehicle type which not many are familiar with, after all there is only one such car in the SAC segment. The BMW X6 or in other words an SUV coupe is an interesting body type, which the German automaker kick started in 2008 and plans to continue by launching more SACs like the soon to be introduced X4. The company agrees the body style is quite unusual but the demand is high with more than 1.5 lakh units sold globally till date. Just last year the vehicle was given a minor facelift and was launched in India in November 2012. The BMW X6 has been suprisingly very successful which has prompted other automakers to consider entry in the segment as well. Audi is working on the Q6 while Mercedes-Benz is already in advanced stages of developing the MLC (ML-Coupe). The X6 has had a free run till now with no competition whatsoever. So what makes this X5 based vehicle tick? Check Price of X6 in New Delhi

EXTERIORS ;

Few might find the overall design of the X6 to be a bit odd. While the coupe roofline gives it a nice curvy silhouette, some might think it doesn’t sync too well with the large SUV body. I personally love the way the roofline blends into the integrated spoiler but it kind of eludes practicality; more on that later. But then design is entirely a matter of perspective. That aside, look closely and you simply can’t ignore certain details of the car. To ensure that the front-end looks aggressive and proportionate, BMW has widened and stretched the trademark kidney grille. The sleek twin headlights flanked by the eyebrow LED Daytime Running lights make the 2015 X6 look menacing.

We particularly liked the air-dams incorporated in the front bumper. They channel the wind towards the wheel such that it exits from the vent near the front doors, thereby reducing aerodynamic drag. The rear, although equally sculpted doesn’t look as butch as the front. Discount the badge and you might just mistake it for a beefier version of the 5 Series Gran Turismo.

INTERIORS ;

he insides are quite refined as every inch inside the cabin reflects richness and craftsmanship of skilled designers. The manufacturer has used a great amount of leather and superior grade plastic for designing the cabin. It gets a completely redesigned dashboard with fine-wood accents with glossy finish along with a few metallic inserts. The steering wheel has a signature three-spoke design along with the company’s logo embedded on it. This leather wrapped steering wheel is mounted with several illuminated control switches related to audio, calls and cruise control. Right behind this, there is a large instrument cluster that houses analogue gauges along with a color display. The seating arrangement is luxurious that can host at least five occupants. These seats are covered with premium grade leather upholstery that renders an opulent look to the cabin. While the seats have electrical adjustment facility along with lumbar support for added comfort. The company has given a lot of importance to the driver orientation to enhance convenience and driving experience. For this, its floor and the center console in the cockpit are equipped with an array of equipments, which are easy to reach and operate.

As for comfort features, this model series is equipped with several advanced comfort features unlike rest of the SUVs in this company’s portfolio. It has a powerful 4-zone automatic air conditioning system with rear air vents, which takes care of cabin temperature in all weather conditions. It also has rain and light sensors, which automatically switches on the wipers and lights when necessary. This model is integrated with features like electrically operated windows, power adjustable windows, a multi-functional M Sport leather wrapped steering wheel, front center armrest with storage compartment and electric steering column adjustment. Furthermore, it also has power adjustable front seats including memory function, leather upholstery for seats, smokers package, inside and outside rear view mirrors with automatic anti-dazzling function, roller sun blinds for rear side windows 60:40 split foldable rear bench seat. Along with these, the manufacturer has also equipped it with an electric glass sunroof and parking distance control feature for front and rear.

PERFORMANCE ;

The 2016 BMW X6 is available with 2 Petrol engine and 3 diesel engine options. The Petrol engine options include a newly introduced xDrive35i which produces 306 hp of peak power beside the existing V8 on the xDrive50i which now produces 450 Hp of peak power.The diesel drivetrain of the X6 consists of the xDrive40d which produces 313 hp of peak power and this diesel engine has been introduced recently to the lineup. You can also choose from the existing diesel engine lineup which consists of the six-cylinder in-line diesel engine which produces 258 hp of peak power available with the xDrive30d. You can also choose from the powerful straight-six diesel with three turbochargers available with the M50d which generates 381 Hp of peak power.

All the above mentioned engines are mated with a eight-speed Steptronic sport transmission which enhances the overall driving experience. The X6 also comes equipped with an intelligent all-wheel-drive system that comes as a standard feature. This drive system ensures directional stability and cornering dynamics and also optimizes traction. Still if you are not satisfied with all these you can further opt for an optional link up with adaptive suspension packages, including Dynamic Performance Control.

RIDE AND HANDLING ;

Hit the road in the 2017 BMW X6 and the first thing you’ll notice is the authoritative acceleration provided by the 35i’s 300-horsepower six-cylinder engine. This engine also feels refined throughout its rev range and is nicely complemented by the smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission.If it’s more thrust you’re after, the xDrive50i model’s 445-hp V8 should prove sufficiently satisfying, although it comes at a hefty price premium. This engine provides all the performance most people could ever want, along with an exhilarating exhaust note when pushed hard. Best of all, its prodigious power output is balanced with a level of refinement that the hyperactive high-performance BMW X6 M sorely lacks.

The X6’s standard suspension produces an unruffled ride quality even over bad pavement. Dialing up the Comfort mode with the adjustable suspension produces a similar result. Switching the adjustable suspension to the firmer Sport mode improves handling thanks to firmer body control, though there’s no escaping the fact that this is a large, heavy vehicle with a higher center of gravity than your average sport sedan. The steering feels precise but doesn’t offer as much feedback as in competitors such as the Porsche Cayenne.

SAFETY FEATURES ;

The 2017 X6 comes heavily loaded with features. From Head-Up Display, night vision with dynamic light spot, 360 degree camera to parking assist, the X6 has it all. In terms of safety, the X6 gets 6 airbags, ABS, EBD and all other abbreviations you can think of. It also gets Lane departure warning and pedestrian alert. For the passengers at the back there are two separate HD 9.2-inch monitors with separate DVD drives to view different films on. Talking about movies and sound, the 2015 BMW X6 also comes with a 16 speaker Bang and Olufsen high end surround sound system.The centre console gets a 10.25-inch screen below which is the dual zone climate control and the controls for the integrated Bang and Olufsen infotainment system. Aside from the media and navigation, the screen also displays vehicle information and settings too. All the buttons are soft touch and well within reach. And then there is the automatic tailgate operation. If you hands are full after a shopping spree, a quick wave of the foot under the rear bumper opens up the tailgate.

VERDICT ;

The BMW X6 might loose out on headroom and boot space against the X5, but it offers an unparalleled level of desirability. While it sure is expensive, it’s a very different and unique body style which is attracting many people to the vehicle. The X6 has carved out such a niche that others are now following with their own offerings (Mercedes and Audi). If you want an SUV which drives well, performs brilliantly and looks out of this world, then the BMW X6 is your only choice today.

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