2015 BMW X6 Redesigned but Not Reconfigured
By: Jeff Youngs, 6/16/2014
When the redesigned 2015 BMW X6 goes on sale later this year, it will be offered in familiar all-wheel-drive xDrive35i and xDrive50i model series, joined by a new rear-wheel-drive sDrive35i model. BMW's workhorse 3.0-liter, turbocharged 6-cylinder engine makes 300 horsepower in those models with "35i" designations, while the xDrive50i gets an upgraded and more powerful 445-horsepower, twin-turbocharged V-8 engine for 2015.
Based on the latest version of the BMW X5, the new 2015 BMW X6 features reduced interior and cargo space but has more rakish fastback styling. Buyers can stick with the standard look or upgrade to the more rugged xLine package or the sporty M Sport Line package. A variety of wheel choices help tailor the new X6 to specific tastes, and buyers can upgrade the HID headlights to LED illumination complete with automatic high-beam operation.
Inside, BMW's layered design approach is rendered in a variety of materials and colors, and Interior Design packages add greater levels of luxury. Leather seats are standard, along with BMW's iDrive infotainment system and a new Dynamic Digital Instrument Cluster with configurable black-panel technology. Seating is designed to supply comfort for four people, though a fifth passenger can squeeze in when necessary.
The 40/20/40 split-folding rear seat expands cargo capacity from 20.5 cu. ft. to 53.9 cu. ft., and a power tailgate with a soft-close function is standard. Optionally, the tailgate can power open and shut by itself after the person with the Comfort Access key fob waves his or her foot under the rear bumper.
Every 2015 X6 is equipped with BMW Assist and BMW Apps services, supplying a number of safety and infotainment functions. Upgrades include a navigation system with touchpad entry technology, a premium surround-sound audio system, rear-seat entertainment system, head-up display, and a park-assist system. Among the X6 model's option packages are the Dynamic Handling package, Cold Weather package, Driver Assistance package, and the Driver Assistance Plus package.
Driving Dynamics Control is standard for every 2015 BMW X6. Offering the driver a choice between Eco Pro, Comfort, Sport, and Sport+ driving modes, this system calibrates various vehicle features accordingly. In Eco Pro mode, the X6 attempts to maximize fuel economy through powertrain response, a coasting function, Proactive Driving Assistant feature, and more efficient navigation route mapping. Additionally, the new X6 is equipped with automatic start/stop technology and a regenerative braking system.
With the redesigned BMW X6, the automaker upgrades and refines the model's original recipe. For all the details, please be sure to read our complete preview of the 2015 BMW X6.
- 2015 BMW X6 Preview
- 2014 BMW X6 Overview
- BMW Car & Truck Quality, Dependability & Performance Ratings
- 2014 BMW Buyer's Guide