The 2020 BMW X6 has been revealed, and it’s still clearly the less practical, more design-driven version of the X5. But the latest X6 works a little harder to distinguish itself from its X5 sibling. It features a tweaked front fascia and a particularly sporty rear.
Starting with the nose, the differentiation is subtle but noteworthy. The kidney grilles are a little lower, wider, and they narrow at the top, similar to the design seen on the X2. And the kidneys light up! That is, if you go for the light-up kidneys option. The lower grilles are bigger, too. The overall effect is more scowling and aggressive than that of the X5.
And now X6 fans can rejoice over the fact the updated model is finally out. Among the first X6 styling elements to be changed were the F16’s Halo headlights, soft yet protruding grille, and subtle front air intakes residing on the fascia. In place of those are BMW’s new signature headlamps, which feature four angular LED light strips arranged as a partial hexagon, an enlarged kidney grille that introduces BMW’s new grille illumination feature, and much more imposing front air intakes beneath those nostrils.
That spec uses the same 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder engine as the all-wheel drive xDrive 40i to send 335 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque (an increase of 33 hp and 35 lb-ft over the old model) to the rear wheels rather than all four. Like its xDrive counterpart, the sDrive 40i gets an 8-speed automatic transmission, allowing the RWD SUV to hit 60 mph from a standstill in 5.2 seconds, with the AWD xDrive 40i making the same run in 5.3 seconds.
A V8 version of the X6 with BMW’s 4.4-liter turbocharged engine is available in the xDrive M50i model (no standard 50i model available here), also mated to an 8-speed auto and this time making 523 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. That allows it to hit 60 mph from a stop in 4.1 seconds before it reaches its 130 mph top speed with all-season rubber or 155 mph top speed when equipped with high-performance summer tires. Upcoming X6 M models are expected to keep that same engine, which produces up to 625 HP in the M8 Competition .
All X6 models will get an eight-speed automatic transmission and are electronically limited to 130 mph with all-season tires or 155 mph with summer tires. The all-wheel drive xDrive40i and M50i have systems that operate in rear-drive mode until slip is detected. The X6 crossovers also feature double-wishbone front suspension and multilink rear. Adjustable damping is standard on the X6 with the Dynamic Handling Package adding roll stabilization and rear-wheel steering. Self-leveling air suspension is another option along with adjustable exhaust. The M50i gets a standard electronically controlled rear differential that provides some torque vectoring. It’s available on the lower-trim 40i models.
If you’ve made it your mission in life to get behind the wheel of the new X6, BMW is going to you wait until November of 2019, when the X6 goes on sale. Expect the Sports Activity Coupe to start at $64,300 for a new 2020 X6 sDrive40i model, $66,600 for the X6 xDrive40i, and $85,650 for the X6 M50i. Pricing does not include the $995 destination charge.