Usually, the main gripe when new cars launch is that there are far too few photos of the vehicle. Or they are not photos at all: but digital renderings that often do not show the car in real-world detail.
But with the latest BMW X6 photo batch, we raise the white flag.
350 photos is too many for any editor to process.
But in the name of completeness, we have faithfully included them all here.
The car looks most amazing in M Sport trims versus the xLine, which has a somewhat busier lower nose, more chrome brightwork, and a less-cool overall road presence.
2015 BMW X6 M Sport
One issue with BMW's rapidly-evolving technology suite in all models is that the existing cars can feel a bit left-behind by mid-cycle. Luckily, BMW is also rolling out models far quicker than Mercedes-Benz and especially Audi/VW.
While the new GTI has finally - finally! - arrived in US dealerships this week, BMW has made its long-time best market a priority, especially for the Spartnburg-built X5, X4, X3 and X7 models. We truly get them first.
The gravy train keeps rolling and even picks up speed today, with the second-gen X6 debuting online ahead of its expected arrival in stores by late summer 2014 as a 2015 model.
The look is largely evolutionary from afar, much like the latest X5, but the enhancements are deep and comprehensive. These include the latest infotainment and efficiency solutions under the skin, as well as a 45-horsepower jump in the xDrive50i and its twin-turbocharged V8 engine.
The total tally for the V8 X6 is now 445 horsepower, which through BMW's outstanding ZF eight-speed auto should deliver sprint times comfortably below 5.0-seconds. We would ballpark 4.7-seconds for the xDrive50i.
The stout and lighter xDrive35i returns for 2015, along with a rear-drive variant that is new for the second-gen truck. This sDrive35i promises to be perhaps the pick of the litter, at least for those without snow concerns and a penchant for power oversteer.
Stay tuned for full details on the X6 pricing and arrival date as the information becomes available.
2015 BMW X6 xLine
Official Release from BMW below.
2015 BMW X6
Second generation of the world’s first Sports Activity Coupe
New rear-wheel drive X6 sDrive35i
Improved performance for the V8 X6 xDrive50i
Woodcliff Lake, NJ – June 5, 2014 6:00pm EDT/3:00pm PDT . . . With the introduction of the all-new 2015 BMW X6, the company celebrates the second generation of the world’s first-ever Sports Activity Coupe.
When the company took the bold step of combining the performance of a BMW Sports Activity Vehicle with the emotional design character of a traditional coupe, BMW created a vehicle concept that the market had not yet even conceived of. With global sales of 250,000 X6s to date, it is clearly a concept that the marketplace has embraced. In additional to an updated and even more extroverted design, the new X6 introduces the first rear-wheel drive model in the line-up with the X6 sDrive35i, powered by BMW’s award-winning 300 horsepower TwinPower Turbo inline six.
It joins models with xDrive, BMW’s intelligent all-wheel drive system – the BMW X6 xDrive35i and the X6 xDrive50i featuring BMW’s updated 445 horsepower TwinPower Turbo 4.4-liter V8. All models are equipped with BMW’s 8-speed Steptronic sport automatic transmission. The new 2015 BMW X6 will again be produced exclusively at the company’s production facility in Spartanburg, South Carolina and will arrive in US showrooms in late 2014. Pricing will be announced closer to launch.
Exterior design: dynamic proportions, fluid lines, striking accents.
The design of the new BMW X6 body combines the robust presence of a BMW Sports Activity Vehicle with the hallmark sporting elegance of the brand’s Coupes to create an unmistakably athletic appearance. The long hood, long wheelbase, short front overhang and set-back passenger compartment are characteristic design features of a BMW. Its high window sill and large wheel arches highlight the Sports Activity Coupe’s ties to the BMW SAV family.
Dynamic proportions and flowing lines reflect its sporty, agile handling on the road. The muscular and robust aspects of the vehicle’s design point to its versatility and appetite for action off the beaten track. At the front of the vehicle, the X-shaped contour lines of the bumper, the matt-silver underbody protection, the particularly powerful design of the BMW kidney grille and the arrangement of the twin circular headlights along front LED foglights are the most prominent signature features of a BMW SAV. The large headlight units reach all the way to the BMW kidney grille and extend outwards well into the fenders. Sweeping chrome inserts and the prominently three-dimensional design of the lights underline the sophisticated character of the standard Xenon headlights. Optional Adaptive LED Headlights can be specified for the new BMW X6.
Among the other ingredients in the extroverted, athletic looks of the new BMW X6 are the clearly visible details designed to optimize the car’s aerodynamics. They include the air deflectors on the front wheel arches, the Air Curtains integrated into the outer air intakes of the front apron and the Air Breathers in the fenders, which team up to reduce turbulence in the front wheel arches.
The side view of the new BMW X6 is likewise defined by eye-catching lines and sharply-drawn contours. The wedge shape of the silhouette is accentuated by a model-specific interpretation of the double swage lines. Emerging from the front wheel arches, the first rises steadily up along the new BMW X6 to the rear door handles. A second swage line sets out on a lower path, extending in a dynamic sweep into the rear lights. The eye is therefore drawn immediately to both the strong presence of the new BMW X6, thanks not only to the coupe-style roofline but also a glasshouse whose light, intricate look contrasts with the powerful body.
At the rear, horizontal lines emphasize the width and solid stance of the new BMW X6, while the surface design in the area of the high-opening tailgate, a powerfully formed bumper and flat rear apron signal robust athleticism. The three-dimensional LED light strips of the two-section, L-shaped rear lights, meanwhile, create a striking night-time look. As with the front, a matt silver-colored underbody protection element completes the lower edge of the body.
Customers can choose from two non-metallic and nine metallic colors for the body paintwork of the new BMW X6, including the new-to-the-range Dark Olive and Flamenco Red Metallic. Available as an option for the new BMW X6 are aluminum running boards.
Interior: sporting elegance, modern luxury, advanced functionality.
Boasting generous levels of spaciousness, the high seating position typical of a BMW SAV and high-quality, beautifully finished materials, the interior of the new BMW X6 creates the perfect environment for a driving experience cloaked in an air of luxury. The three-dimensional design and horizontal structure of the layered surfaces underline the broad sweep of the instrument panel, which – along with the upper-arm trim panels – features a high-quality Softskin surface with black decorative stitching. The interior trim elements in Poplar Wood now sit atop a high-gloss black surface, which is bordered on its lower edge by an accent strip in Pearl Gloss Chrome. Interior trim strips in Brushed Aluminum, Fineline Oak Wood, Fineline Striped Wood and Fineline Pure Wood can also be specified as a no-cost option.
The ambient lighting designs included in the standard lighting package lend extra emphasis to the visual unity between the instrument panel and door panels. LED units arranged in a wrap-around contour line, as well as in other areas of the interior, create an alluring effect. Blue, white and orange light can be selected, either in monochrome or in six pre-stored combinations via the iDrive system.
The instrument cluster and the displays for the climate control and ventilation in the new BMW X6 all feature black-panel technology. The content, presentation and color of the screens in the standard Dynamic Digital Instrument Cluster vary according to the mode selected by means of the Driving Dynamics Control switch. The freestanding, 10.2-inch flatscreen Control Display comes as part of the standard-fitted iDrive operating system.
The distinctive style of the new BMW X6’s interior is captured in the sports leather steering wheel with multifunction buttons and shift paddles, gearshift lever in sporty design and a rear seat bench whose two outer seats have a distinct individual seat character and which offers large storage compartments in the center armrest. Another model-specific equipment detail are the knee pads on the center console, which feature contrast stitching on their leather surface and an accent strip in Pearl Gloss Chrome.
xLine, M Sport and options: Tailoring the BMW X6 to individual tastes
An extensive selection of options, the new xLine and M Sport all create additional scope for tailoring the new BMW X6 precisely to individual tastes in terms of luxury and dynamics.
Customers can choose from six colors for the standard Dakota leather trim, including the new variants Cognac and Coral Red. Seat heating for the driver and front passenger is standard, while heated rear seats are available in the Cold Weather Package. Driving pleasure and long-distance comfort can also be enhanced with features including the standard BMW Navigation System with touchpad Controller, the Bang & Olufsen surround-sound system and the new Rear Entertainment System. All model variants of the new BMW X6 feature standard 19-inch light-alloy wheels. Additional 19-inch as well as 20-inch light-alloys are also available.
Optimized functionality: variable-use load compartment, hands-free tailgate opening and closing.
The variability of the interior has also been raised another notch. The rear seat backrests can now be split/folded 40 : 20 : 40, allowing the capacity of the load compartment to be increased in stages from 20.5 cu.ft. to a maximum of 53.9 cu.ft. Numerous storage compartments, plus door pockets which can accommodate 1.5-liter bottles at the front and one-liter bottles in the rear, also contribute to impressive levels of functionality in everyday and touring use.
Power tailgate operation is also included for the new BMW X6. The tailgate can now be both opened and closed via remote control and from the driver’s seat at the touch of a button. Maximum convenience for loading and unloading the new BMW X6 is provided by the hands-free trunk opening and closing function, which comes as part of the Comfort Access feature (standard on X6 xDrive50i/optional on X6 sDrive35i and X6 xDrive35i). Sensors detect foot movements underneath the rear apron and send out signals which prompt the electric tailgate into action.
The tailgate comes with a standard Soft Close Automatic function, which is also available for the doors as an option. The new BMW X6 also comes standard with a power glass sunroof whose surface has the same width but is almost five inches longer than on the previous model.
2015 BMW X6
xLine: lending the exterior and interior an exclusive aura.
Customers keen to experience the new BMW X6 beyond its standard form may well be attracted by the xLine which provides a particularly vivid showcase for the assured presence and exclusive aura of the exterior. In addition, the Interior Design Packages bring additional luxury to the interior.
The xLine helps give the new BMW X6 an unmistakably exclusive appearance with a host of details, some of which – in addition to their uniform Cerium Grey color scheme – also have a model-specific design. These include optical underbody protection elements in stainless steel for the front and rear apron, illuminated door sills and footplates in aluminum for the driver’s and front passenger’s door, kidney grille bars with a distinctive geometry, bespoke inserts and bars for the air intakes, distinctive trim for the Air Breathers on the fenders, the trim strip on the trailing edge of the tailgate, and the exterior mirror caps. Adding a unique flourish to the side view is the combination of exterior mirror bases and B- and C-pillar trim in high-gloss black, plus aluminum surrounds in Cerium Grey for the side windows and exterior mirror caps. Another exclusive feature of the xLine is the 20-inch light-alloy wheels in V-spoke design and bi-color finish with mixed-size tires.
The Interior Design Packages are available in a choice of two similarly stylish variants sporting different color schemes. This option centers around Exclusive Nappa leather upholstery with extended features, an equipment item that includes seat surfaces in the new Ivory White/Black or Cognac/Black bi-color variants. The particularly high-grade leather in Ivory White or Cognac is applied to the seats, center console, armrests and door panels. In addition, the upper-arm trim panels and instrument panel are both lined with black full leather which, like the black bolsters of the seat surfaces and backrests, are adorned with contrast stitching. Depending on the color selected for the leather upholstery, the vehicle’s exclusive interior ambience can be rounded off by any of the available trims. The Interior Design Packages also include a car key with buttons in Pearl Gloss Chrome.
Making the case for maximum dynamics: M Sport for the new BMW X6.
M Sport can also be ordered for all models of the new BMW X6. The dynamic character of the Sports Activity Coupe is accentuated by aerodynamically optimized body elements with large air intakes at the front end, strikingly contoured side skirts, a diffuser insert for the rear apron, as well as a bespoke BMW kidney grille design with bars in matte aluminum and high-gloss chrome exhaust tailpipe embellishers in the trapezoidal geometry that is standard on the X6 xDrive50i. The lower borders of the wheel arches along with the side skirts are painted in body color. M Sport also includes BMW Individual High-gloss Shadow Line trim, 19-inch or optional 20 inch M light-alloy wheels, as well as the option to upgrade to the specially tuned Adaptive M suspension.
As well as aluminum door sill strips bearing the M logo and the anthracite-colored BMW Individual roof liner, features including electrically adjustable sports seats for the driver and front passenger, interior trim in Aluminum Hexagon, an M leather steering wheel and an M driver’s footrest all combine to bring an intense aura of sporty driving to the interior of the new BMW X6. A specially designed car key is also part of M Sport.
Multi-award winning 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline six powers new X6 sDrive35i and X6 xDrive35i
The new X6 sDrive35i and X6 xDrive35i will be powered by BMW’s 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline-6 engine (internally known as N55). It develops maximum output of 300 hp at 5,800 rpm, with peak torque of 300 lb-ft available all the way from 1,200–5,000 rpm. The N55 engine was the first BMW inline-6 to combine turbocharging, High Precision direct fuel injection, and Valvetronic variable intake technology. It features a single, mid-sized turbocharger with a “twin-scroll” housing to boost performance and minimize response lag. Using Valvetronic for the first time on a turbocharged inline-6 allows the engine to “inhale” air more efficiently for combustion with virtually no delay and with reduced pumping losses. The X6 sDrive35i and X6 xDrive35i will accelerate from 0 – 60 mph in six seconds flat. That is 0.3 seconds quicker than the previous generation X6 xDrive35i. Thanks to a lower curb weight and other EfficientDynamics measures it is also expected to be more efficient (EPA mileage estimates will be available closer to launch).
BMW X6 xDrive 50i features the latest TwinPower Turbo V8
The 4.4-liter V-8 engine (N63) that powers the outgoing X6 xDrive50i receives an upgrade from its successor. The unique “reverse-flow” engine, whose two turbochargers are positioned in the V-area between the cylinder banks is well known for producing an instantaneous and sustained wave of power, making it a delight for the enthusiast driver. This new version of the engine adds BMW’s Valvetronic variable valve timing to the list of specifications. As a result, the new version of the engine (N63TÜ) develops a maximum 445 hp between 5,500 and 6,000 rpm (a 45 hp increase), and makes peak torque of 480 lb-ft between 2,000 and 4,500 rpm (a 30 lb-ft increase). This newest TwinPower Turbo V8 powers the new X6 xDrive50i from 0-60 mph in just 4.8 seconds, 0.4 seconds quicker than its predecessor. Thanks to the addition of Valvetronic, lower curb weight and other EfficientDynamics measures, the new X6 xDrive50i will also see significant efficiency gains (EPA mileage estimates will be available closer to launch).
BMW EfficientDynamics: eight-speed automatic and ECO PRO mode with new functions.