BMW X6: What You Should Expect

The X6 as a concept model

The German automaker BMW released X6 as mid-size luxury crossover for sale in 2nd quarter of 2008 for the 2009 model year. The X6 has been projected as the Sports Activity Coupe. It has the attributes of a SUV and the stance and elegance of a coupe. Hence it has a high ground clearance, all-wheel drive, all-weather ability, large wheels, large tires and also bold styling and a dramatic sloping roof.

At the Frankfurt Auto Show in 2007, the concept model of the X6 was debuted. The production X6 was officially debuted in 2008 in the North American Auto Show Detroit and also the Montreal International Auto Show. Compared to an X5, it slightly longer and wider and was initially could seat only 4 people. Since 2011, the car came with an option of seating 5 people.

Dynamics of X6

The X6 shares its platform with the X5. It is manufactured in BMW’s North American plant in Greer, South Carolina along with the X5.The BMS concept X6 Active Hybrid version has also been announced. In April 2009, the sporty X6 M version was announced. It has a 547 hp (408kW) 4.4 L turbocharged V8 engine.

The base model of X6 is the xDrive35i. It is powered by 225 kW version of N54 3.0 L twin-turbocharged inline-six gasoline engine. The top end model is the xDrive50i. This is powered by 300 kW, N63 V8 engine.

The X6 models and variants

When the X6 was launched it was made available in many markets through 2 of its variants namely, xDrive30d and xDrive35d. Both had BMW’s 3.0 L turbo diesel engine producing 235 PS (173 kW) in the xDrive30d and 286 PS (210 kW) in the xDrive35d version. The second power unit formed the base for the BMW diesel variant which was launched in late 2008 across 50 states.

The year 2010 saw the replacement of the 35d variant with the 40d. In 2012, a high performing M50d was added, which however had a 3.0 L engine.

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Technical Characteristics of BMW X6

Technical Characteristics of 2010 BMW X6 xDrive50i produced by BMW (DE).

Body Type Sport-utility vehicle 5 doors / 5 seats
Weight 2265 Kg
Length 4877 mm
Height 1690 mm
Wheelbase 2933 mm
Front Track 1644 mm
Rear Track 1706 mm
Ground Clearance 212 mm
Fuel Capacity 85 liters
Engine location front
Engine alignment longitudinal
Drive Wheels All wheel drive
Steering rack & pinion PAS
Fuel Supply System direct petrol injection
Max Power 407HP (300 kW) @ 5500 rpm
Max Torque 600Nm @ 1750 rpm
CO2 Emissions 292 g/Km
Engine Coolant water
Displacement 4395 cc
Bore 89 mm
Stroke 88 mm
Cam Design DOHC - Double Overhead Camshaft (per bank)
Cylinders n/a
Valves per cylinder 4
Total Valves 32
Compression Ratio 10:1
Aspiration Turbo
Front Brakes VeDi
Rear Brakes VeDi-S-ABS
Standard Wheels 9J x 19 / 9J x 19
Standard Tyres 255/50 R 19 107V XL / 255/50 R 19 107V XL
Suspension Front n/a
Suspension Rear n/a
Transmission 8 speed automatic
Number of gears 8
Acceleration 0-100 Km/h 5.4 seconds
Acceleration 80-120 Km/h n/a
Top Speed n/a
City 17.5 l/100km
Road 9.6 l/100km
Mixt 12.5 l/100km