The 2018 BMW X6 better illustrates the evolution of the luxury crossover than any other vehicle. It is a large vehicle with a smooth, sloped roofline. Think of it as the unconventional brother to the more conventional and family-oriented BMW X5.
The new X6 rides the same 115.5-inch wheelbase as before. The fastback design has been updated with the exterior character lines provided by the X4 from last year, but these seem better proportioned when they are lengthened on the longer X6, which has gained 1.8 inches overall length. The redesigned interior with a prominent 10.2-inch screen that occupies a central position on the dashboard. It is coupled with the latest version of the iDrive, which has evolved from its initial status into a horrible burden throughout management up to a really useful system. This example was embellished with a 1950s “Cognac Interior Design” set that combined red-brown accents, black leather and “Fineline Striped” trim in a plush cabin atmosphere. It was a little more old-school than some of our drivers might prefer, but like most BMWs, there are many other choices (like metal rather than wood). Remember when the cab of a BMW was still a black hole with big daylight openings? It’s the old normal.
Reinventing oneself for one’s own good is not always successful, however. We’re still not big fans of BMW’s latest thinking on the electronic automatic shift lever, with its side release button and complex choice that never seems natural, but at least the X6 has pallets to handle manual selection reports.
The rear seat now has a seat belt for a center occupant where the previous model was strictly a four-seater. BMW correctly calls this 4 + 1 seat, the center being uncomfortable for everyone except young children, who should be in a safety seat anyway. This rear seat folds into a 40/20/40 configuration, useful when cargo needs exceed 26.6 cubic feet of space accessible through the hatch, which is now operated.
Let’s start with the basic model, available in sDrive35i (rear wheel drive) or xDrive35i (all wheel drive) versions. Under the hood is a twin-turbo 3.0-liter online-6 rated at 300 horsepower, which is not too ugly. The X6 xDrive50i is only available in all-wheel drive and its 4.4-liter, twin-turbo V8 is an engine enthusiast with its 445 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque, enough to trigger a 0- Sprint of 60 mph. An 8-speed automatic transmission with quick change is the only transmission proposed.
Even equipped, with more than $ 10,000 in options, this X6 remained below the $ 75,000 ordered by Stuttgart for an S.