Text: Derryn Wong
Photos: CarBuyer Team
SINGAPORE – The new, third-generation BMW X6 coupe-SUV, along with a high-performance version of the X5 SUV has been launched in Singapore this evening at Jones the Grocer at Dempsey, to approximately 40 customers and prospects.
CarBuyer attended a media preview session in the afternoon where it was revealed that two engine variants are available in Singapore: the X6 xDrive40i (above right) and the M Performance Automobiles variant, the X6 M50i (above left). At the same event, BMW also took the covers off the BMW X5 M50i.
The X6 xDrive40i is priced from S$367,888 with COE. It’s powered by BMW’s current 2,998cc twin-scroll turbocharged inline six engine (as seen on numerous M40i variants such as the M340i and X4 M40i) with 340hp and 450Nm of torque.
It’s mated to an eight-speed gearbox and XDrive all-wheel drive system, good for a 0-100km/h sprint time of 5.5 seconds – that’s quite rapid considering the car’s 2,055kg kerbweight without a driver – and electronically limited top speed of 250km/h. Fuel consumption is a quoted 9.0L/100km, with CO2 emissions of 206g/km and VES band of C2.
The car shown here, in Riverside Blue metallic paint, is the M Sport variant – there
will be an XLine variant in the near future. are no plans for a xLine variant currently.
It looks largely similar to the M50i (above) variant on the outside, but the latter has grey rather than silver kidney grille frames.
As a large, luxury SUV-coupe the X6 packs a lot of standard equipment. Four-zone air conditioning, front sport seats, soft-close doors, auto tailgate, keyless, a BMW Display key (although you can’t park the car remotely like on a 7 Series), wireless smartphone charging and a Harman Kardon sound system.
Safety systems onboard are also extensive, with lane keeping/departure warning, forward collision warning, rear collision prevention, and rear cross traffic alert. The X6 xDrive40i has adaptive air suspension and 21-inch Y-spoke M design wheels as standard.
The X6 is based on the current CLAR platform that underpins all of BMW’s models from the 3 Series up, so not only has its footprint expanded slightly, you’ll also find all of the latest features from the BMW family onboard.
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That includes the new BMW OS 7.0 driver-car interface: A 10.25-inch main touchscreen display with gesture control, as well as the Intelligent Personal Assistant voice control feature, which is one of the more advanced and useful voice control systems around. The instrument panel is a 12.3-inch active unit, again like that seen on the X5.
The M Performance Automobiles version of the X6 is the M50i, and it’s priced from S$482,888 with COE. Powering the beast is a 4,395cc V8 engine, also with a twin-scroll turbocharger, which makes 530hp and a meaty 750Nm of torque.
Like the 40i model, it also has all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic gearbox, but the power bump gives the car serious go despite it weighing 2,235kg (without driver) : 0-100km/h in only 4.3 seconds, with a 250km/h limited top speed. Like the xDrive40i model, the M50i has a VES C2 rating, though its quoted efficiency is 11.5L/100km, with 263g/km of CO2.
The M50i has a significant amount of go-faster tuning, standard with the car is M-tuned adaptive suspension, an electronically-controlled rear differential, uprated brakes, and all-wheel steering (what BMW calls Integral Active Steering). The car also comes standard with a sport exhaust system, and gigantic 22-inch M-styled V-spoke wheels.
The car’s interior features carbonfibre trim, a M Sport steering wheel (like on the xDrive40i M Sport) and quilted leather sport seats.
The X5 M50i is priced from S$462,888 with COE, and is basically the X6 M50i in different clothes, with a more upright stance, easier access, larger boot space and better headroom. Otherwise, the performance specs are exactly the same, but in the usual fashion the X6 probably has a slight edge in the driving department.
The new third-gen X6 is 26mm longer and 15mm wider, though it’s now six mm lower than before, at 4,935mm long, 2,004mm wide, and 1,696mm wide, while the wheelbase has increased a significant 42mm to 2,975mm, which should spell for better room on the inside.
Boot space is the same, at 580-litres, though with the seats folded down it’s five-litres more spacious than before, at 1,530-litres total.
While the X6 had the coupe-SUV field to itself when it debuted in 2007, it’s seen plenty of rivals join the field including the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe, the Audi Q8, and existing large SUVs such as the Lexus RX and Range Rover Sport have evolved into slinkier, sportier versions of themselves too.