The latest BMW X6 has arrived in Australia, with improved performance and more features, but higher pricing. The 2015 BMW X6 initially will be available in three variants – xDrive30d, xDrive50i and M50d – and an entry level petrol variant xDrive35i and another diesel variant xDrive40d will arrive in early 2015.
The xDrive 30d is priced $5,000 higher now, at $115,400 (excluding on-road costs). The variant is equipped with a 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel engine that produces 190 kW (258 hp) and 560 Nm of torque. The fuel consumption is marked at 6.0 litres per 100 kilometres (16.66 km/l). The X6 xDrive30d does 0-100 km/h in 6.7 seconds.
The price bump is justified with additional features such as, adaptive LED headlights, lane departure warning, collision warning, pedestrian warning with city braking function and a built-in SIM card for connecting to the BMW call centre in case of an accident.
At AUS $151,600, the xDrive50i costs about $1,500 more now. The variant is equipped with a 4.4-litre turbo V8 petrol engine which delivers 330 kW (450 hp) and 650 Nm of torque. Fuel consumption figure is marked at 9.7 litres per 100 kilometres (10.30 km/l). The X6 xDrive50i can do 0-100 in 4.8 seconds.
The current range-topping variant M50d is powered by the same tri-turbo 3.0-litre diesel engine from the old X6 but is 14% more efficient. The engine produces 280 kW (381 hp) and 740 Nm of torque. At $157,900, the X6 M50d is now pricier by $1,200.
Eight-speed automatic transmission, paddle-shifters and all-wheel drive are standard across the range. Driving modes for adjusting steering, gear and throttle responses are standard on all variants whereas adaptive dampers and rear air suspension are available in higher variants.
Surround-view camera and a head-up display is standard across the range. The xDrive50i and M50d variants feature Driving Assistant Plus, automatic parking, four-zone climate control, a Harmon/Kardon surround sound audio system with DAB+ tuner and metallic paint.