The all-new BMW X5 made its debut late last year, so it was perhaps no surprise that the next-generation X6 would follow suit. Now, it's here, and it has one particular feature that's rather attention grabbing.
That would be its illuminated grill, and it seems to be the first crossover to have it. Now, we know BMW has extensively engineered this new X6, but let's take a look at the grill first.
Aside from it being illuminated (by LEDs, nonetheless), the grill on the 2020 X6 is one of the largest from BMW. While not as sizable as the X7 or 7 Series' gaping nostrils, it's still quite a sight in photos. Couple that with the signature 'corona rings' (or angel eyes as some people call it), it looks like the X6 is all about rear-view mirror presence. That said, the lit-up grill is an option but we can't help but wonder if it might kick off a new trend.
Back to the vehicle itself and the X6 is largely derived from the X5. However, that doesn't mean the look is exactly that of the X5 with a sloping rear window. BMW gave the X6 its own unique front end with more rakish headlights, a more muscular stance, more pronounced hood bulges, and a different bumper design.
Not only that, the fenders and doors are also different from the X6. There's a more defined shoulder line, making the crossover coupe look even wider than it appears. Also, the window sill sweeps upwards to give the impression of a couple and the windows themselves are slimmer. Of course, there's the slant back roof design which has been a signature of the X6 since the first generation.
But whereas the exterior is different from the X5, the X6's cabin is largely similar to its more upright-looking counterpart. It has the same cascading dashboard fascia with polygonal shapes throughout. Drivers are greeted by BMW's new, fully-digital instrument cluster, which is seen on models like the X5, 8 series, 3 Series, and the updated 7 Series. Sticking to tradition, the center stack of the all-new X5 is tilted towards the driver, a BMW signature. It also gets BMW's new iDrive infotainment system with Gesture Control being an option.
On to engines and there are four to choose from, two gas and two diesel. The gas range starts with the xDrive40i with its straight-six, 3.0-liter turbo making 340 PS. But for those who still think over 300 horsepower isn't enough, there's the V8-powered M50i which makes 530 PS. As for the diesels, the 3.0-liter, inline-six xDrive30d putting out 265 PS, and the M50d at 400 PS. All X6 models are all-wheel drive and shift via an eight-speed automatic transmission.