2015 BMW X6 spy shots
Today we have the first spy shots of a prototype for the second-generation X6, which we’re expecting in showrooms in the second half of next year, as a 2015 model. The reason for the relatively quick gestation is that the new X6 will once again be sharing a platform with BMW’s X5, which was renewed just this year.
Though the styling and overall shape haven’t changed much (why mess with a winning formula?), the new X6 is expected to be longer from bumper to bumper (by some 1.3 inches) and its track a bit wider, too. The headlight and grille treatment is similar to what we see on the latest X5 and the interior is likely to match up as well.
Under the hood, expect to see turbocharged in-line six-cylinder engines powered by both gasoline and diesel once again, as well as some turbo V-8s. The base X6 sDrive35i should come with 300 horsepower and standard rear-wheel drive. Buyers of course will still be able to opt for xDrive all-wheel drive.
At the other end of the powertrain spectrum, expect to see a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 once again featured in a new X6 M. A new X5 M is already in the works and we should be seeing the new X6 M starting development soon. Overseas, buyers should also have the option of sporty M Performance diesels. It’s not clear yet but BMW may also offer a plug-in hybrid model featuring a drivetrain based on the one featured in this year’s Concept X5 eDrive.
Underneath the new X6, base models will stick with a conventional suspension design with steel springs, while high-end models will get a self-leveling pneumatic suspension with adjustable ride control. An eight-speed automatic will be fitted across the range.
Note, a new X6 isn’t the only coupe crossover BMW has in the works; the automaker is also working on a smaller X4 due out next year as well.