The new BMW X6 is going to be launched in India on July 23. While the first-generation E71 X6 failed to meet the expectations when it was launched here in 2012, the German manufacturer will aim to make a mark in this niche segment once again, by introducing this second generation model.
The new X6 retains the coupe-like roofline as well as the styling cues from the current model, though the styling has been toned down to make it look less dramatic. The front of the car features the trademark twin kidney grille and narrower angel eye headlamps. The new X6 gets bigger overhangs on both ends, which have increased in length by 34mm.
Internally called F16, the new X6 is based on a new platform borrowed from the current-generation X5 SUV. Thanks to extensive use of aluminum and lightweight construction, the new X6 is 10 kilograms lighter than the outgoing model, despite the additional equipment. The new platform has also helped improve the agility, response and on-road dynamics of the X6.
The interior of the X6 has been comprehensively revamped and the car comes loaded with creature comforts and equipment borrowed from the X5. Like the previous model, we expect the new X6 to be offered in xDrive30d and xDrive50i trims for the Indian market. Being a niche vehicle, the BMW X6 currently doesn’t have any competition in the Indian market, though the upcoming Mercedes-Benz GLE will be pitted directly against it.