SUVs like the Range Rover Velar and Porsche Cayenne are going to have a tougher time starting now because the original sexy coupe SUV has returned.
BMW Malaysia's "X" model lineup has come full circle with the introduction of the all-new (G06) BMW X6. The X6 is offered here in one trim level, the xDrive40i trim level.
Based on BMW's CLAR platform, the third-generation X6 has grown in length (+26mm), width (+15mm) and wheelbase (+42mm), though overall height has been reduced by 6mm - further lending the X6's wide stance and commanding presence.
The Malaysian market model is offered as standard with the M Sport Package which features a sport exhaust system, M Sport brakes, Adaptive M Suspension and sublime 21-inch M light Y-Spoke Style 741 alloy wheels. Also specified is the BMW Individual exterior package which adds aluminium satinated roof rails, 3D LED "L-Shaped" taillights and rear Air Breathers.
Perhaps the most important focal highlight of the new X6 is its ‘Iconic Glow’ kidney grille which illuminates both halves of the grille, framed by a common surround. The grille is flanked by BMW Laserlights with high-beam assistant and LED fog lights.
Under the hood is BMW's venerable (B58) 3.0-litre turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine which outputs 340 hp and a peak torque of 450 Nm between 1,500-5,200 rpm. Power is sent to an 8-speed automatic transmission, with power channelled to all four wheels via the BMW xDrive system.
Performance stats read 0-100 km/h in 5.5 seconds onto an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h. Fuel economy is a claimed 9.0 litres/100km.
On the inside, the interior architecture is said to offer a modern reinterpretation of the classic BMW driver-focussed cabin. The seats are trimmed in Vernasca leather upholstery as standard; sport seats feature for both the driver and front passenger, which is complemented by an M leather steering wheel.
Up top, the two-part panoramic glass roof is now 83% larger than its predecessor. The X6's rear backrest comes with a 40/20/40 split-folding function – providing a luggage capacity that can be increased from 580 to as much as 1,530 litres.
As for equipment - the X6 is equipped with BMW's Live Cockpit Professional which enlists a 12.3-inch Instrument Display, customisable instrument cluster and a 12.3-inch touchscreen Control Display. The infotainment system is augmented by the latest BMW Operating System 7.0.
Rear passengers will benefit from the Rear-seat Entertainment Professional with two 10-inch touchscreen displays. Other highlights include the Head-Up Display, BMW Gesture Control and BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant functions.
The All-New BMW X6 xDrive40i M Sport also features the latest in driving assistance systems, including the Driving Assistant Professional which comes with the Cross-traffic Warning at the rear and Lane Change Warning. It also includes the Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, as well as the Steering and Lane Control Assistant.
The X6 M Sport is offered in six-colours, namely Manhattan, Artic Grey, Riverside Blue, Carbon Black, Mineral White and Flamenco Red. They can be paired with design-perforated BMW Leather ‘Vernasca’ in either Black or Tacora Red (available with selected exterior colours).
The X6 xDrive40i is priced at RM 729,800 inclusive of a 5-Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty, Free Scheduled Service Programme and BMW Tyre Warranty Programme.
Optionally, the Balloon Financing Plan from BMW Group Financial Services Malaysia offers the X6 with monthly instalment plans starting from RM 8,328.00 (based on estimates of an 80% loan on a five-year tenure).
Despite the current MCO, you can still book your all-new X6 at the BMW Malaysia online shopping page for just RM5,000. Customers who book their new BMW online stand a chance to win a BMW i8 Coupé.