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2015 BMW X6 on sale from $115,400, xDrive50i now 330kW

February 3, 2015

The 2015 BMW X6 has landed on Australian shores and brings revised exterior styling, an increase in standard equipment, a new eight-speed automatic transmission, as well as improvements in both efficiency and output. The new X6 is also marginally wider, taller and longer than the model it replaces.

2015 BMW X6 front

The 2015 X6 lineup consists of the X6 xDrive30d, the X6 xDrive50i, and the X6 M50d. In terms of new equipment, the X6 comes standard with adaptive LED headlights, a multifunctional instrument display, new leather instrument panel, a driving assistant safety package, and 20-inch alloy wheels on all models.

The BMW xDrive50i and M50d models also gain driving assistant plus with active cruise control, automatic parking assistant, a harman/kardon audio system, DAB+ radio and heated front seats as standard.

BMW has also introduced new BMW EfficientDynamics technologies such as auto start/stop and ECO PRO mode; these help deliver between 14 and 22 per cent reduction in fuel consumption compared with the previous generation BMW X6.

In terms of output and efficiency changes, the xDrive30d now produces 190kW and 560Nm (up 10kW/20Nm) and sips just 6.0L/100km (reduced by 1.4L/100km).

As for the xDrive50i, it also receives a nice performance boost of 30kW and 50Nm for a total output of 330kW and 650Nm, and also sees a big reduction in fuel consumption from 12.5l/100km in the previous model, to now consuming just 9.7L/100km – a 22 per cent reduction. The xDrive50i is faster, now capable of sprinting from 0-100km/h in 4.8 seconds (down from 5.4 seconds).

2015 BMW X6 M50d

Output for the X6 M50d remains unchanged at 280kW and 740Nm, however fuel consumption for the 3.0-litre triple-turbo six-cylinder diesel is rated at 6.6L/100km – a 14 per cent reduction.

With the introduction of more standard equipment, more powerful and fuel-efficient engines, and a new design presence, BMW Group Australia managing director Marc Werner said the new BMW X6 would build upon the worldwide success of its predecessor. Further commenting, Marc said,

“With the launch of the second generation model offering substantial improvements in performance, efficiency and luxurious value, as well as an even more imposing road presence, the new BMW X6 will set a whole new standard in exclusive driving pleasure.”

All BMW X6 models are covered by a three-year/unlimited kilometre warranty. Australian prices are as follows (excluding on-road costs):

2015 BMW X6 xDrive 30d: $115,400
2015 BMW X6 xDrive 50i: $151,600
2015 BMW X6 M50d: $157,900

Josh was one of the original co-founders of PerformanceDrive. His expertise is car culture and aftermarket performance. He was the editor at Hot4s Magazine for a few years, and has since worked at Fast Fours, Zoom, and as a journalist for The Project Group.