Following the unveiling of the high-performance 2015 BMW X6 M in October, BMW Australia has announced local specifications and model lines available to customers regarding the rest of the 2015 range.
Three model variants will go on sale initially, including the xDrive30d, the xDrive50i, and the triple-turbo M50d diesel. The xDrive35i and xDrive40d variants will be added to the range early in 2015, with no confirmation on the range-topping X6 M at this stage.
Kicking off the lineup, the xDrive30d 3.0-litre turbo-diesel receives an output boost from 180kW and 540Nm to 190kW and 560Nm. Fuel economy has been improved as well, dropping from 7.4L/100km to just 6.0L/100km. Acceleration from 0-100km/h is cut by almost 1.0 second in the process, resulting in a time of 6.7 seconds.
The xDrive50i also receives a kick in the guts, so to speak, with output jumping from 300kW and 600Nm to 330kW and 650Nm. It’s able to sprint from 0-100km/h in just 4.8 seconds, which is 0.6 seconds quicker than the outgoing version. Surprisingly, economy is improved from 12.5L/100km to 9.7L/100km.
Lastly for the initial lineup, the M50d 3.0-litre tri-turbo-diesel inline six engine is unchanged in terms of output. It generates 280kW of power and a whopping 740Nm of torque. However, thanks to the introduction of BMW’s EfficientDynamics technologies, fuel economy is improved by 14 per cent resulting in an unbelievable economy of just 6.6L/100km.
Aside from the powertrain updates, all 2015 X6 variants now come with the full Driving Experience Control toggle usually only offered in higher-spec models. If presents the driver with four different driving modes to select from, including Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus, and Eco Pro. Each alter the response of the throttle, transmission, and power steering.
All variants come with dynamic stability and traction control, hill descent control, a surround-view camera system, 20-inch alloy wheels, and head-up display as standard. Auto stop-start is also standard, as is an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and a launch control function.
The new model is available at dealerships across the country with prices starting from the following (excluding on-road costs). Prices for the xDrive35i and xDrive40d are yet to be announced.
2015 BMW X6 xDrive30d – $115,400
2015 BMW X6 xDrive50i – $151,600
2015 BMW X6 M50d – $157,900