WEEKEND DRIVE
The X factor
By David Light
Friday, June 08, 2012

The world’s first ever Sports Activity Coupé, the BMW X6, makes an upgraded return to the UAE

Arriving in  the Middle East this month, the BMW X6 Sports Activity Coupé created a new market segment when it was launched in 2008. And has now we can say hello to an enhanced version hitting dealers from June onwards. 

More than 150,000 X6 vehicles have been sold worldwide in three years — far exceeding original plans for the model. In the Middle East, the X6 is amongst the top three best selling BMW cars with 10,213 vehicles sold since its launch.

Selective modifications in design and equipment features distinguish the new BMW X6 from its predecessor and other marques within the premium all-wheel-drive market segment. A number of exterior changes include a new kidney grille with a wider chrome frame and revised bars, repositioned fog lights, new Adaptive LED headlights and revised red light light cluster on the rear lights.

A host of colour and trim options are also available including three new metallic paint colours: Marrakech brown, Orion silver and midnight blue — and two new upholstery trims: ivory white exclusive Nappa leather and vermillion red Nevada leather. The car is completed with bi-colour double spoke design 19 or 20-inch alloy wheels.

The X6 is offered as standard as a four-seater model. A three-seater rear bench is optionally available. All new models also make use of BMW’s EfficientDynamics technology innovations that reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The petrol engines with BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology available for the X6 deliver impressive pulling power and decent low-fuel consumption figures. The V8 engine of the BMW X6 xDrive50i delivers 407hp, while in the BMW X6 xDrive35i an in-line six-cylinder petrol engine with 306hp can be found. Engine power in both models is transferred by means of a standard eight-speed sports transmission including shift paddles on the wheel.

Offering even greater performance, BMW M GmbH, the specialists for high-performance sports cars, will introduce the BMW X6M. Powered by a V8 engine, the BMW X6M delivers 555hp and also benefits from detailed refinements in the area of design and equipment. The X6 M is fitted with a six-speed M Sport automatic transmission.

Dynamic Performance Control is a standard feature in all versions of the vehicle as an element of the all-wheel drive system xDrive. This gives greater precision to the electronically controlled power distribution to optimise driving stability, traction and dynamic performance.

There are also numerous BMW ConnectedDrive optional driver assistance technology features for enhanced comfort and safety including: rear-view camera; surround view; lane departure warning and BMW Park Assistant. In addition, the new BMW comes with a full colour head-up display which projects driving-related information onto the windscreen within the driver’s direct field of view.

BMW’s X range of vehicles come with a proven track record of success that was created by the X5 model — launched in 2000 — which established a new segment for premium Sports Activity Vehicles. The X5 has made a significant contribution to over 1.3 million BMW X range vehicles sold in the world to date. Due to the model’s success, the X model family has expanded to include four distinctive models: BMW X6, X5, X3 and the X1.

david@khaleejtimes.com

 

 

 

 

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