- Redesigned for 2015
- Slight tweaks to the styling
- Three models: sDrive35i, xDrive35i, and xDrive50i
Redesigned for the new model year, the 2015 BMW X6 is back with slightly modified styling, added technology, and the same unique shape.
BMW calls the X6, which shares a platform with the X5, a “sports activity coupe” which is a strange name given it has four doors. The exterior styling keeps the same basic profile and shape, but adds more pronounced creases and lines throughout which makes the X6 look more athletic and lean. Once you pass the B-pillar the roof begins to slope downward, creating the unique long-back shape that gives the X6 the “coupe” portion of its name. 19-inch wheels come standard, as do adaptive xenon headlights, LED fog lights, a power moonroof, and a power liftgate for added convenience.
There are two available engines at launch. “35” models feature a 300-hp, twin-turbo inline six-cylinder that makes a matching 300 pounds-feet of torque. The xDrive50i gets a larger 445-hp, twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 making 480 pounds-feet of torque. All models come with an eight-speed automatic transmission standard. The sDrive35i is rear-wheel drive, while both xDrive models get all-wheel drive.
The redesigned cabin adds equipment, but more importantly adds legroom (35.9 inches) and headroom (38.3 inches) in what was a notoriously cozy backseat which makes the 2015 X6 a better candidate for carrying more than two passengers. A standard 10.2-inch touchscreen highlights the center console and it is joined by the latest generation of BMW’s iDrive infotainment system. Dual-zone automatic climate control, powered/heated front seats, leather upholstery, navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, HD radio, and a USB port also come standard.
The federally mandated front airbags, antilock brakes, and electronic stability control come are found on each model and are joined by side/side curtain airbags and BMW Assist emergency communications on the standard features list. There are also some of the latest safety technologies available as well, including a rearview camera, forward collision warnings with pedestrian detection, night vision, a surround view camera system, and blind spot warnings.