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BMW reveals third-generation X6

BMW has revealed the new X6, with a slightly larger more modern design, technology and equipment updates, and driver assistance features.

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The new BMW X6 is available from launch in three model variants: Sport, M Sport and M Performance. Standard equipment on the Sport version includes Adaptive two-axle air suspension, a Sport leather steering wheel and aluminium detailing.

For the first time the new BMW X6 is available with an optional illuminated BMW kidney grille, which forms part of the daylight running system.

Internally, the new X6 comes with Vernasca leather upholstery as standard on sports seats that are electrically adjustable and heated. 2.5-zone automatic climate control, and ambient lighting. Notable options include an 83% larger panoramic roof that features BMW X7-pioneered 15,000 lighting elements.

Standard driver aids include Cruise Control with braking function, and Collision and Pedestrian Warning with City Braking function that alerts the driver when a cyclist is detected. In addition, Park Distance Control incorporates a rear-view camera with front and rear sensors, as well as automatic manoeuvring into parallel spaces. This accompanies BMW’s latest Parking Assistant function that includes the ability for the X6 to retrace its steps for the previous 50 metres, as seen in the 3 Series and X7 before it.

Of interest to fleets, is the Drive Recorder feature, which uses the cameras of the driver assistance systems to record video footage, before storing the recordings to be watched either in-car or exported via USB. Recordings can be up to 40 seconds long, comprising the 20 seconds of video saved immediately prior to the Drive Recorder being activated and the proceeding 20 seconds. The Drive Recorder can be started at any time from the iDrive menu. In the event of a collision, the 20 seconds up to the moment of impact and the next 20 seconds are automatically recorded and saved.

Smartphones can also be used as keys using NFC technology and the BMW Connected App.

Although versatility isn’t high on the X6’s agenda, the 40:20:40 split rear seat adds a degree of practicality, as well as the boot capacity of 580 to 1,525 litres, with the seats folded.

The line-up of engines from launch includes two petrol units and a pair of diesel variants: xDrive40i; M50i; xDrive 30d and M50d. The likely best-seller will be the xDrive 30d, which offers between 42.8-46.3mpg and CO2 emissions of 172-159g/km, as well as rapid 0-62mph acceleration of 6.5 seconds onto a top speed of 143mph.

Prices start from £59,340 for the base xDrive 30d, ranging to £76,870 for the M50i.

The new BMW X6 will celebrate its world premiere at the IAA Cars 2019 international motor show in Frankfurt in September. The market launch will follow in December 2019.

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Jonathan Musk

Jonathan turned to motoring journalism in 2013 having founded, edited and produced Autovolt - one of the UK's leading electric car publications. He has also written and produced books on both Ferrari and Hispano-Suiza, while working as an international graphic designer for the past 15 years. As the automotive industry moves towards electrification, Jonathan brings a near-unrivalled knowledge of EVs and hybrids to Fleet World Group.