Intro: Blending styling cues from its X Model series SUVs, including the grille, headlight treatment and sculpted body contours, with a roofline and c-pillar design derived from its coupe line-up, BMW has created a look that clearly defines the X6 Sports Activity Coupe.
The four-door X6's short body-overhang, rounded wheel openings and choice of up to six wheel/tire combinations contribute to the action-performance crossover "look" BMW has created.
Performance: There are two engines available: We tested the xDrive 35i with the turbocharged, 3-Liter inline six cylinder that develops 300 horsepower and 300 pound feet of torque. Opting for the xDrive 50i model gets you a 4.4-Liter V8 that produces 400 horsepower and 450 pound feet of torque.
Both engines route power through an 8-speed sport automatic transmission that can be manual shifted from the center gear selector or steering wheel mounted paddle-shifters. Power is routed to BMW's xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive that transfers power among all four wheels. If wheel slip is detected by the X6's computer, xDrive will react, sending power to the wheels with grip to automatically enhance traction.
Fuel Economy: Here are the highest and lowest EPA estimates for fuel economy:
Features: Those familiar with the cabin architecture of BMW products will feel right at home behind the wheel of the X6. Leather upholstery, a power-adjustable steering wheel with radio and communications controls are all standard features. An optional "Heads Up" display can house the many electronic systems such as the backup camera and navigation. The split folding rear seats provide up to 60 cubic feet of cargo space.
Safety: The X6's large 4-wheel antilock ventilated disc brakes are supported by a long list of electronic braking technologies that include, Dynamic Brake Control, Dynamic Stability Control, Brake Drying, and Brake Stand-by features, with Dynamic Traction Control, and Hill Descent Control.
Pricing/Warranty: Base MSRP for the 2011 BMW X6 35i is $56,500. A V8 powered xDrive 50i model starts at $67,200. The X6 is backed by a 4-year, 50,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Summary: The 2011 BMW X6 blends performance and style with a dash of off-road functionality for a well-crafted and capable mid-sized luxury crossover.