The BMW X6, a midsize vehicle, was released by BMW in 2008. A concept mockup of the automobile was introduced in 2007 at the Frankfurt auto show before its official release at the North American International Auto Show in 2008.

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BMW X6 Origins

The BMW X6 succeeds the BMW X5; a midsize SUV, which is often described as an SAV or "sport activity vehicle". The BMW X6 is considered an upgrade from the X5 and is subsequently dubbed an SAV.

About the BMW X6

The BMW X6 is built like a typical SUV: in addition to a sportier look, it has a high ground clearance, all-wheel drive, and off-road capabilities. The style of the vehicle is the same as a coupe, with shaped lights, fancy body molding, and a sloping roof.

The BMW X6 provides petrol or diesel engine model options. Both engines are twin-turbocharged.

The BMW X6 also utilizes BMW’s Dynamic Performance Control (DPC) system. The DPC is part of the drive train and chassis, utilizing xDrive AWD to prevent over- or under-steering issues while driving. The torque that the BMW engine creates is distributed evenly between the front and back wheels and the two sides of the vehicle. This increases the stability of the vehicle during turns and acceleration.

The xDrive system, which BMW introduced with the X6 model, has a rear wheel bias, giving the car better control in slick conditions or during fast turns. The system sends extra power to the wheel that has the best purchase on the driving surface and adjusts the power to the other wheels accordingly.

BMW X6 Features

The 2012 BMW X6 is marketed as the first "Sports Activity Coupe." The X6 is available as the ActiveHybrid X6, the X6 xDrive35i, and the X6 xDrive 50i.

Utilizing the xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive, the Active Hybrid X6 gets 19 mpg, and has a 400 hp, TwinPower Turbo V-8 engine. The engine utilizes an electric motor that increases performance while driving. The brakes capture expended energy, sending it to the engine for further performance enhancement. BMW claims this lowers fuel consumption by 20 percent, while still accelerating from zero to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds.

The X6 xDrive35i model gets 23 mpg and has 300 horsepower produced by a 3.0-liter, six-cylinder engine. The engine utilizes a two-mode active transmission that combines electric motor action with the transmission power. The electric and motor energy are distributed by specialized gears, creating transmission variability not commonly associated with a hybrid model. The engine also uses brake energy regeneration to lower fuel consumption.

The X6 xDrive50i is a more powerful version of the xDrive 35i. It gets 20 mpg, boasts 400 horsepower, and has a 4.4-liter, 32-valve V-8 that utilizes BMW’s TwinPower Turbo technology. The engine has a STEPTRONIC gear system, with paddles attached to the wheel for greater response while driving. The shifting system has three different modes: the sport mode has high shift points to make it responsive during high-speed situations; drive is used in normal situations; manual allows the driver to control gear shifting manually.

The X6M is a luxury version of the X6. It has greatly increased power over the other X6 models. It can run 17 mpg, and it has a 4.4-liter, 32-valve V-8 with the M TwinPower Turbo engine. The engine produces 555 hp. The M model includes xDrive technology, a two-mode active transmission, and the other features included in the lower X6 models. The engine has a BMW-designed exhaust manifold that helps increase power and the pull of the engine.

BMW X6 Evolution

BMW introduced the X6 in 2008, and it introduced the X6 M in 2009 with the upgraded Cylinder-Bank Comprehensive Manifold (CCM). The ActiveHybrid X6, the first SUV style vehicle from the BMW line to include a two-mode hybrid system, was introduced in 2009 as well.

Diesel models of the BMW X6 were announced in 2008. These diesel-powered vehicles include the xDrive30d and xDrive35d. They are powered by 3.0 turbodiesel engines. The vehicles sell best in European countries, where Diesel engines are more standard. The diesel line was introduced to all 50 states of the U.S. in late 2008.

Select a BMW X6 Year

2019 BMW X6

SUV, Utility/Offroad

2017 BMW X6

SUV, Utility/Offroad

2016 BMW X6

SUV, Utility/Offroad

2015 BMW X6

SUV, Utility/Offroad

2014 BMW X6

SUV, Utility/Offroad

2013 BMW X6

SUV, Utility/Offroad

Not every SUV buyer is out for a mammoth vehicle with only its size and towing capacity going for it.

2012 BMW X6

SUV, Utility/Offroad

The unloved X6 ActiveHybrid model exits stage left this year, no longer joining the rest of the X6 range in the U.S. market. In addition, BMW is finally offering the X6 with the option of a middle-passenger seat in the back row--the first time since the vehicles' introduction as a late-2008 model.

2011 BMW X6

SUV, Utility/Offroad

For 2011 the BMW X6 gets the redesigned turbo I-6 with BMW’s Valvetronic technology, which delivers faster throttle response, even faster turbo boost spooling, and better fuel efficiency. BMW’s new eight speed transmission with is available in both X6 models as well as BMW’s Brake Energy Regeneration system, which over time can save on fuel consumption.

2010 BMW X6

SUV, Utility/Offroad

2009 BMW X6

SUV, Utility/Offroad

The 2009 BMW X6 is BMW’s all-wheel-drive (AWD), midsize SUV that is part of the carmaker’s 6 Series line of vehicles.

2008 BMW X6

SUV, Utility/Offroad

BMW sets out to introduce a sporty crossover vehicle with the 2008 BMW X6.