BMW X6 debuted in 2007 and since then it has become one of the favorite BMW crossovers and a symbol of a luxury car in Europe. It’s not that it wasn’t accepted on the North American market, but the US and Canada are just saturated with cars from this segment. The first generation resembles X5. They shared a platform and some design solutions and then the second generation was introduced. In 2014 brand-new generation of X6 debuted and it had lots of innovations and improvements. This means new 2017 BMW X6 is not coming with tremendous modifications.
UPDATE: The ongoing X6 has been released back in 2014, so you would expect BMW to keep the car going for at least a few more years. However, this may not be true, at least not for this generation. The car is based on the older X5 chassis so the rumored 2017 BMW X6 might just surprise everyone and be an all new car.
2017 BMW X6 Review
First of all, please have in mind that many things mentioned in this article are based on allegations since there is no much official information about the 2017 BMW X6. However, it is certain that it won’t come with huge modifications since it has been updated recently. There are going to be some minor changes, such as improved infotainment system, but styling and engine lineup should remain the same. In our opinion, X6 won’t be changed in the following few years, until the third generation hits the market.
UPDATE: While the current model is great, it lacks a few features. On top of that, it can’t really match some of its newer rivals when it comes to the overall driving dynamics. Because of that, the car is expected to be overhauled and built on top of BMW’s brand new CLAR architecture. This would allow BMW to drop a significant amount of weight while offering a more rigid body than before. The result should be a better to drive a car while being faster and more efficient.
In general, X6 takes after X5. Thus it’s hard to tell the difference between these two for some people. Inside the cabin, the latest technology is going to be implemented. Smartphone app integration is one of the features as well as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connection. Other features are updated infotainment system, adaptive cruise control, dual-zone climate control, and much more. There is plenty of space for both passengers and cargo. We won’t see any new materials added and everything else should remain the same as last year.
UPDATE: It is quite clear the design of the upcoming X6 won’t change much despite getting a new platform. In fact, the current model is up to date when it comes to BMW’s corporate look, and we don’t see it change anytime soon. However, the car could get a slightly different front end sporting the same larger grille as seen on the 7 Series. On top of that, the new X6 could also receive a new set of tail lights to better complete the look.
The powertrain of the 2017 BMW X6 is consisted of two units and depends on the trim. The base engine is a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6. This engine comes with an output of 300 horsepower and exactly the same torque. This engine will be offered with sDrive35i and xDrive35i trims. The only difference between these two trims lies in the driving system. They are going to have RWD and AWD, respectively. As you see the base engine hasn’t been changed and the second unit is also same as before. The second choice offers more torque and more horsepower. A 4.4-liter eight-cylinder delivers 445 HP and 480 lb-ft of torque. It can be found under the hood of the xDrive50i trim level.
UPDATE: The base model of the 2017 BMW X6 is likely going to boast a 3.0 liter turbocharged inline six gas engine. This should be good for at least 340 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, a significant improvement over its predecessor. The larger 4.4 liter V8 might be discontinued from the 50i version and replaced with a twin-turbo 3.0 liter inline six good for north of 400 horsepower. The top end X6 M is likely going to stick with the previous 4.4-liter engine which is known to make in excess of 567 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque.
However, the major drawback of this crossover is fuel economy. Currently, the main trend in the car industry is manufacturing cars which use less fuel and have a tendency to low gas emission. New X6 doesn’t follow that trend. Since there won’t be new materials and engines fuel economy is expected to be exactly the same as last year. This means EPA rating stands at 15 mpg in a city and 21 mpg on the highway. BMW must put more effort in the future to decrease fuel consumption. On the other hand, top speed and acceleration are just fine for a crossover. It goes from 0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds and it can develop 127 mph.
Competition and Safety
The main rivals of the 2017 BMW X6 are coming from Europe. Mercedes GLE-Class, Audi Q7, Porsche Macan and Range Rover are the biggest competitors. They all have similar safety features such as safety alarms, cruise control, lane assist, blind-spot monitoring system, etc. New X6 is also equipped with airbags, rearview camera, and parking assist.
UPDATE: Not that long ago the X6 received a few new rivals such as the GLE Coupe and more recently the Range Rover Velar. In order to compete with these, the car will have to be both safer and better to drive. In order to at least solve the safety part seems BMW could install a part-autonomous mode which will allow the X6 to drive itself on highways.
2017 BMW X6 Price
Each trim level is going to have a different price. Since there are no huge improvements it is natural to estimate that 2017 BMW X6 won’t cost way more than its predecessor. For the base model, you need to pay $61,000 while the price of the top one goes up to $90,000. If we are lucky then we’ll see this crossover on the road by the end of the year.
UPDATE: The base model is likely still going to cost well over $60,000 which is still in the upper range of its class. The X6 M will more than likely cost more than $110,000 as well which makes it a tough pill to swallow. Even so, the X6 is expected to remain the benchmark of its class.