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2020 BMW X6: First Look

  • The 2020 BMW X6 is an all-new, third-generation version of the original crossover coupe.
  • It offers updated styling and the first light-up grille from BMW.
  • The 2020 X6 is packed with modern technology.
  • It arrives in November, with pricing from $64,300.

The BMW X6 essentially invented the fastback SUV segment when it went on sale for the 2008 model year. While some competitors are still rolling out their first crossover coupes, the 2020 BMW X6 is the third-generation version of BMW’s fastback "Sports Activity Coupe."

Prioritizing style over function, crossover coupes sacrifice rear headroom and cargo capacity to provide a sloping fastback roofline. With the 2020 X6, BMW is doubling down on its high-style approach, with an updated design, redone interior and light-up grille to grab attention at night.

Tech-Forward

BMW’s been undergoing something of a technological revolution, working more electronic gadgets and convenience features into its new vehicles. The previous-generation X6 launched in 2014, so the technology of the 2019 model was seriously behind the Bavarian brand’s other SUVs. The X3, X4, X5 and X7 have all received the newest generation of top-tier BMW interiors and technology, so it’s good to see that the fashion-forward X6 is no longer lagging behind.

Like the X5 on which it is based, the X6 now offers the latest version of BMW’s iDrive infotainment system, one of the sleekest multimedia interfaces in the business. You can also get BMW’s "Sky Lounge," a massive panoramic sunroof embedded with colored lights to light up the interior at night.

Driving Assistance Professional is also available. The system includes radar cruise control, lane-keeping assist and an Extended Traffic Jam Assistant which can steer and control the speed of the car below 40 mph on the highway, though driver supervision is still required and is monitored via a sensor above the steering wheel.

The X6 can also automatically park itself or reverse out of spaces that the driver has pulled into. To further ease parking tensions, you can option a 3D camera system that offers both top-down and side-on 3D views of your car and its surroundings. Heated and cooled cupholders, wireless phone charging and a 1,500-watt sound system round out the tech options.

Attention Grabber

The X6 — along with the segment of crossover coupes that it created — remains controversial. While some praise the slick looks of the fastback high riders, critics argue that the utility-robbing roofline defeats the entire purpose of the sport utility vehicle.

BMW, for its part, calls the X6 a "Sports Activity Coupe," and doesn’t seem bothered by the critics. Many may hate the looks or the concept, but the X6 sells for more than its conventional X5 sibling, and doesn’t require a lot of development money to make it to dealerships. Selling another model for a higher price without a significant outlay is a huge win for the German giant.

And so, with the 2020 X6, the company is undeniably leaning into the image of the crossover coupe as an ostentatious status symbol. Following in the footsteps of Mercedes and Lincoln’s light-up badges in the grille, BMW has made the entire grille of the X6 light up. Even at night, the X6 demands attention.

In the daylight, for better or worse, the X6 is much more unique than a conventional X5. The fenders are flared, the back is sloped and the grille is massive and in your face. 20-in wheels come as standard, but massive 22-in wheels are available as an option.

The 2020 X6 also receives updated front and rear LED lights, which bring the front and rear fascias more in line with the rest of the modern BMW lineup. Eye-grabbing painted brakes, more aggressive bumpers, grayed-out accents and blacked-out trim all distinguish the sporty M50i model.

Aggressive Looks, Aggressive Powertrain

The 2020 BMW X6 is available in 3 configurations. The X6 sDrive40i is powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 engine that produces 335 horsepower and sends it to the rear wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission. The X6 xDrive40i offers the same engine and power output, but with all-wheel drive (AWD).

For buyers seeking an aggressive powertrain for their aggressively styled vehicle, the X6 M50i is the next step up. The M50i features a 4.4-liter 523-hp turbocharged V8. AWD is standard, which helps the M50i reach 60 mph in 4.1 seconds.

To handle the X6’s heft in corners, adaptive suspension and M Sport brakes are standard on the X6 M50i. They’re also available as options on the less sporty sDrive40i and xDrive40i models. You can also get a Dynamic Handling Package, which uses active electric motors to reduce body roll and stabilize the X6 during aggressive driving. In relaxed driving, it can also use the motors to actively counter vibrations from bumps in the road.

But if performance is your priority, it’s worth noting that an even quicker X6 M should follow the M50i and provide even more impressive performance.

When and How Much?

The 2020 BMW X6 should arrive in November. Pricing starts at $64,300 for the X6 sDrive 40i, $66,600 for the X6 xDrive 40i and $85,650 for the X6 M50i. The required destination charge adds $995 to the price. Find a BMW X6 for sale

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