The BMW X6 basically launched the luxury crossover coupe segment way back in 2008. In 2020, the X6 entered its third generation, and with this redesign coming into just its second model year, we expect it to be a carryover.
As a carryover model, we expect the 2020 BMW X6 to continue with the same design it currently has. This includes a raked D-pillar and rear glass, swoopy roofline, long hood, short front, and rear overhangs, and bold BMW kidney grille. We expect this sporty design to remain the same in the 2021 BMW X6.
Inside, the current BMW X6 boasts a clean and luxurious design that avoids going too over the top and pushing away BMW’s more conservative buyers. It features a dash-top infotainment screen, a tidy center stack, various upscale trim options, an electronic shifter, plenty of premium upholstery options, and a sporty three-spoke steering wheel. We expect this elegant design to carry into the 2021 X6 unchanged.
Under its hood, we expect no changes to the 2021 BMW X6. If this is the case, the powerplant in the standard X6 sDrive40i will remain a 3.0-liter six-cylinder that will deliver 335 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque. Moving into the M50i model will add a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 that will deliver 523 hp. The range-topping X6 M and X6 M Competition will use 4.4-liter V8 engines with their wicks cranked to 600 hp and 617 hp, respectively. We also expect all 2021 X6 models to retain their existing eight-speed automatic transmissions.
The IIHS has not thrown the X6 against a wall, nor do we expect it to, but its platform-sharing sibling, the X5, is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+. The current X6 comes standard with plenty of advanced safety gear, including automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitors, parking sensors, lane-departure warnings, high-beam assist, and adaptive LED headlights. Optional safety equipment includes adaptive cruise control, active lane control, lane-change assist, and a surround-view camera. We expect the standard and optional safety gear to remain the same on the 2021 X6.