2020 BMW X6 Redesign Offers More Power Than Ever Before

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, Automotive Editor - July 3, 2019

A new platform brings new looks and new powertrains.

Last night, BMW unveiled the third-generation X6 crossover for the 2020 model year. The new generation ushers in a new platform—BMW’s Cluster Architecture—new looks, and new powertrains.

The entry-level BMW X6 sports a twin-scroll turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six engine making 335 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque. The engine is available with the sDrive40i or xDrive40i that has all-wheel drive. A sprint to 60 miles per hour takes 5.2 seconds in the sDrive model while all-wheel drive adds a tenth of a second to the run—5.3 seconds.

However, customers can upgrade to the more-powerful twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 that makes 523 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. The more powerful engine is available in the X6 M50i. The run to 60 mph takes 4.1 seconds with a top speed limited to 155 mph. Both powertrains make more power than the previous generation and pair with the same eight-speed automatic gearbox used throughout BMW’s lineup.

Visually, the new BMW X6 retains the model’s chiseled aesthetics and crossover coupe appearance even though it shares the same underpinnings as the more-traditional X5. The grille is larger than before, a trend for many BMW vehicles, which also comes illuminated for the first time. The rear is much more angular than the outgoing model with swooping taillights, harsh creases, and larger rectangular exhaust outlets. It’s busy back there.

2020 BMW X6

Inside, customers will get BMW’s Live Cockpit with iDrive that features a 12.3-inch instrument cluster and central touchscreen. The 2020 X6 comes packed with safety tech, including blind-spot detection and forward collision warning.

The 2020 BMW X6 sDrive40i starts at $65,295 (all prices indued the $995 destination charge). Upgrading to the xDrive40i bumps the price to $67,590. Those opting for the sportier M50i will need to hand over $86,645.

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, Automotive Editor

Anthony Alaniz is an award-winning journalist living in southeast Michigan. His professional writing career spans nearly a decade, ranging from writing for the local newspaper to Autoweek and Motor1. When he's not writing about cars, he covers the horror film genre at Modernhorrors.com.

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