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2009 BMW X6 Front
2009 BMW X6 Rear
2009 BMW X6 Interior
2009 BMW X6 Profile
All told, the X6 is a study in compromises. Though it accelerates and handles like a sporty coupe, the X6 will never be as agile, due simply to its sheer size and heft. The hatchback design makes it slightly more versatile than a sedan, but X6 is neither as roomy nor as comfortable as either a sedan or an SUV-especially in the back seat. With prices that could easily exceed $70,000 when new (with options), X6 is not a strong value. BMW’s own X5 is more practical, not much slower, and costs much less when comparably equipped.
Introduced during the 2008 model year, the curvaceous new X6 premium midsize four-door hatchback seated four occupants and straddled the line between sport-utility vehicle and crossover wagon. Slightly larger than BMW’s 5-Series midsize cars, the X6 featured a raised suspension similar to the company’s X5 midsize SUV. Competing against such vehicles as the Infiniti FX and Volvo XC70, these X6 models came in two trim levels, each with a twin-turbocharged engine and standard all-wheel drive. The xDrive35i had a 300-horsepower 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine, while the xDrive50i got a 400-hp 4.4-liter V8. A six-speed automatic was the sole transmission, and it included steering-wheel paddles for manual gear changes.
Standard was BMW’s Dynamic Performance Control, which worked with the all-wheel-drive system to distribute torque between the individual rear wheels. The system was designed to improve steering feel and handling response. Safety features on each model included antilock brakes, traction control, an antiskid system, curtain side airbags, and front side airbags. Standard on all was BMW’s iDrive control system, which used a console knob to control entertainment, navigation, communication, and climate functions. Options included BMW’s Active Steering, which was designed to quicken low-speed steering response.
The X6 was largely unchanged for the 2009 model year.
The 2010 BMW X6 lineup gained a gas/electric hybrid and a high-performance M model. The hybrid, called the ActiveHybrid X6, used a “two-mode” system that teamed a 4.4-liter V8 with an electric motor for 480 horsepower total. It could run on one or both of its power sources depending on driving demands, and it required no plug-in charging. The X6 M carried a 555-horsepower 4.4-liter turbocharged V8.
The 2011 BMW X6 xDrive35i and xDrive50i got an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The slow-selling ActiveHybrid was dropped for 2012. There were no changes of note to other BMW X6 models.
There were no major changes to the BMW X6 for 2013.
The BMW X6 received only minor changes for 2014.