2019 BMW X6 spotted testing in camouflage

BMW X6 SUV will be available as a plug-in hybrid for the first time

Development models of the new BMW X6 have been spotted testing underneath camouflaged wraps. Set to be revealed later this year, the next X6 will continue to share its underpinnings with the BMW X5. Photographers have also captured an upcoming X6M performance model, which will feature sportier styling and over 600bhp.

The new X6 will continue to feature a large, coupe-like shape that gives it a similar look to the smaller BMW X4. While the styling of the current X6 has been divisive, BMW has sold enough of them to make it profitable and to warrant making another.

Carbuyer's favourite large SUVs

Overall, the new X6 carries a stocky shape thanks to a large, square front end and a steeply sloping windowline. The front features BMW’s new ‘kidney grille’ design and slimmer LED headlights, which give the X6 added presence on the road. At the rear, the top of the boot seems to be about as tall as most hatchbacks, and it includes LED tail-lights and a thoroughly redesigned bumper. The fast X6M will have four exhaust pipes, larger alloy wheels and more aggressive-looking bumpers. However, the narrow windowline and tall rear window could reduce rear visibility and make life in the back seats a little claustrophobic.

Given the car’s size, however, rear-seat passengers should have plenty of room to stretch their legs. The boot is likely to be a decent size too, despite the sloping roof; it could offer around 600 litres of space with the rear seats up.

The interior will be a luxurious place to spend long journeys, and will be very familiar to X5 owners. It’s likely that the two cars will share almost every part of the interior, including the large central touchscreen and the digital instrument cluster. As one of BMW’s most expensive SUVs, the X6 will feature a lot of equipment, including wireless phone charging, heated leather seats and Apple CarPlay, plus a lot of safety technology. Semi-autonomous driving capability will be offered, thanks to adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist and a stop-and-go function.

The engine range will mirror the X5’s, with a choice of two petrol and two diesel engines. A 261bhp 3.0-litre diesel will be the entry point in the range, while an M50d model will offer nearly 400bhp. Petrol choices are a 3.0-litre V6 engine with 335bhp (badged M40i) or a 4.4-litre V8 with over 600bhp. The latter will be reserved for the range-topping X6M model, which is expected to join the standard car after launch.

A plug-in hybrid X6 will also be offered for the first time. Combining the 3.0-litre petrol engine with an electric motor, the X6 xDrive45e hybrid will offer eye-watering performance yet should be able to travel around 30 miles on electric power alone. While no figures have been revealed yet, the electric motor will give good figures for fuel economy and CO2 emissions, which could appeal to company-car buyers lucky enough to be able to afford the X6.

Prices won’t be known until the new X6 is officially revealed, but it’s likely to start from over £60,000 and rise to just shy of £100,000 for the X6M.

Read our review of the BMW X5 for more information about BMW’s luxurious SUVs, or compare the X6 to one of its rivals, the Audi Q8.

Recommended

Should you buy an Audi, a BMW or a Mercedes?
Should you buy an Audi, a BMW or a Mercedes?
Tips and advice
22 Jun 2022

Should you buy an Audi, a BMW or a Mercedes?

2022 BMW M3 Touring revealed
BMW M3 Touring driving - rear
BMW
21 Jun 2022

2022 BMW M3 Touring revealed

Cheap fun cars: our picks from £1,000 to £10,000
Honda Civic Type R front
Toyota
21 Jun 2022

Cheap fun cars: our picks from £1,000 to £10,000

Android Auto and Apple Carplay missing from some BMW vehicles
BMW Apple CarPlay
BMW
16 May 2022

Android Auto and Apple Carplay missing from some BMW vehicles

Most Popular

Engine management light: top 5 causes of amber engine warning light
Engine management light: top 5 causes of amber engine warning light
Car technology
22 Jun 2022

Engine management light: top 5 causes of amber engine warning light

Top 10 best electric SUVs 2022
Skoda Enyaq charging
Best cars
24 Jun 2022

Top 10 best electric SUVs 2022

Top 10 cheapest electric cars 2022
2021 Citroen Ami
Best cars
16 Jun 2022

Top 10 cheapest electric cars 2022

Tips & advice

View All
Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
23 Mar 2022

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide
Electric car charging station
Tips and advice
5 Nov 2021

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?
PCP vs HP
Car buying
17 May 2022

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?

Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Tips and advice
20 Jun 2022

Average speed cameras: how do they work?

Best cars

View All
Top 10 best car interiors 2022
Peugeot 208 hatchback
Best cars
25 Jun 2021

Top 10 best car interiors 2022

Top 10 best electric cars 2022
Ioniq 5
Best cars
25 Apr 2022

Top 10 best electric cars 2022

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2022
Nissan Leaf front
Best cars
3 May 2022

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2022

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2022
Audi RS 3 driving - front view
Hot hatches
24 Jun 2022

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2022