The third-generation BMW X6 will arrive in Australia in the fourth quarter of 2019 with an enhanced styling package, sleek proportions, new infotainment systems and the option of BMW’s new high-capacity towing solution across all models.

Arrival of the new model continues the BMW Group’s rollout of premium, engaging sports activity models that directly respond to the demands of BMW customers and the luxury vehicle sector – a focused strategy that began 20 years ago with the debut of the celebrated BMW X5.

Already this year, BMW has introduced a new luxury flagship to the X range – the X7 – alongside the new high performance 375kW X3 M and X4 M models while also providing key updates to the BMW X5 and X1.

The new BMW X6 has grown in length, width and wheelbase but with a reduction in overall height to deliver a sleek and commanding appearance befitting of a contemporary BMW sports activity vehicle.

A key aspect of the front aesthetic is the new large kidney grille, with both halves of the design framed by a common surround. Characteristic, slim twin headlights underscore the vehicle’s width.

The optional “Iconic Glow” illuminated grille further advances the BMW X6 front design profile.

The table below displays the difference in dimensions between the new BMW X6 and its predecessor:

Element BMW X6 (new) BMW X6 (outgoing) Difference
Length (mm) 4,935 4,909 +26
Width (mm) 2,004 1,989 +15
Height (mm) 1,696 1,702 -6
Wheelbase (mm) 2,975 2,933 +42
Luggage capacity (l) 580 550 +30

“This isn’t simply a mild makeover of a vehicle rightly recognised as ‘the beast’. We have raised the bar several notches for the new, third-generation BMW X6, making it lower, wider and even more muscular than before. It combines that brawn with additional capability, versatility and the latest technology to provide customers with a highly compelling, multi-talented proposition,” said Vikram Pawah, BMW Group Australia CEO.

New interior evokes classic driver-focused BMW models     

The new interior is designed to create an exclusive and focused experience with a high level of luxury. Reconfigured and redesigned controls that evoke classic driver-focused BMW cabins combine with superlative workmanship and premium materials such as Vernasca leather upholstery, which is fitted as standard, to create an elevated interior ambience.

The BMW X6 also now features 40/20/40-split second row seats, adding a new level of versatility. This update means luggage capacity can increase from 580 litres to as much as 1,530 litres.

In addition, the rear seats are shaped to appear like individual seats, which emphasises the new model’s athletic character.

Connected technology & high-definition displays

All BMW X6 models come standard with BMW Live Cockpit Professional and the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant, the latter taking communication between driver and vehicle to a new level.

MW Live Cockpit Professional includes a customisable, high-resolution instrument cluster with an impressive 12.3-inch display. The centre-mounted Control Display is also 12.3 inches in size and delivers super sharp clarity when controlling vehicle functions.

Passengers can be granted access to functions such as music selections of the new BMW X6 via the BMW Connected app without distraction to the driver.

M Sport as standard

The BMW X6 further enhances its look and feel thanks to standard-fitment M Sport package across all three models. This comprises the M aerodynamics package, which elevates its dominant presence, and powerful M Sport brakes.

Responsive, potent: BMW X6 engines

Three engines are available for BMW X6 at launch with peak outputs ranging from 195kW of the X6 xDrive30d to 390kW of the X6 M50i.

All power units are mated to a smooth eight-speed Sport Steptronic transmission.

Summary of powertrains:

BMW X6 xDrive40i: 3.0-litre six-cylinder petrol engine, 250kW, max. torque 450Nm,
0-100km/h 5.5 secs.

  • BMW X6 xDrive30d: 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel engine, 195kW, max. torque 620Nm,
    0-100km/h 6.5 secs.
  • BMW X6 M50i: 4.4-litre Twin Turbo V8 engine, 390kW, max. torque 750Nm, 0-100km/h 4.3 secs.

BMW towing solution

All three BMW X6 models are available with a BMW towing solution that includes an integrated hitch receiver, bespoke control unit and specific vehicle wiring harness.

The new hitch does not require any vehicle part removal, ensuring seamless integration. The specific control unit is multi-functional and assists driver safety, while Surround View offers an additional zoom function for the rear camera.

A trailer stabilisation system is also included.

Every model in the BMW X6 range has 3,500kg towing capacity with a maximum downball load of 280kg. Pricing for the towing hitch mirrors that of the X5 and X7 models at $2,500.

MW Australia dealers can also supply and fit an approved Tongue Kit and adapter and Wiring Harness.

The Tongue Kit includes a tongue, ball, appropriate bracket and ‘D’ shackles, stickers and a specific BMW bag.

The Wiring Harness includes a 12 pin ‘flat’ plug and a wiring loom from the vehicle to the adapter.

Local fitment, including the tongue kit and wiring harness, is $700 including GST.

Specific towing data for BMW X6 xDrive30d:

Element Capacity
Kerb Weight 2,110kg (Excluding Driver)
Payload 750kg
Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) 2,860kg
Braked Towing Capacity 3,500kg
Max. Tow Ball Weight 280kg
Remaining Payload 470kg
Gross Combined Mass (GCM) 6,360kg

Specification, equipment and pricing:

The BMW X6 xDrive30d is priced at $121,900* and includes the following specification highlights:

  • 6 Cylinder Turbo Diesel
  • 8-Speed Steptronic Sport Transmission
  • M Sport Package including M Sport Brakes
  • xDrive system
  • 20″ M light alloy wheels (Star-spoke style) Bi-colour
  • Leather ‘Vernasca’ upholstery
  • Travel & Comfort system
  • Aluminium interior trim finish
  • Ambient light
  • Panorama Glass Sunroof
  • Driving Assistant Professional
  • Parking Assistant Plus, incl. Surround View Camera and Reversing Assistant
  • Live Cockpit Professional incl. natural voice control, iDrive controller, touch operation on the Control Display and smartphone connectivity
  • Head-Up Display
  • HiFi Loudspeaker system
  • Adaptive M Suspension
  • Comfort Access, incl. Automatic Operation of the Tailgate & Digital Key
  • Automatic Air-Conditioning, 2.5-zone
  • Adaptive LED Headlights w/ High-beam assistant
  • Intelligent Emergency Call
  • Teleservices
  • Connected Package Professional incl. Apple CarPlay 1yr subscription
  • Wireless Smartphone Charging
  • DAB Digital Radio tuner
  • Chinese Language Display – NCO

The BMW X6 xDrive40i is priced at $124,900* and mirrors the specification level of the xDrive30d but features a BMW six cylinder turbo petrol engine.

The BMW X6 M50i is priced at $155,900* and adds the following items to the base specification items from the xDrive30d and xDrive40i:

  • V8 Twin Turbo petrol
  • M Performance
  • 22” M light alloy wheels
  • Adaptive M Suspension Professional
  • Integral Active Steering
  • BMW LaserLight
  • Leather Instrument Panel
  • Soft-Close Doors
  • Heated cup holder
  • Lumbar support
  • 4-Zone Climate Control
  • harman / kardon Surround Sound System
  • Metallic paint

Option Packages

The following option packages are available for BMW X6, allowing customers to personalise their vehicles:

Indulgence Package
xDrive30d/xDrive40d: $7,800
M50i: $6,600

  • Soft close doors (standard on M50i)
  • Active Seat Ventilation
  • Comfort Seats
  • BMW CraftedClarity Glass Application
  • Front and Rear Seat Heating
  • Massage Function
  • Iconic Package
    xDrive30d/xDrive40d: $5,000
  • 22” Light Alloy Wheels
  • Metallic Paint
  • BMW “Iconic Glow” grille illumination

xOffroad Package

  • xDrive30d/xDrive40i: $7,500

xOffroad Package

  • Adaptive 2-axle Air Suspension
  • BMW Display Key

Note: All models can also be specified with BMW Individual Full Leather “Merino” upholstery in either Ivory White or Black for $7,300 if the Comfort Seats option is selected.

Condition Based Servicing

All maintenance requirements for the new BMW X6 are controlled by the Condition Based Servicing (CBS) system.

ith CBS, sensors and advanced algorithms monitor and calculate the conditions in which a vehicle is used, including mileage, time elapsed since its last service, fuel consumption and how a vehicle is driven. Based on the information captured, maintenance requirements are determined, identifying whether an annual vehicle inspection or oil service is due.

Selected BMW service and maintenance costs can be covered by a single, one-off advance payment with BMW Service Inclusive (BSI), which is available in two packages: Basic or Plus.