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evo India|October 2020
The third-generation X6 features head-turning design and packs in the performance of a sports car. But does it make any sense?
SUVRAT KOTHARI

IN 2008, BMW GAVE BIRTH TO THE X6, marrying the two vastly different body styles of a coupe and an SUV. The front had the muscle of the X5, and the traditional SUV rear end was replaced by a swooping roofline. BMW called it the Sports Activity Coupe, while the rest of the world called it an SUV-Coupe. The design drew mixed reactions, but irrespective of the criticism, close to half a million units of the X6 have now been sold worldwide. BMW clearly knew what they were up to and have extended the SAV line down the range. BMW have now launched this third-generation X6 in India, taking a formula that people can’t seem to get enough of and evolving it even further. When it was launched during the lockdown we were scratching our heads, figuring out how to get our hands on it. Three months down the line, we can confidently say it was worth the wait.

In the flesh, the X6 looks massive. It’s intimidating, but in a sexy way. The kidney grille is larger (who would have thought?) but compared to that on the X7 and even the new 4 Series, the X6’s seems reasonablysized. The X6’s grille sets itself apart with illumination that looks futuristic at night, but the option will set you back by an additional ₹1 lakh. Critics have gone on and on about BMW grilles being way too much in recent times so I’ll spare you my thoughts on a subject that way too much has already been written about.

Compared to its predecessor, the new X6 is 26mm longer, 15mm wider and 6mm shorter while the wheelbase has increased by 42mm, giving it a larger footprint. Proportions aside, the X6 appears more angular and aggressive, the bumpers house larger intakes, the headlamps and taillamps are sleeker and the character line that previously ran through the door handles is now placed slightly higher. The swooping roofline makes the profile look chiseled. Park it amongst the ocean of generic SUVs and the X6 stands out like a, well, I wouldn’t say sore thumb because wanting to stand out is what people want! What we have here is the xDrive40i in the M Sport trim that highlights the sporty credentials with a sportier-sounding exhaust (piped into the cabin via the speakers), blue-coloured calipers with M-badging, metal-finished pedals, among many other subtle differentiators over the xLine trim.

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