In India BMW introduced the third-generation X6. The Sports Activity Coupe (SAC) is being sold in two models, xLine and MSport, both priced at Rs 95 lakh (ex-showroom India), as it is named in BMW’s lingo.
BMW India brought the X6 via the CBU route to India which is one of the reasons for its exorbitant price tag. Some of the other reasons are that it offers a huge panoramic glass roof, adaptive air suspension, a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six twin-turbo petrol engine, an automatic 8-speed transmission, and a standard ‘intelligent’ all-wheel drive system for both variants.
The motor underneath the bonnet is calibrated to allow torque of 340PS and 450Nm which is adequate to get this SAC going, and then some. This engine’s sporty qualities are further accentuated by the fact that paddle shifters on both models come as normal. It sprints in 5.5 seconds from 0-100kmph and the peak speed is electronically limited to 250kmph.
The performance and feature list for both variants is also pretty much the same. BMW provides all-around LED lighting (BMW laser lights are optional for both variants), ambient lighting, a 2.5 zone climate control system, front row heated and cooled cup holders, second row UBS-C connectivity, Gesture Control, BMW Live Cockpit Professional (customizable instrument cluster and touchscreen) and a 205W 10-speaker sound system for both variants. The two variants also get alloy wheels of 20 inches that can be upgraded to optional 21-inch rims.
In both variants, with eight airbags on board to protect the occupants in case of a crash, the safety features are the same too. Then there are technologies including ABS with Brake Aid, Corner Braking Control, Dynamic Stability System, which involves Dynamic Traction Control and Hill Descent Control, which acts to stop a collision in real-time.
There are a number of variations in stock type between the two types. The xLine version receives Adaptive 2-axle Air Suspension while Adaptive M Suspension is used with the MSport version. The 2-axle Air Suspension is of course offered by BMW as an optional extra for the MSport variant. Another difference is that it gets M Sport brakes in the MSport variant. Many other variations are cosmetic with the xLine being more sturdy and the MSport claiming to be suited for the metropolitan environment.
For both models BMW also provides a range of free extras. Some of them have just been mentioned. Others include a sparkling kidney grill from BMW, a panoramic glass roof with sky lounge functionality, 4-zone climate control and a surround device from Harmon Kardon.