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All-new BMW X6 revealed ahead of Moscow motor show debut


New version of BMW’s upmarket SUV will arrive in UK dealers in December, with prices starting at £51,150

The new BMW X6 has been revealed, with this second-generation model building on the upmarket coupé-like SUV that pioneered a new and lucrative market niche when it was launched in 2008.

Set to make its public debut at the Moscow motor show in August, the second-gen X6 is the latest in a long line of new BMW models revealed in recent months. It is due to go on sale in the UK in December, priced from £51,150.

Despite a slow start in the midst of a global financial downturn, the first-gen X6 has proved highly successful. BMW claims global sales of more than 250,000; that’s an annual average of more than 40,000 throughout its six-year production cycle.

The second-gen X6 has been comprehensively re-engineered in a joint development programme with the recently introduced third-gen X5, alongside which it will be produced at BMW’s US factory in South Carolina.

The styling of the new SUV has been progressed using an evolutionary approach that retains a similar silhouette to its predecessor’s but with even bolder detailing at the front and rear. The body of the new SUV receives a more structured look than its predecessor, with subtle nods to the smaller and cheaper X4.

The new X6 is slightly 
bigger than its predecessor, but not by as much as earlier disguised prototypes had suggested. At 4909mm in length, 1989mm in width and 1702mm in height, it is 34mm longer, 4mm wider and 12mm higher than the outgoing X6. The wheelbase has been reduced by 2mm, to 1933mm.

It hits the scales 10kg below that of the old model at 2065kg in its lightest xDrive30d guise, despite higher equipment levels.

Inside, the latest X6 receives a restyled dashboard, more heavily contoured seats and luxurious trims – much of which are shared with the X5. Load space has increased, but only modestly. At 580 litres, the new X6 offers 10 litres more luggage capacity underneath its cargo blind than its predecessor with its newly configured 40/20/40 rear seats in place.

BMW has revealed three launch engines for the new X6 – one petrol and two diesels. All engines are mated to a standard-fit eight-speed automatic gearbox and BMW’s xDrive four-wheel drive system, which can be enhanced with a Dynamic Performance Control option that adds an electronically controlled torque vectoring function for added traction.

Crowning the line-up at the launch will be the xDrive50i, which runs a turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 petrol engine. It produces 443bhp and 480lb ft of torque, up 42bhp and 37lb ft
compared with its predecessor. It can dispatch the 0-62mph sprint 0.6sec quicker than its forebear, at 4.8sec.

Among the initial pair of diesels being made available for the X6 is BMW’s widely used turbocharged 3.0-litre, in-line six-cylinder engine. It produces 254bhp and 413lb ft 
in the X6 xDrive30d. It’s good for 0-62mph in 6.7sec, combined economy of 47.1mpg and CO2 emissions of 159g/km.

Rounding off the launch line-up is the X6 M50d, which receives the same tri-turbocharged 3.0-litre, six-cylinder diesel as its predecessor, with 376bhp and a stout 545lb ft of torque. It is now capable of 0-62mph in 5.2sec, BMW claims, and top speed is limited at 155mph.

In spring 2015, BMW plans to add successors to the xDrive35i and xDrive40d to the new X6 line-up.

BMW is already talking up the dynamic properties of the new X6, suggesting that it improves on the already impressive on-road traits of its predecessor. It is underpinned by a newly developed aluminium-intensive chassis that features a combination of double wishbones up front and a multi-link arrangement at the rear. A reduction in unsprung masses is claimed by BMW to provide added agility and improved response.


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Why you should wait for a used BMW X5 – not buy a new one

The name BMW is synonymous with quality: people always take a good hard look at a BMW when they see one on the street, and many long to own one of their own.

It’s no surprise then that the new BMW X5 has drawn a lot of interest from all over the globe, from the man on the street but also from various media organisations. It’s easy to see why – high levels of performance both on and off road, combined with supreme levels of comfort for both driver and passengers, mean this is a car anyone would want sitting on their driveway.

Having said that, though, buying a new car is often considered silly. Value is only going to go one way and, if you wait a year, you’ll be able to pick up a nearly-new one for a fair discount. That’s exactly the case with the X5. For a brand new BMW X5 you’ll be paying a minimum of £42,590 – which is a substantial amount of money to the vast majority of people.9196

Wait for one to appear on the used car forecourts, though, and you could pay significantly less. What will you lose from buying second hand? Not a lot, in reality: the dealership will refresh the interior so you’ll still drive away with that ‘new’ car smell and feel, while you’ll likely obtain a warranty as well.

What’s more, before you drive away the car will have undergone thorough checking – so it will be ‘nearly new’ in every possible sense. These days, cars age very quickly, so buying a new car is, more often than not, a mistake – sooner rather than later the car will be officially old, and the value will deteriorate rapidly.

BMWs in general are well known for their longevity. Save your money, and wait a while, and you could own a BMW X5 for the rest of your life, that is almost new when you buy it.

BMW X4 2014 price & release date

The concept model for the new BMW X4 was first unveiled at the Shanghai Motor Show in April, and seeing as the final production model is expected to be very similar it shouldn’t take too long for BMW to expose the completed masterpiece.

BMW X4 2014

From the images released, the BMW X4 appears to be a sportier version of the X3, just as the X6 is a sportier version of the X5, with larger wheels and a firmer suspension. The X4 is also similar to the X6 in that it has a sloping roof-line and an upturned boot lid. With the success of the X6 over the X5 it’s no wonder that BMW has chosen to revamp the X3 in the same way.

Although the interior of this new car is yet to be revealed it can be estimated that the layout will be almost identical to the X3 as would be expected for BMW to minimise development costs. Also, with the development of the sloping roof, it appears that headroom in the rear will be lacking.

No details have been provided about the engines yet either, but as with the interior, it is likely to be similar to that of the X3. BMW have confirmed that the X4 will come with the xDrive four-wheel-drive system found on its predecessors but they have not mentioned whether a rear-wheel-drive version will be available.

The BMW X4 is certain to make a well-anticipated appearance at the Detroit Motor Show in January, where an official 2014 release date is also likely to be announced. The price of the car is yet to be publicised too, but estimations are ranging from £30,000 – £35,000 in the United Kingdom. The car will be built alongside the X3, X5 and X6 at the Spartanburg Plant in South Carolina, USA.