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by Tim Beissmann

BMW Australia has expanded its luxury sports crossover line-up with the introduction of an entry-level diesel model to the BMW X6 range: the BMW X6 xDrive30d.

The launch of the X6 xDrive30d means the BMW X6 range now starts at $109,900 (manufacturer’s list price, excluding government and dealer charges).

The previous base model – the BMW X6 xDrive35i – is priced from $119,600, which means the X6 range starts at a $9700 cheaper price point than before.

The xDrive30d is powered by a 3.0-litre diesel engine with 180kW of power and 540Nm of torque. The new model will sprint from 0-100km/h in just 7.5 seconds, while combined cycle fuel consumption is an impressive 7.4 litres/100km – by far the most frugal X6 in the range.

Like the rest of the line-up, an eight-speed automatic transmission is standard, along with Dynamic Performance Control, which enhances the crossover’s agility and handling.

The xDrive30d model sees the introduction of a five-seat option for the X6, which is now available across all models in the range. The centre-rear seating position retains an inbuilt armrest as well as the bench’s 60:40 split-fold ability.

Standard features include 19-inch alloy wheels, automatic tailgate, leather sports seats and steering wheel, bi-xenon headlights, high beam assist, head-up display, rear view camera with Top View, front and rear parking sensors, satellite navigation, and Bluetooth and USB audio connectivity.

A $5000 Sports Package pumps up the xDrive30d with 20-inch alloy wheels, a high-gloss shadow line and anthracite roof liner.

The launch of the X6 xDrive30d follows the recent introduction of the BMW X3 xDrive30d, which sits at the top of the X3 range.

2011 BMW X6 manufacturer’s list prices (excluding government and dealer charges):

  • xDrive30d – $109,900
  • xDrive35i – $119,600
  • xDrive40d – $126,000
  • xDrive50i – $149,000
  • X6 M – $185,000



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