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by James Ward

The all new 2015 BMW X6 is now available in Australia and while prices have increased across the range, specification and features is up on all models.

BMW are aware that X6 buyers are more interested in luxury and performance appointments than their X5-buying counterparts, so the full X6 range has been tweaked to reflect a more premium offering.

BMW X-Series product manager, Brendan Michel, told CarAdvice at the Australian launch in Melbourne last week that “BMW acknowledge the original (E71) X6 was a risky move, but it was one that has paid off”.

BMW originally forecast 150,000 units for the lifetime production of the X6, but with more than 260,000 X6’s having rolled out of the Spartenburg, North Carolina factory , the SUV coupe-crossover has paved the way for other models in the BMW line up (X4) as well as competitor brands (Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe).

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Lessons learned from Australian sales of the E71 X6 have defined much of the specification of the new F16 2015 BMW X6 range.

Mr Michel noted that over 90% of E71 buyers opted for the 20-inch wheel package when purchasing their vehicles – so these are now included as standard equipment across the range.

More than two-out-of-three X6’s are expected to be sold with the M-Sport package, so it has been keenly priced and includes the M-Adaptive suspension system.

There are three models available from launch, the 30d, 50i and M50d – with the 35i and 40d due to follow in February this year.

See below for a full list of standard equipment across the BMW X6 range. 

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BMW X6 xDrive 30d ($115,400):

  • 190kW / 560Nm 3.0-litre turbo diesel engine (6L/100km claimed combined economy cycle)
  • 8-speed automatic transmission
  • Auto start-stop function
  • Driving experience control (Eco-Pro, Comfort, Sport, Sport+)
  • Servotronic power steering
  • xDrive AWD
  • Eight airbags
  • 20-inch wheels with run-flat tyres
  • ConnectedDrive Emergency Call and Teleservices
  • ‘Pure Extravagance’ exterior design features (grey trim, aluminium running boards, sill finishers)
  • Driver assistant package (pedestrian detect, lane-departure warning, forward collision warning with city-braking)
  • Front and rear parking sensors with surround-view camera
  • Adaptive LED headlights
  • Interior lighting pacakge
  • Rain sensing wipers and headlamps
  • Leather seats
  • Automatic tailgate
  • Electric driver and passenger seats with memory function
  • Nine-speaker sound system
  • 10.2-inch professional navigation system
  • Heads-up display
  • 10.2-inch LCD multifunction instrument display

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BMW X6 xDrive 50i ($151,600) – adds over 30d:

  • 330kW / 650Nm 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engine (9.7L/100km claimed combined economy cycle)
  • Adaptive Suspension package
  • Vehicle alarm system
  • Metallic paint
  • Driving assistant plus package (adaptive cruise control with full automatic braking function)
  • Ceramic surrounds for iDrive controls
  • Four-zone airconditioning
  • Electrically adjustable lumbar support
  • DAB+ digital radio tuner

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BMW X6 M50d ($157,900) – adds over 50i:

  • 280kW / 560Nm 3.0-litre triple-turbo diesel engine (6.6L/100km claimed combined economy cycle)
  • M-Adaptive suspension package
  • M-servotronic steering
  • 20-inch M-alloy wheels
  • Shadow-line trim
  • M Aerodynamics package
  • M leather steering wheel

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M-Sport package ($1800 on 30d and no-cost option on 50i):

  • 20-inch alloy wheels (double spoke style)
  • M-Adaptive suspension
  • High-gloss chrome exhaust pipes.
  • Shadow-line trim
  • M leather steering wheel
  • M Aerodynamics package



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