Bavarian carmaker delivers some of the most popular vehicles in the luxury SUV class. Everything started with the X5 mid-size SUV. But, BMW stunned the market when designers decided to convert the classic model into a coupe. Now, the 2021 BMW X6 is one of the most recognizable vehicles in the premium segment. The SUV offers all – cool styling, power even in the base form, hi-tech features, premium materials, safety on the highest level. It is really hard to find any downside of the X6. If you are really picky, then the price is one of the stumbling blocks. Also, the SUV is not offering the third row of seats and even passengers at the back will lack some headroom because of the sloped roofline design.
Changes in the 2021 BMW X6 are modest. The company introduced the new generation of the luxury mid-size coupe SUV this year. So, fans can expect only upgrades. Also, the vehicle is now a year old and tested. The first impressions are praising the X6 and we believe it will achieve better sales in the future.
The top of the class version is X6M. Engineers tune the engine to 600 horsepower. But, that is not all, since the Competition package adds more energy, making BMW’s vehicle one of the most powerful SUVs in the market. The carmaker is not unveiling details about the upcoming model. However, do not expect some radical changes. We might see the X6 in electric form, but the iX3 and iX5 are the priorities.
A Lot of Power
A lot of buyers were asking about the 2021 BMW X6 3.5i model or xDrive35i. Well, this package is revisited and now appears as the sDrive and xDrive 40i. The configuration is using the same engine, a 3.0-liter inline-six petrol unit. But now, the drivetrain is more powerful than before, returning 335 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque. Plus, the new design lowered the ground clearance and improved aerodynamic. The base trim of the X6 coupe SUV is going to return 21/26 mpg. The all-wheel drive system is available with the “xDrive” badge. The standard setup for the SUV is sDrive.
Besides the turbo-six, the vehicle also comes with the more powerful M50i package. In this case, the power comes from a twin-turbo V8 unit. With 523 horsepower, the X6 will be able to sprint 0-60 mph in just 4.5 seconds. Of course, the fuel economy is suffering. The performance edition of the SUV is returning 16/22 mpg for city/highway drive. An eight-speed transmission is smarter than ever. It recognizes the need for power and torque and distributes energy to the axle than need it more. Drivers can select the most suitable ride mode and improve performance and efficiency.
2021 BMW X6M and 600 Ponies
The new setup is also available for the most powerful unit in the family. Engineers squeezed 600 horsepower from the same 4.4-liter V8 engine for the 2021 BMW X6 M Performance edition. With the Competition package, the outputs go higher, while the 0-60 mph acceleration time drops to 4 seconds. The X6M is not among the most powerful, but also the fastest SUVs in the market.
The M package is not all about the performance. However, body upgrades are also multifunctional. Side skirts, bumper, and wheels will improve airflow and overall drive comfort. Plus, visually, the X6M looks way more aggressive than the standard version. Of course, the “M” badge will remind spectators about the special edition of the coupe SUV.
Why Buy 2021 BMW X6?
The vehicle is new and the upcoming season is not going to bring any major change. Well, the COVID-19 outburst is postponing most of the updates. So, the German company is not going to spend time for the fresh SUV. The styling is improved and upgraded, and we can already hear comments this is the best X6 ever. With 335 horsepower, it matches outputs of what we expect to find in the mid-size luxury class. A V8 skyrockets the SUV to the performance-edition segment, while the 2021 BMW X6 M is a whole new dimension. All in all, the SUV offers everything.
The bad thing about the 2021 BMW X6 is its price. Even the base model comes with a hefty cost of $65,000 hanging from the SUV. All-wheel drive is a $2,500 upgrade. If you want to spend $20k more, you are getting a V8 engine. With a few additional packages, the price enters the six-digit world. The X6M starts around $130,000. More downsides come with the vehicle’s attractive look. The sloped roof will cause a lack of cargo space. The SUV offers 27 cubic feet behind rear seats and 60 cu.ft. when this row is folded. For example, the X5 offers 33/72 cubic feet. Plus, the headroom for passengers at the back is not as generous as with classic SUVs. And finally, the attractive roofline decreases visibility.