2020 BMW X6 Goes Official With Sportier Styling, 523 HP V8 Engine

BMW kicked off the crossover coupe craze when it introduced the X6 at the 2008 North American International Auto Show. Now, 11 years later, the automaker has unveiled the third-generation model.

Looking more aggressive than its predecessor, the 2020 X6 has a bold new grille which is even larger than before. The model will also be offered with an optional illuminated grille that lights up while driving or when the doors are opened or closed.

The grille is flanked by slender headlights and resides above a new front bumper which features “sharp-creased lines” for a more aggressive appearance.  Further back, there’s front fender vents and a steeply sloping roof with a double-bubble design that terminates into twin spoilers.  Other notable features include a ventilated rear fascia and LED taillights which recall those used on the 8-Series.

19-inch wheels are standard in Europe, while Americans get 20-inchers.  However, customers will have the option of ordering 21- and 22-inch units.

In terms of size, the X6 is larger than before as it now measures 194.3 inches (4935 mm) long, 78.9 inches (2004 mm) wide and 66.8 inches (1696 mm) tall with a wheelbase that spans 117.1 inches (2975 mm).  To put those numbers into perspective, the model is 1 inch (26 mm) longer, 0.6 inches (15 mm) wider and 0.2 inches (6 mm) lower.  The wheelbase also grows by 1.7 inches (42 mm).

A Stylish And High Tech Interior

The cabin echoes the X5 and comes nicely equipped with Vernasca leather sport seats and a Sensatec covered dashboard.  Drivers will also find a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and an infotainment system with a 12.3-inch display.  The model also promises to be practical as 40:20:40 split rear seats can be folded down to increase the cargo capacity from 20.5 cubic feet (580 liters) to 54 cubic feet (1,530 liters).

An assortment of options will be available including a four-zone climate control system, heated / cooled cup holders and a panoramic glass roof with more than 15,000 illuminated accent points.  Other options include glass accents, a 20-speaker Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System, Merino leather and a heads up display.

US-spec models will come standard with an assortment of driver assistance systems including Blind Spot Detection, Lane Departure Warning and Rear Collision Warning.  There’s also Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Speed Limit Information and a Frontal Collision Warning system with Pedestrian Warning and City Collision Mitigation.

The optional Driving Assistance Professional package adds Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Lane Keeping Assistant with Active Side Collision Protection, Extended Traffic Jam Assistant and Evasion Aid.

Four Engines Including A Twin Turbo V8 

In the United States, two different engines will be available. The X6 sDrive40i and xDrive40i have a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder that produces 335 hp (250 kW / 340 PS) and 330 lb-ft (447 Nm) of torque. It is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission which enables the model to accelerate from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in as little as 5.2 seconds. The top speed is limited to 130 mph (209 km/h) when equipped with all-season tires, but models with performance tires can hit 155 mph (250 km/h).

Buyers looking for more power can opt for the X6 M50i. It has a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 which cranks out 523 hp (390 kW / 530 PS) and 553 lb-ft (750 Nm) of torque. Thanks to the extra power and standard all-wheel drive, the crossover rockets from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in just 4.1 seconds.

Europeans get two diesel models including the X6 M50d which has a quad turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that produces 395 hp (294 kW / 400 PS) and 561 lb-ft (760 Nm) of torque. This enables the model to hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 5.2 seconds.

Lastly, there’s the X6 xDrive30d. It has a 3.0-liter six-cylinder turbodiesel engine with 261 hp (195 kW / 265 PS) and 457 lb-ft (620 Nm) of torque. The dash from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) takes 6.5 seconds, while the top speed is limited to 143 mph (230 km/h).

Speaking of performance, the X6 can be equipped with an optional air suspension and a Dynamic Handling package which includes active roll stabilization, integral active steering and M Sport brakes. There’s even an Off-Road Package which includes the aforementioned air suspension as well as an electronically controlled M Sport rear differential and four off-road driving modes tuned for travelling over snow, sand, gravel or rocks.

The 2020 X6 will go into production in August and US sales are slated to begin in November. Pricing will start at $64,300 and top out at $85,650 for the X6 M50i (excluding a $995 destination fee).

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  • Aeromann

    Sportier? No, Uglier. 😬

  • Jason Panamera

    Back looks nice but this front has something messed up. It is probably the shape of kidneys. Seems like they wanted them as tall as in X5 and sporty-wide like in 8 series. In my opinion X5 has better looking grille than X6 but I may need more time to get used to it.

    • Elpatore

      I’m pretty sure thats just what they did, merge both grille designs into whatever this thing is… I used to love the X6, now it has become so irrelevant…

  • Mr. EP9

    Eh, no.

  • exeptor

    Car aside, but some of the pictures are simply ridiculous – I’m sure some of us can do a better job on placing the car in different sceneries. Really low BMW, really low.

    P.S. The car looks acceptable in pic 21 😁.

    • Mr. EP9

      Like a bad photoshop.

  • roy

    Q8 it is

  • DaruniaG

    This is something you drive when you have reached douchebag lvl 100

    • Mr. EP9

      Lifted G Wagons are more likely.

  • Bo Hanan

    Yeah, but people are buying it.

  • Bo Hanan
  • Aelwyn

    I wonder if I’d hate it less if it weren’t in that horrendous baby-shit brown color.

  • Nordschleife

    I absolutely loved the first X6. I absolutely still love the first X6.

  • eb110americana

    The rear end looks a bit tall, they could have cleaned that up by raising the license plate pocket up–or putting it in the diffuser area. The front bumper is typically disgusting, overdone BMW these days. Remember when BMWs just had angel eyes? Now there are angular angel eyes, with eyebrows, and a light up grille.

    That said, the body side has finally ditched those cheesy rear fender creases that the X4 started. In profile, this is honestly the best looking SUV “coupe” since the first X6.

  • Bash

    Im not really liking it and Im not really a hater too, but the Q8 is better.

    • PK

      the new gle coupe will be more expecting than this one for sure. i don’t like the taillights and the rear of this car.

      • Bash

        Yes, personally I put them in this order, Q8-GLE-cayenne-x6

        • PK

          good point. the x6 never stood out anyways.

        • Andrewthecarguy

          Scoped out a Q8 today and it looks fab. Agree with the order as well…

  • Mike anonymous

    It is very clear that BMW Has Good Designers,.. If not Great Designers! BUT it is very clear that there is a disconnect between those in design, and those who are responsible for bringing that design to life.

    The first generation X6 Was and still is my personal favorite generation for exactly what it was; an exercise in design, shape, form, and function, (nearly a concept vehicle for the roads if you will; based on the “BMW X6 & X6 ActiveHybrid Concepts” (shown below).).


    It was a vehicle that understood what it was, and what made it so magical and loved in the first place. A first generation vehicle that initiated an entire vehicle segment.


    The first generation was and is my favorite generation of the X6. The second generation seemed not to understand what exactly made the vehicle what it was. But this 3rd generation it is very clear thatthe designers UNDERSTOOD what made the first generation great’ it is very clear that their vision for what this vehicle was, is, and could be, was understood from the beginning, but as the title of this post states; “there is a disconnect between those in design, and those who are responsible for brining that design to life”.
    Bringing a design to life requires more than simply designers but engineers and other personnel to bring a design to life (unless of course the designer well understands vehicle engineering, and regulation requirements).
    The designers of the first generation X6 did a marvelous job at bringing their vision to life.
    I won’t say that those responsible did not try hard to do so, as bringing a vehicle to life is a feat onto itself, but their execution and more so limitation is what I personally believe is holding this current (new) generation back.


    I could state that BMW needs to change their corporate mirrors (which seemed to be slapped onto every vehicle they make that’s not a true ‘M’ variant). I could also talk about the need to design a better bumper rather than slapping the same on (again) on all of their products. I could compliment the illuminated grille of the new X6 which I think is the ‘coolest’ aspect of the entire vehicle, but…
    I am not her to ramble. I am not here to complain. I am here to simply state that things just do not feel the same.


    To BMW; the X6 is and should always be an exercise in form and function through design. Without restraint, without resistance, without fear of ‘what this or that reviewer will say’ or ‘how it will sell’.

    If you focus in making the best product you can,.. and you execute properly on your vision and determination to do so,.. and CREATE a great product, people will not only buy it,.. but people will LOVE it.

    The X6 should be the kind of car, people want to put up wallpapers of. The kind of car that people dream of owning, or sitting inside of. That is what All BMWs’ should be and feel like.

    Therefore with that said,.. I am not giving up hope on the designers of BMW,.. because whilst I may not always like what they produce (cough… (the recent) M Vision concept) it is very clear that the talent IS there. We simply need people who are as passionate about that which their co-workers have created, to bring those visions to life.


    It is very clear that BMW Has Good Designers,.. If not Great Designers! BUT it is very clear that there is a disconnect between those in design, and those who are responsible for brining that design to life. Hopefully soon BMW will find the magnets to make those two halves click, as they once had. It’s high time we get a BMW we can love in such a way once again.

    • Dennis James

      I agree, first generation X6 was just perfect, the following ones were just botched versions of the original.

    • Nordschleife

      I like when you stated that the X6 is should be wallpaper worthy. The first X6 had nothing to lose and when you have nothing to lose I do feel you’re much more free to innovate. However if your vehicle or object is a success you’re then tied to the previous innovation with only the details to change/update. Unfortunately the X6 just takes the innovation of the first and adds layers of details that may or may not create desirability. I do then gen 3 looks better than gen 2 but nothing will be as polarizing as the original.

  • Matteo Tommasi

    This is bad. Like, REALLY bad.
    Still better than an Audi Q8 tho.

  • kDawg

    Damn. First gen still looks the best.

    • alexxx

      My favorite also…

  • drc

    BMW has entered another period of designing incredibly unattractive vehicles. So much so, I let my BMWCCA membership lapse in March of this year, there are no new BMW’s I want to buy. Now, the new Cayenne Coupe from Porsche is the best in this category.

    • botornot387

      Agreed on the Cayenne Coupe. It is super handsome. This to me isn’t great, but a much better design than its predecessor and the ugly Merc.

  • Harry_Wild

    Awful looking especially from the side view! Eeeeeehhhh!

  • Sybill Julian

    bmw is crazy now

  • Mike Gonzalez

    it gets uglier with every new generation… if I was told this is a Chinese clone, I’d definitely believe it

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