Despite slow sales, the X6 is getting a second generation complete with the M version . The X5 , on which the X6 is based, got a healthy refresh for 2014 with new driveline options and updated powertrains. 2014 will be the first time the CUV is available in a rear-wheel-drive-only setup with AWD still remaining an option. If this carries over to the X6, it could significantly reduce the CUV’s base MSRP, and open up the vehicle to a new group of buyers. Selecting the RWD setup in the X5 saves customers $2,300 over the AWD version.
All-wheel-drive will probably remain a fixture in the X6 M, however, due to the high output of the turbocharged V-8 and its track-ready attitude. That power is likely to come from the M5 sedan’s 4.4-liter TwinPower V-8 that lays down 560 horsepower between 6,000 and 7,000 rpm and 502 pound-feet of torque between a low 1,500 and impressive 5,750 rpm.
The X6 still retains its coupe-like crossover appearance with it’s sloping roofline in its second generation. The M version seen here gets larger grille openings and signature quad exhaust outlets. Not present on this tester is a vented or power-bulged hood that will probably be on the production X6 M.
Pricing for the current-generation X6 M starts at $93,900 and grows quickly to over $100k with options. It’s likely pricing won’t move too far away from the current numbers, but if they do, they’ll be headed north.
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February 10, 2014 - 2015 BMW X6 M testing in the cold
The Porsche Cayenne is scheduled to get its update for 2015 as well, and should be taking many design and styling cues from its little brother the Macan . As we saw with the 2014 Panamera , the Cayenne S will likely ditch its V-8 for the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 developing something like 420 horsepower. A hybrid version is also a possibility and rumors say the V-6, electric motor combo is good for 416 horsepower and a combined 75 mpg.
The real competitor to the X6 M would be the 570-horsepower Cayenne Turbo S model, which will go into production after the regular 2015 Cayenne hits showrooms.
Also new for 2015 is the Mercedes-Benz ML-Class of SUV. If the German automaker decided to bring back the AMG model (fingers crossed they do!), the sport version of this family hauler will prove to be stiff competition for the BMW X6 M. The rivalry between the two automakers has always been undeniably fun to observe and 2015 should prove to be no different.
There’s no solid word on what might power an AMG ML Class , but last year’s had a twin-turbo, 5.5-liter V-8 under the hood that was good for 518 horsepower and did naught to 60 mph is a scant 4.7 seconds.
Starting price for a 2014 ML63 AMG is $97,250 and that won’t likely increase much with the new model year.
Gallery Mercedes-Benz M-Class
The BMW X6 first saw production in 2008 . Even then, many didn’t know what to make of the new Sports Activity Vehicle pitched between a SUV and sports coupe. The exterior design surely caught some eyes, but its performance was undeniable - especially with the M version starting in 2009.
The X6’s body has gone relatively unchanged since its introduction, while powertrain options have expanded. Several version of gasoline engines have been offered, along with a couple diesel options for the world market.
The X6 has seen its sales slump after its initial launch, but BMW hopes this second generation update will spur sales in an upward direction.