2015 BMW X6 to be lighter and sportier - report

BMW X4 artist rendering, 800, 14.10.2010
BMW X4 artist rendering, 800, 14.10.2010

Could have a more unique design

The BMW X6 has proved to be a resounding sales success and the company is hoping to continue that streak when they introduce the next-generation model in 2014.

Based on the third-generation X5, the X6 will reportedly adopt a more aggressive appearance which will make it more distinguishable from its sister model. As one source told Autocar, “We want to give our sporting models a more individual look, separating them more visually from the more practical models in our line-up.”

The next-generation model is expected to be slightly larger than its predecessor and ride on a new composite steel structure which is lighter than the current architecture. We can also expect lightweight axles to be sourced from the 5-Series.

On the handling front, entry-level models are expected to ride on steel springs while higher-end versions are slated to have a self-leveling air suspension.

Interestingly, the X6 will reportedly be equipped with a new "FlexRay" system that will allow for easy electronic upgrades. The details are still a little murky, but the system could make upgrading everything from the infotainment system to the chassis electronics much simpler.

Engine options remain unconfirmed, but speculation suggests we can expect a turbocharged 3.0-liter petrol, a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 petrol as well as twin-turbo and tri-turbo 3.0-liter diesels. There's also word of a plug-in hybrid variant which has a turbocharged 3.0-liter petrol engine, an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack.

Source: Autocar

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alihijazi alihijazi
I like the idea of FlexRay...
Feb 11th, 2013 10:48am
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BMWfan4Ever BMWfan4Ever
Feb 11th, 2013 2:15am
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I've always loved this car.
Feb 10th, 2013 9:28pm
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Considering the fact the new X5 and X6 will shed over 300lbs, they should have much better performance in almost every measure. Also since they already perform near or at the top of their classes they will make for some very dynamic and efficient vehicles..for their size.
Feb 10th, 2013 6:28pm
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WayneAshleySimons WayneAshleySimons
Mikeado: Use common sense. The X6 is not a true off road vehicle. Yes you can go offroad with it but its not meant to be a Range Rover challenger in taking on the Grand Canyon. I'm sure you know this, you're a big boy or you just moaning for the sake of moaning.
Feb 10th, 2013 1:18am
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AlikMalix AlikMalix
My bro-in-law put mud tires on the older X5, it kept up with the off-roaders in the mud and climbing. I thin the only thing that hinders the X5 or X6 for offroad capabilities are the tires - which are clearly road tires designed to have as much grip on asphalt as your typical sports car. X6 was designed for the different (if you dont like it - you're pretty much average) - go drive your crappy honda crosstour (that copied the idea) with acura zdx, infiniti fx and many more coming that are just trying hard to be the the X6... EDIT: Wayne the puns are not toward you, but the people that trash X6 for being um... not a toyota 4 runner or some average suv their mediocre beige un-inspired life dictates to them.
Feb 10th, 2013 3:48am
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autoficianado autoficianado
The Infiniti FX was on the market years before BMW made an X6 so you can't say Infiniti is copying BMW...
Feb 10th, 2013 11:47am
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Dude von Dudenstein Dude von Dudenstein
The only reason why the X6 is successful in here in the US and in Europe is because it has a BMW badge.
Feb 10th, 2013 8:10pm
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AlikMalix AlikMalix
Autoficianado, maybe so, but if FX was to copy BMW X6, it would at least look better...
Feb 12th, 2013 1:09pm
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WayneAshleySimons WayneAshleySimons
Idiotic brand?? Top of the sales charts with Merc and Audi playing catch-up, award winning engineering and benchmark for other premium brands like Lexus who openly stated the 3 series as their target with the release of the new IS model. I think you need to invest in a dictionary for the true meaning of idiotic.
Feb 10th, 2013 1:14am
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Dude von Dudenstein Dude von Dudenstein
Can I have a personal opinion? I didn't make general statements that I'm trying to force on you, and everyone else who doesn't agree with me. I was just stating that I hate the X6. You like the X6, and that's perfectly fine. That's your personal opinion. When I said that I find BMW an idiotic brand (I may have expressed it poorly) I mean that I find the majority of their designs ugly, and their ideas ridiculous. The X1, X6 and 5GT (and now also 3GT) are in my opinion a prime example. I think there are only four good looking BMWs in the lineup: 3-series, 5-series, 7-series and 6GC. The 6GC is the only one truly great looking.
Feb 10th, 2013 12:59pm
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ovyd ovyd
Dude... while I understand your opinion on the X6 which has a somewhat controversial design, not sure how you can hate the X5 -which I think is the best looking in its class - and like the 7, which in my opinion is the ugliest in its class
Feb 11th, 2013 10:48pm
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Dude von Dudenstein Dude von Dudenstein
@ovyd: I just don't like the X5's design. I personally find it the ugliest in its class. I'd take an ML, Q7, FX, Grand Cherokee (if you consider that a competitor) over the X5 any day of the week. That's just me. I don't hate the 7, but I prefer an XJ or A8. I would however choose a 7-series over an S-class (because the S-class is outdated now).
Feb 11th, 2013 11:38pm
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Dude von Dudenstein Dude von Dudenstein
(Continued)...: (if you consider it a competitor). I would however choose a 7series over an S-class, but not over an XJ or A8.
Feb 11th, 2013 11:40pm
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Microice Microice
after the 3 series GT i'm less than enthusiastic about future BMW designs esp for the hog ugly X6
Feb 9th, 2013 2:05am
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Dude von Dudenstein Dude von Dudenstein
After the X6 back in 2008 I already started to wonder what happened. Luckily BMW is the only manufacturer too tasteless to make such a car.
Feb 9th, 2013 11:30am
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Shumy Shumy
I guess that you know that most of the competitors of BMW are trying to make cars similar to X6 so I couldn't get what you meant by "Luckily BMW is the only manufacturer too tasteless to make such a car". You might find specifically the X6 ugly where it puts you out of focus as the sales of the X6 are pretty good and that is why they pioneered this situation and renew the car in 2015...
Feb 9th, 2013 8:37pm
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Dude von Dudenstein Dude von Dudenstein
@Shumy: Yeah, that's exactly what I mean. I didn't know that other manufacturers are trying to make similar SUVs (or SACs haha). Yes, I think the X6 is incredibly ugly. So is the X5, X3 and X1. And what the hell is a Sports Activity Coupe? I find BMW an idiotic brand nowadays. Good engineers and build quality, that's BMW's only virtue.
Feb 9th, 2013 9:06pm
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edd_lg edd_lg
Audi and Mercedes are working on competitor.The X6 was designed with the European market in mind and they did a good job.
Feb 9th, 2013 9:58pm
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Mikeado Mikeado
It will still be a hideous lump that would work better if it wasn't pretending to be an off-roader.
Feb 9th, 2013 1:52am
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edd_lg edd_lg
When did BMW say this is trying to be an off-roader ?
Feb 9th, 2013 2:55am
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Joao Oliveira Joao Oliveira
So what's the point with the big wheels and high ride height? and why is it based on the X5 wich is suposed to be a off-roader? and why is 4 wheel drive?
Feb 9th, 2013 6:40am
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Mikeado Mikeado
When they launched it, and on their website. Here's a quote: "The new BMW X6 is as outstanding in performance as it is impressive in appearance. Powerful engines endow it with the dynamics of a sports car, while the chassis combines the athletic shapes of a coupé with the thirst for adventure of an off-road vehicle." OFF-ROAD VEHICLE. It's an X5 sports coupé.
Feb 9th, 2013 10:16pm
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ides87 ides87
I gotta differ slightly with ya on that. I never thought the X6 was ugly - ridiculous and pointless, yes - but not ugly. I actually thought the proportions of the body were quite nice, but then it was set on top of this high-riding chassis, and that's what i think is dumb. I think the body itself is sooo much better looking than the 5 series GT and the 3GT. But i do think it's scaled wrong, it's too big. Size this thing to a X3 chassis, or whatever the 3GT is riding on, and it would be not great, but better.
Feb 10th, 2013 10:27pm
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wbizarre wbizarre
I bet that means it will have a gigantic silver boomerang thing on the side, like the 4 series and 3GT. Ugh.
Feb 9th, 2013 1:11am
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Mark633CSi Mark633CSi
Should be interesting. Especially if MB decides to build a competing model. E7X already has the FlexRay system. It replaced the iBus system used in the E53.
Feb 9th, 2013 12:47am
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