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2015 BMW X6 to be lighter and sportier - report

 2015 BMW X6 to be lighter and sportier - report
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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Comments (26)

 alihijazi alihijazi
I like the idea of FlexRay...
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February 11, 2013 3:48 am
 BMWfan4Ever BMWfan4Ever
UGH USELES...
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February 10, 2013 7:15 pm
 EJ EJ
I've always loved this car.
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February 10, 2013 2:28 pm
 BMWCS BMWCS
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.
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February 10, 2013 11:28 am
 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.
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February 9, 2013 6:18 pm
 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.
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February 9, 2013 6:14 pm
 Microice Microice
after the 3 series GT i'm less than enthusiastic about future BMW designs esp for the hog ugly X6
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February 8, 2013 7:05 pm
 Mikeado Mikeado
It will still be a hideous lump that would work better if it wasn't pretending to be an off-roader.
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February 8, 2013 6:52 pm
 wbizarre wbizarre
I bet that means it will have a gigantic silver boomerang thing on the side, like the 4 series and 3GT. Ugh.
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February 8, 2013 6:11 pm
 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.
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February 8, 2013 5:47 pm