BMWBLOG Review: 2015 BMW X6

15 years ago, the BMW X5 made its debut as the world’s first Sports Activity Vehicle, attracting both praises and concerns from the BMW community. The introduction of the BMW X5 in 1999 laid the foundation stone for other X models to create new seg...

15 years ago, the BMW X5 made its debut as the world’s first Sports Activity Vehicle, attracting both praises and concerns from the BMW community. The introduction of the BMW X5 in 1999 laid the foundation stone for other X models to create new segments or to fill premium niches. In 2008, BMW introduced the world’s first Sports Activity Coupe, the BMW X6, which seven year later has been deemed successful for the brand with close to 250,000 units sold worldwide, an impressive figure for a somewhat niche model. Now, BMW aims to build upon that success and deliver an even more compelling product.

BMWBLOG Review: 2015 BMW X6

Considered more of an evolution over its predecessor, the second-generation BMW X6 will soon face tougher competition in the segment with the Mercedes-Benz ML and a Porsche model based on the Cayenne. EXTERIOR APPEAL It is indisputable that the F16 BMW X6 is an evolution of the E71 X6, with a design that doesn’t deviate from the proven formula. The new X6 is more masculine than ever, wider, slightly larger and meaner than ever. The front-end simply dominates the road and if you add the M Sport Package to the deal, you can see what’s in store, and more, for the upcoming BMW X6 M. The dimensions of the first and second generation SACs can hardly be distinguished: three more centimeters in length, 2.5 centimeters more in width and 3mm more height.

BMWBLOG Review: 2015 BMW X6

BMWBLOG Review: 2015 BMW X6

BMWBLOG Review: 2015 BMW X6

Some of the specific changes are the the bigger X-shape of the nose with the larger headlights and 3D-sculpted kidney grille, horizontal inlets in the air intakes, air breathers and air curtains. The latter are aerodynamic features that help with the air flow and resistance – instead of building up and creating more drag upon the wheels, the air is routed behind the wheels, where it’s channeled through those side vents. In the back, the designers updates the rear-end with a lower and more dynamic-looking lid. The taillights are wrapping around the car and are sleeker and longer. Thanks to all these aero changes, the coefficient drag dropped from 0.34 to 0.32 Cd. The most significant changes come from the side where the new BMW X6 stands out with its sharp creases and character lines along the flanks. BMW says that while visually and essentially technically the new X6 is a larger car, the weight has dropped – 2,145 kg vs 2,100 kg – aided by the more extensive use of lightweight, high-strength steel, an aluminum hood and plastic fenders. INTERIOR & CABIN TECH

BMWBLOG Review: 2015 BMW X6

BMWBLOG Review: 2015 BMW X6

BMWBLOG Review: 2015 BMW X6

While the exterior design changes are welcome and exciting at the same time, we believe the real story is inside the new X6 where now the term premium cabin can be attributed to the car without reluctance. The cabin is significantly more luxurious than its predecessor, with premium materials and design lines that differentiate the X6 not only from the previous model, but also from the new F15 X5. Ulrich Strohle, the X6 interior designer, says the design philosophy continues with the layer approach with open stitching giving the car an equal elegant and sporty look aimed at a more spirited driver compared to the traditional SUV chauffeur. On top of the dash reigns the free-standing 10.2-inch LCD display, a staple now in the interior design of any new BMW. The high-res screen displays all the connected features in the car and outside, and display them through the intuitive iDrive interface. The information can be controlled and manipulated via the iDrive Touch knob, which takes both rotary inputs as well as gestures.

BMWBLOG Review: 2015 BMW X6

The previous X6 originally came to market as a four-seater, a “feature” that many customers have complained about. It has later added the option of a fifth seat and a bench, a feature that now carries over to the new X6 – a four-place seating is optional. Space in the front and rear has also been increased, with more than decent legroom and headroom, even for someone measuring 6″2 (188 cm). Sure, the non-reclinable rear seats might offer less for your head than the X5 or Porsche Cayenne, but that’s the comprise of having a beautiful sloping roofline. The trunk offers 580 liters of cargo space with more available when the rear seats – split 40/20/40 – fold flat.

BMWBLOG Review: 2015 BMW X6

BMWBLOG Review: 2015 BMW X6

Is it all high-standards inside the car? Certainly not. In order to keep the car at a decent price point, some plastic buttons were imported from the 1 and 3 Series. Even with those little quirks of ours, the cabin of the new X6 is exponentially better than the first generation. Connectivity, safety and comfort features are all packed inside the car. The new digital gauges will change dramatically depending upon the driving mode you’ve selected. Clearly, the Sport mode made us the happiest with its red display and full tachometer. For the more aggressive drivers and for those taking the car to the track or offroad – yes, there are some customers that will – BMW included padded knee bracing along the center console. HOW DOES IT DRIVE

BMWBLOG Review: 2015 BMW X6

BMWBLOG Review: 2015 BMW X6

We had the choice to test the global BMW X6 xDrie50i model or the M Performance Automobiles M50d which, unfortunately, is not available in the US. We’ve opted for the high-end 4.4 liter V8 TwinTurbo as our hauler to the BMW Performance Center, a 150 miles route through the South and North Carolina backroads that offer some great twisties and corners. Unfortunately, the day we were scheduled for the drive proved to be one of the rainiest of the year in South Carolina, with heavy rain throughout the entire day. In a way, we were hoping for some dry pavement to throw the X6 xDrive50i into the corners, but at the same time, we felt lucky to have weather conditions that allow us to test the safety of the car and the xDrive system on slippery, dangerous roads. At some fairly fast speeds. The X6 xDrive50i’s V8 engine has been reworked to produce 45 more horsepower and 30 lb.-ft. more torque – 445 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque –  enabling it to sprint from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.8 seconds, an improvement of 0.5 seconds over the previous generation. Quite fast for a car of that size. It comes with only one transmission — the ZF eight-speed automatic — that includes a launch control function.

BMWBLOG Review: 2015 BMW X6

The chassis of the X6 is tuned for understeer but the adaptive suspension delivers a ride comparable to a rear-wheel drive sedan. The X6 demonstrates stable cornering at speed, smooth throttle and excellent brake performance. While improved over other generation BMWs, the electric power steering still lacks some of the feedback we expect in a BMW. But in all fairness, most likely only the purists will notice that which might not be the target demographic for the X6. The adaptive suspension allows to run the car with different settings, from Comfort to Sport+ where, as always, you have the most fun. Our tester came with the optional 20-inch wheels with 275/40 and 315/35 Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT ultra-high performance tires, which proven to be quite grippy on the wet and extremely slippery pavement. Due to the bias towards the rear wheels, the X6 can get happy tail in the rain but the  torque-vectoring differential, large brakes and electronic safety systems will help you keep the heavy SUV on the road.

BMWBLOG Review: 2015 BMW X6

Despite throwing the X6 into some tight corners, the X6 managed to stay flat despite its hefty weight and high ride setting, and we experienced limited body roll. OFFROAD The 3-hour long and fun trip took us to the BMW Driving School where two other exercises were awaiting us. But instead of using our xDrive50i model, we chose the M50d tri-turbo to see what is made of on the track and offroad. Taking an X6 off-road is probably something not many owners will do in their car’s lifetime, but when it’s not your car…things change. We decided to put the new X6 through the torture of rocks, steep inclinations and to top it off, through a 19-inch deep water which after a day full of rain, seemed to be a bit higher than normal.

BMWBLOG Review: 2015 BMW X6

BMWBLOG Review: 2015 BMW X6

BMWBLOG Review: 2015 BMW X6

BMW says that a 26 degree tilt limit is what the new X6 is capable of. One cool feature added in the new xDrive information screen is the ability to see which wheel your torque is being shifted to and you can also get right in front of you the roll angle and incline – useful in situation like this.

BMWBLOG Review: 2015 BMW X6

BMWBLOG Review: 2015 BMW X6

BMWBLOG Review: 2015 BMW X6

Despite all we’ve thrown at it, the X6 passed the off-road test with flying colors, aided of course by standard features like the xDrive and Hill Descent Control. The 8.3 inches ground clearance and 19.7 inch fording depth helped quite a bit as well. TRACK AND SKID PAD

BMWBLOG Review: 2015 BMW X6

BMWBLOG Review: 2015 BMW X6

BMWBLOG Review: 2015 BMW X6

The BMW X6 M50d is one of those models that doesn’t get the respect is entitled to. A somewhat niche model, it is a tremendous piece of work by the BMW and M engineers. The tri-turbo 3.0 liter diesel produces 381hp @ 4000rpm and 546lb ft @ 2000rpm. It is capable of a 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) sprint in 5.2 seconds. BMW added the adaptive M Sport suspension, which firm up considerably in the Sport mode to limit body-roll and the Dynamic Adaptive Package which includes body roll control. Especially on the track, the two packages help tremendously with grip and corners, as well as giving the car an extraordinary agility for its size and weight. The training facility includes a paved 1.7-mile racing circuit and the X6 M50d was a blast to race with it, especially in the rain. Again, it’s the Sport+ setting where the car shines the most, it reacts quickly to inputs, prevents significant body roll and pushes harder thru corners. The 2015 BMW X6 definitely is not our preferred track car, but it is surprisingly fun to drive.

BMWBLOG Review: 2015 BMW X6

BMWBLOG Review: 2015 BMW X6

BMWBLOG Review: 2015 BMW X6

BMWBLOG Review: 2015 BMW X6

BMWBLOG Review: 2015 BMW X6

BMWBLOG Review: 2015 BMW X6

BMWBLOG Review: 2015 BMW X6

BMWBLOG Review: 2015 BMW X6

BMWBLOG Review: 2015 BMW X6

BMWBLOG Review: 2015 BMW X6

BMWBLOG Review: 2015 BMW X6

BMWBLOG Review: 2015 BMW X6

BMWBLOG Review: 2015 BMW X6

BMWBLOG Review: 2015 BMW X6

BMWBLOG Review: 2015 BMW X6

BMWBLOG Review: 2015 BMW X6

BMWBLOG Review: 2015 BMW X6

We ended the long day with some drifting on the wet skid pad, same spot where we had some fun before with the M3 or M5. DSC OFF and we let ourselves spin out of control, with occasional decent drifts. Not a bad way to have some fun while testing the car.   SHOULD I BUY ONE? For the U.S. market, BMW will offer the X6 with the sDrive35i(rear-wheel drive), xDrive35i and xDrive50i configuration. The 2015 BMW X6 sDrive35i and X6 xDrive35i will start at $60,550 for the RWD X6 sDrive35i and $62,850 for the AWD X6 xDrive35i, the AWD X6 xDrive50i will command $73,850 (prices include destination). In Germany, the entry model is the BMW X6 xDrive30d (65,650 euros) while the high-end xDrive50i will cost you 82,500 euros.

BMWBLOG Review: 2015 BMW X6

For now, no automaker has a direct competitor to the BMW X6. Mercedes-Benz and Porsche are both working on a competitor,  so direct comparisons will come later. The decision whether to buy an X6 will rely upon your needs and driving characteristics. The sporty and luxurious SAC certainly stands out among the BMW crowd and it can be a great hauler of people and things. If you’re looking for more comfort and space, then the X5 comes to mind. If money is an issue, then the next best thing as a BMW SAC is the X4, another great, but smaller all-wheel drive. But if none of those apply to you, then the new 2015 BMW X6 is worth a look, if not more.   The article BMWBLOG Review: 2015 BMW X6 appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Highway Guardrail Manufacturer Found Liable for Dangerous Redesign

Trinity Industries design changes made highway barriers more dangerous. ...

Trinity Industries design changes made highway barriers more dangerous.

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Finalists for ‘Green Car of the Year’ Announced

The 2014 “Green Car of the Year” finalists have been announced ahead of the L.A. Auto Show and the BMW i3 is among the final candidates. The other finalists are the Audi A3 TDI, Chevrolet Impala Bi-Fuel, Honda Fit hatchback and Volkswagen...

The 2014 “Green Car of the Year” finalists have been announced ahead of the L.A. Auto Show and the BMW i3 is among the final candidates. The other finalists are the Audi A3 TDI, Chevrolet Impala Bi-Fuel, Honda Fit hatchback and Volkswagen Golf. Here is a closer look at the cars: BMW i3

Finalists for ‘Green Car of the Year’ Announced

The i3′s electric drive-train generates output of 125 kW/170 hp and peak torque of 250 Newton meters, which is immediately available from a standing start. The BMW i3 sprints from 0 to 60 km/h in 3.7 seconds and from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.2 seconds. Its top speed is limited to 150 km/h for efficiency reasons. The US EPA says the i3 has a range of 81 miles with a combined MPGe of 124 (138 MPGe City, 111 MPGe Highway). Audi A3 TDI

Finalists for ‘Green Car of the Year’ Announced

Audi’s all-new A3 TDI presents an exciting choice for those looking to go upscale and ‘green,’ appearing for the first time as a stylish four-door sedan featuring the automaker’s new fuel-efficient, 2.0-liter TDI clean diesel power plant with a 150-horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque, driving the front wheels. Chevrolet Impala Bi-Fuel

Finalists for ‘Green Car of the Year’ Announced

The vehicle is available only with a 3.6L hardened engine with hardened valves and valve seats for improved wear resistance and durability with the CNG fuel system. The CNG tank mounted in the trunk has the equivalent capacity of 7.8 gallons of gasoline, which is expected to offer approximately 150 city miles of range on compressed natural gas based on GM testing. Honda Fit

Finalists for ‘Green Car of the Year’ Announced

The fit features a 1.5-liter inline-four which includes direct-injection and increased compression ratio. It’s rated at 130 hp and 114 lb-ft of torque. The EPA rating the Fit LX with CVT at 33/41 mpg city/highway. Volkswagen Golf Under the hood of the latest Golf,  VW placed a 1.8 liter inline-four engine producing 170 hp and 200 lb-ft of torque.  The Golf now achieves 26 miles per gallon city and 37 mpg highway. The article Finalists for ‘Green Car of the Year’ Announced appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Alpine White BMW E46 330Ci Tuning Build

With a list of mods so long, this Alpine White BMW E46 330Ci done by European Auto Source is certainly one of the most perfect thing projects we’ve ever seen. Everything fits and works the way they should, and the car is completely redefined by...

With a list of mods so long, this Alpine White BMW E46 330Ci done by European Auto Source is certainly one of the most perfect thing projects we’ve ever seen. Everything fits and works the way they should, and the car is completely redefined by these updates in every way. Plus, you get a chance to take a look at a clean BMW E46 3 Series, one of fan’s favorite 3 Series. On the exterior, you will find an extensive list of mods: BMW Performance gloss black kidney grilles, Challenge carbon fiber toof, custom OEM M3 fenders with grill delete, side markers added, inner lip flattened, custom OEM Mtech 2 front bumper with molded CS splitters and reflector delete, OEM BMW euro blind-spot glass OEM CSL rails, OEM M3 mirrors, OEM M3 side skirts, OEM Mtech 2 rear bumper, Vorsteiner CSL trunk – DVWP, Vorsteiner VRS vented hood – double-sided with silver CF vents (race version) and Xpel ultimate clear bra – full front with wrapped edges, door cups, roof, mirrors.

Alpine White BMW E46 330Ci Tuning Build

Alpine White BMW E46 330Ci Tuning Build

As far as the small touches are concerned, this BMW E46 330Ci also received some lighting updates. These include custom lighted door handles using OEM E92 LEDs and a set of prototype EAS Aurora Angel Eyes as well. Additionally, you will notice the F1 Autohaus prototype LED Corners/Reverse Lights and LED interior kit. The car now comes with HID Fogs Lights – 6000k and OEM E92 LED License Plate Lights, together with Osram CBI bulbs added to it.

Alpine White BMW E46 330Ci Tuning Build

Furthermore, the car got receives new shoes, an Apex ARC-8 wheel set with sizes of 18×9.5 front and rear and paired with Michelin PSS Tires sized 255/35/18 in both the front and the rear. A Macht Schnell stud kit (75mm) together with OEM BMW updated center caps and a chrome ring was added with Vorshlag 5mm wheel spacers in the front.

Alpine White BMW E46 330Ci Tuning Build

The car is nicely lowered and its cornering performance improved thanks to a set of AST 4100 Bampers, a set of Bimmerworld front adjustable endlinks, Hyperco Springs 550F & 650R, Mason Engineering front racing strut bar, an OEM BMW front strut reinforcement plates, Rogue Engineering RSMs, Turner Motorsport adjustable camber arms and sway bar Kit with rear adjustable endlinks, wrapped up with Vorshlag camber plates. You will notice how well the car is lowered and the gorgeous look that the suspension modds provide for the vehicle as well.

Alpine White BMW E46 330Ci Tuning Build

Transmission was also updated with the Rogue Engineering Octane short shift kit, Rogue Engineering stainless steel clutch line and Redline fluid upgrade. It provides faster shift times and a more performance feel to the gear changes, driving style and overall performance of the vehicle. Final touches on this build were done to the interior. These include a tint job with a 35% 3M Crystalline tint all around, a Pedal Haus clutch stop and Pedal Haus aluminum pedal set, the custom AUX Input/Jack and EAS Silver carbon fiber interior trim together with EAS silver carbon fiber tool box. The interior changes further include the OEM M3 black non-sunroof headliner, OEM ZHP perforated leather steering wheel with yellow center line and finally an OEM ZHP shift knob. Take the time to look through the media gallery of this extensive build right below.

Alpine White BMW E46 330Ci Tuning Build

Alpine White BMW E46 330Ci Tuning Build

Alpine White BMW E46 330Ci Tuning Build

Alpine White BMW E46 330Ci Tuning Build

Alpine White BMW E46 330Ci Tuning Build

Alpine White BMW E46 330Ci Tuning Build

Alpine White BMW E46 330Ci Tuning Build

Alpine White BMW E46 330Ci Tuning Build

Alpine White BMW E46 330Ci Tuning Build

Alpine White BMW E46 330Ci Tuning Build

Alpine White BMW E46 330Ci Tuning Build

Alpine White BMW E46 330Ci Tuning Build

Alpine White BMW E46 330Ci Tuning Build

Alpine White BMW E46 330Ci Tuning Build

The article Alpine White BMW E46 330Ci Tuning Build appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW 2 Series Gran Turismo – Rendering & Info

The latest edition of the German magazine AutoBild features some renderings of a BMW 2 Series Gran Turismo. Initially thought to be the 2 Series GT, the Active Tourer turned out to be BMW’s first foray into the front-wheel drive segment. But no...

The latest edition of the German magazine AutoBild features some renderings of a BMW 2 Series Gran Turismo. Initially thought to be the 2 Series GT, the Active Tourer turned out to be BMW’s first foray into the front-wheel drive segment. But now, BMW is rumored to actually look at building a proper 2 Series Gran Turismo, following the steps of the 5 Series GT and more recently the 3 Gran Turismo. The 2 GT is said to have a sleek design with a coupe roof and the recent BMW design language which includes angular shapes and slimmer headlights. Just like the larger GT models, the driving position is likely to be raised to provide better view of the road and a more commending stance.

BMW 2 Series Gran Turismo   Rendering & Info

Just like the Active Tourer, the 2 Series Gran Turismo would run on the UKL front-wheel drive platform which allows for increased cabin space and the inclusion of highly efficient three and four-cylinder engines. It is unclear if BMW has green lighted the car yet, but the AutoBild renderings point to the fact that at least conversations within BMW are taking place. It also remains unknown if BMW is committed to bring a 2 Series Gran Coupe to market as well, a rear-wheel drive vehicle built upon the 2 Series Coupe family. The article BMW 2 Series Gran Turismo – Rendering & Info appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW 2 Series GT Preview

Preview of the BMW 2 Series Gran Turismo (2 Series GT). From Scott26: The 2er GT is the next logical step and previews the potential for the 2er GT as well as an exclusive look for the new Gran Turismo models of the 5er and the 3er, which will be m...

Preview of the BMW 2 Series Gran Turismo (2 Series GT). From Scott26: The 2er GT is the next logical step and previews the potential for the 2er GT as well as an exclusive look for the new Gran Turismo models of the 5er and the 3er, which will be more sleeker than today’s models but still maintain the current GT’s attributes. The more angular appearance forgoes today’s more rounded look for a more cohesive coupe look. Body sculpture will be angular and chiseled to provide a modern and fresh look with exceptional stand out details. Current GT traits remains such as the 5er with its first class cabin and semi-command seating position. The car has a slight increase due to being accommodated on the 5er Li model from China. This allows for a more sleeker rear end. The rear lights will be placed higher and they are more stretched across the rear but reduced in height , a trait of upcoming BMW models. The 5er GT will be shown as a new Concept car and will demonstrate one of the benefits of the BMW and Toyota relationship. A new Fuel Cell, for increased Efficiency.

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2016 BMW M2 – New Renderings Of The New “Baby-M”

As we get closer to the unveil of the 2016 BMW M2 – which is still a year away – new renderings and information surface around the new “baby-M,” a term coined when the 1 Series M Coupe came to market. The renderings come court...

As we get closer to the unveil of the 2016 BMW M2 – which is still a year away – new renderings and information surface around the new “baby-M,” a term coined when the 1 Series M Coupe came to market. The renderings come courtesy of Autocar UK and follow the lines of the recently spotted M2 test mules and a bit of design common sense. To differentiate itself from the M235i Coupe, the F87 M2 will sport uniquely styled front and rear bumpers, front wings, sills, boot lid and standard 19-inch M wheels.

2016 BMW M2   New Renderings Of The New Baby M

The overall weight plans ask for a limited of 1530 kg, lighter than the current M235i. It features a carbon fiber strut brace within the engine bay (as seen on the M3/M4) and composite plastic panels.

2016 BMW M2   New Renderings Of The New Baby M

Under the hood, just as we reported, it will not sport the inline-six turbo from the new M3 and M4 – even detuned – but rather an updated version of the N55 TwinPower 3.0 liter engine (N55B30T0) with 370 horsepower. The M2 prototype runs with both a manual and automatic transmission so we expect both options to be available in the production series. The power output suggests a 0 to 62 mph time of 4.4 seconds with the DCT, 0.5 seconds faster than the 1M Coupe. And that’s not all. The shocker really comes from the statement that BMW is looking into an xDrive version of the M2 Coupe in selected markets. And if that wasn’t enough, an M2 Convertible will also be launched in 2016. Production of the BMW M2 begins in November 2015. The article 2016 BMW M2 – New Renderings Of The New “Baby-M” appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Rumor: BMW to Retain RWD for the Next Generation 2 Series

We’ve heard for months now that the BMW board has yet to decide on the future of small RWD BMWs. The issue of course… The post Rumor: BMW to Retain RWD for the Next Generation 2 Series… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my we...

We’ve heard for months now that the BMW board has yet to decide on the future of small RWD BMWs. The issue of course… The post Rumor: BMW to Retain RWD for the Next Generation 2 Series… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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Report: Hyundai to Use Excess Kia Factory Capacity to Build Crossovers

Kia facilities will build more Hyundai crossovers. ...

Kia facilities will build more Hyundai crossovers.

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2015 Nissan Pathfinder Pricing Rises Slightly to $30,395

More goodies in the higher trim levels. ...

More goodies in the higher trim levels.

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