The redesigned 2015 BMW X6 shares a platform and much else with the latest X5, a relationship that is evident in the two ‘ute’s shared headlights, twin-kidney grille and hood. The X6 establishes itself as the style-oriented sibling with a dramatic, sleeker taillights, space-robbing roofline and a host of other unique touches, including upswept character lines over the rear wheels.
Other changes include the addition of the front-intake Air Curtains and front-fender Air Breathers already seen on other BMW models. They improve the X6′s aerodynamic efficiency while adding a little visual flair. However, the standout feature is still that roof, which looks like it’s endured an impact with a falling piano.
Under the skin, the X6 once again shares its chassis and powertrain options with the X5. The entry-level model is the sDrive35i, which is a rear-driver a first for the X6 powered by a 300-hp, 300-lb-ft, single-turbo 3.0-liter inline-six. This engine also is available with xDrive all-wheel drive.
The oligarch’s choice is for now the X6 xDrive50i, with its 4.4-liter, twin-turbo V-8 good for 445 horsepower and 480 lb-ft. BMW claims the six-cylinder models will hit 60 mph in 6.0 seconds, with the V-8 said to do the deed in 4.8…