2015 BMW X6 official: Tech turned up

BMW has taken the wraps off the 2015 X6, its second-generation "sports activity coupe", boosting power, improving efficiency, and making the design a little meatier than the outgoing car. Offering a choice of rear-wheel or all-wheel-drive, along with a standard 8-speed Steptronic transmission, BMW ConnectedDrive infotainment, and 19-inch light-alloy wheels, the new X6 also comes in M50d M Sport form, though initially only for Europe.

In the US, there'll be three models at launch. Entry-level – and offering rear-wheel-drive for the first time on the X6 – will be the X6 sDrive35i, with the company's 300 HP TwinPower Turbo inline six engine. The X6 xDrive35i and X6 xDrive50i both have AWD, as well as the 445 HP TwinPower Turbo 4.4-liter V8.

As for Europe, the line-up is a little different, with a selection of diesels on the list. Interestingly, the X6 M50d is actually down on power compared to the xDrive50i, mustering 381 HP from its straight six, triple-turbo diesel.

BMW isn't saying final economy figures, but is promising an up to 22-percent reduction in fuel consumption.

The Dynamic adaptive suspension package is an option, while the Comfort adaptive suspension package adds air suspension at the rear. 20-inch wheels are options too.

Inside, there's optional navigation, Bang & Olufsen audio kit, and a redesigned rear-seat entertainment package. BMW's tech list is lengthy, too, with boxes to tick for a head-up display, parking-assist, surround vision, and night vision, among other things.

The BMW X6 will hit US forecourts this fall, with pricing to be announced closer to launch.