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2015 BMW X6 Walk Around

Highly sculptured lines and dramatic creases give the 2015 X6 a bolder look over its predecessor. The signature BMW twin kidney grille, headlight assemblies and hood are shared with the X5, which was redesigned last year. The front end is more upright compared with its predecessor, creating an almost shark-nose profile. Headlights are now connected to the front grille. Round, third-eye LED foglights sit below near the outside corners. Like all BMW X vehicles, the front bumper and lower air intakes create an X shape.

From the side, the 2015 X6's more upright proportions are evident, with its long hood, short overhangs and low roofline. Defined lines give the X6 a multi-dimensional quality. The side air breather, the vertical air outlet behind the front fender, channels air from the wheels down the side of the car for improved aerodynamics. A deep, sculpted rising character line arches from below the rear door handle and seamlessly into the wraparound taillights. A variety of 19- and 20-inch wheels are available, depending on the model.

In the rear, the X6 is high and wide, with broad shoulders and a high trunk. Broad wraparound LED taillights create BMW's signature L-shape. Horizontal trim pieces in the rear bumper help to break up the X6's height. Dual, integrated exhaust tips are round on base 35i models, and rhomboid-shaped on the V8-powered 50i.

Interior

The cabin of the 2015 X6 is tasteful and modern, with many improvements in materials and finishes compared with the outgoing model. Soft-touch surfaces abound and the few plastics that are to be found are solid and tastefully finished. A variety of finishes and trims on the instrument panel creates dimension, without looking too busy (a pitfall to which some BMW vehicles fall victim).

Like all BMW X vehicles, the X6 has a high seating position that gives drivers and passengers a commanding view. Leather upholstery is standard, and seats are comfortable and have a wide range of adjustability. Sport seats with the M Sport package have extra bolstering for better support around corners.

As with all BMW's, the cockpit is driver-oriented, with all controls within easy reach, from the center stack and standard iDrive console to the multiple buttons on the thick steering wheel. A new digital instrument cluster display comes standard on all models, and changes color scheme depending on mode, blue for eco-plus and red for sport.

Navigation and BMW's widescreen freestanding color display come standard, as well as BMW Apps and BMW Online, which allow users to access a variety of applications and real-time information via their compatible iPhone or Android-powered smartphones. A touchpad surface on top of the iDrive rotary knob makes it easier to enter information by drawing letters and numbers, instead of scrolling through what sometimes seems an endless screen of characters.

In addition to the entertainment and information options, the BMW X6 can be equipped with a front-view camera, which is helpful during off-roading to make sure no obstacles are in the way; though we doubt many owners will use the car for traipsing up rocky inclines. The center screen can display the vehicle's angle and pitch.

Our test car was a loaded X6 xDrive50i with the M Sport package and upgraded Bang and Olufson stereo system. The audio sounded superb, but you'll pay $4,500 for that aural pleasure (or $3,700 if you add the Executive Package). A less expensive Harman Kardon system is available for those who want to upgrade from the base stereo.

Front-seat passengers have plenty of space, and have easy access to two cupholders on the center console, as well as deeper door pockets, which can hold 1.5 liter bottles.

Because of the X6's low roofline, rear seat passengers have less space than in an X5, though headroom is increased in the new model by about a half inch, and legroom increases by two inches. Kids and average-sized adults will be comfortable, but those around the six-foot mark might feel cramped.

Rearward visibility is restricted due to the X6's small, low back window. But parking sensors, which come standard, help, and we recommend the optional top-view camera to help avoid hitting something during low-speed maneuvering.

Cargo space is where the previous X6 has always fallen short compared to traditional SUVs, and the second-generation X6 is no exception. In fact, the 2015 X6 loses a substantial amount of cargo space compared with the outgoing model, down to 20.5 cubic feet from the first generation's 25.6 cubic feet (with the rear seats in place). However, a new 40/20/40 folding rear seat allows for slightly more flexibility in arranging people and things. Also, an automatic tailgate is now standard on all models, and a handsfree feature is optional. Because of the X6's high rear end, the load floor sits very high, meaning you have to lift cargo higher to get it in.

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