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SA-bound BMW X6 debut in Moscow

2014-06-20 10:31

THOMAS GEIGER

MUNICH, Germany - The second-generation of BMW's odd-shaped X6 sport utility vehicle is to be launched at the 2014 Moscow auto show (Aug 27 -  Sept 7) and reach German showrooms in December.

The coupe-like X6 silhouette remains largely the same but with bolder detailing front and rear. The car is also slightly larger than its predecessor and BMW has lined up three new engines for the car, one petrol, two diesel.

IMAGE GALLERY: 2014 BMW X6

The diesels are an in-line six and a turbocharged V8 but each is mated only to an eight-speed auto gearbox.

BMW says the chassis has been "redeveloped" for "more-spirited performance, with reduced fuel consumption owing to weight-saving".

Enhanced equipment on the standard models includes xenon headlights, 19" alloy rims, leather seats and a remote-controlled tail hatch.

BMW says the line-up will consist of the latest-gen V8 units pushing out 330kW for the xDrive50i, a 190kW six-cylinder xDrive30d and another straight-six diesel with three turbochargers and 280kW in the X6 M50d. Fuel consumption combined is rated at 6.0 to 9.7 litres/100 km; CO2 emissions combined 157-22g/km across the three models.

Prices are up by the equivalent of R43 860 to R959 803 for the entry version. The current entry version X6 xDrive35i in South Africa sells for R870 500.

The new X6 will arrive in South Africa in February 2015.
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