When you sacrifice practicality for style, you usually get a model like the X6. This mid-size crossover is pretty big, it looks good and it drives great. However, it isn’t particularly practical. The current generation is still quite fresh, so there are no significant changes for the 2022 BMW X6. Practically, the only major change is that the base X6 40i model is no longer available with rear-wheel drive. Instead, all models come with all-wheel drive now, which also means a higher starting price.
Other than that, things will be pretty much the same as in the 2021 model. This means you may count on an attractive crossover, which offers great ride quality and comes with fantastic engine options. Furthermore, we like its relatively conservative dashboard design, as well as its long list of standard equipment. On the other side, the insufficient amount of rear passenger space and small cargo area are definitely the biggest drawbacks.
2022 BMW X6 Design
Design-wise, the 2022 BMW X6 will continue in the same way. We are talking about the model that has been introduced a few years ago, but also about the nameplate that has been around for a very long time. The overall layout is pretty familiar. This is a typical coupe crossover, with a sloping roof design, which makes it more attractive but less practical than the X5. By the way, the two models share most of the parts, especially when it comes to mechanics. They even share the wheelbase, along with other design solutions.
What we really like about this crossover is the suspension setup. This crossover is fun to drive and offers pretty engaging handling, despite the side. The body roll is minimal, while the steering is perfect. The M model comes with further upgrades that turn this SUV into a real sports car.
We are pretty sure that the 2022 BMW X6 interior won’t change. You may count on the same layout, which has both good and bad things. When it comes to a good thing,s we particularly like the dashboard design and general look of the cabin. It is slightly conservative and it definitely isn’t as flashy as those found in rival models like Mercedes-Benz GLE or Audi Q8. On the other hand, the materials and build quality are excellent.
The front seats are massive and supportive, with plenty of space. On the other hand, the second row may feel a little bit insufficient in terms of headroom, due to the sloping roof design. For the same reason, the cargo area is significantly smaller compared to the X5 model. You may count on about 27.4 cubic feet of cargo space with its rear seats upright and 59.6 cubic feet in total. Most mid-size luxury SUVs offer more.
We don’t expect that most of the things will remain the same as in the 2021 model. This means that base versions should come standard with goodies like a 12.3-inch instrument cluster, 12.3-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation, HD Radio, satellite radio, a 10-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, and five USB ports. Base models also come standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry, push-button start, a hands-free power liftgate, and a panoramic moonroof. Additionally, you can get goodies like wireless device charging, a Wi-Fi hot spot, hand gesture recognition, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon stereo, a 20-speaker Bowers & Wilkins stereo, quad-zone automatic climate control, remote start, and rear sunshades.
When it comes to safety, the current model comes standard with goodies like a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive LED headlights, automatic high-beam headlights, driver drowsiness monitoring, and road sign recognition.
2022 BMW X6 Engines
Under the hood, the base 2022 BMW X6 will continue with a well-known 3.0-liter inline-six, which puts out around 335 horsepower. The engine runs smoothly and offers pretty good driving dynamics. Also, we like the fuel economy, which goes around 21 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.
Thie base six-cylinder is probably the best choice for most drivers but those who look for something peppier also have a choice of a couple of versions equipped with a 4.4-liter V8. The first one is the M50i model, which features a max output of 523 horsepower. Furthermore, there is also the M moel, good for 600 horsepower.
All three engines come in pair with an 8-speed automatic transmission from ZF, one of the best in the business.
2022 BMW X6 Release Date and Price
We expect that the 2022 BMW X6 will the market sometime in the last quarter of the year. Base models should go around 68.000 dollars, due to the fact that RWD models won’t be available anymore. Key competitors are models like Audi Q8, Mercedes-Benz GLE etc.