BMW said Friday that the second generation of its X6 sports activity coupe would hit dealer showrooms late this year, with a rear-wheel drive option for the first time.
The vehicle has been part of the assembly lineup at BMW Manufacturing Co. in Greer since the model was launched in December 2007.
While it has ranked a distant third to the X3 and X5 sports activity vehicles in sales throughout its lifetime — with global sales of about 250,000 units to date — the car “was created as a niche vehicle and has been extremely successful in its appeal to a select crowd,” said Kenn Sparks, spokesman for BMW of North America.
The 2015 model will come with three engine variants. The rear-wheel model will be powered by BMW’s 300 hp sDrive35i twin-turbo inline 6 engine. The all-wheel drive model comes with both the xDrive35i and the xDrive50i with BMW’s updated 445 hp twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8.
The new V8 adds 45 hp and can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds — 0.4 seconds quicker than its predecessor, according to BMW.
BMW said that M Sport enhancements could be ordered for all models of the new X6.
The company said the X6 will be available in six colors, including new variants Cognac and Coral Red.
BMW said pricing will be announced closer to launch.