Discover design and driving dynamics of the BMW X6.
The intelligent BMW xDrive 4-wheel drive system adapts to even the most challenging road surface conditions, always offering outstanding traction. With xDrive and Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), the BMW X6 remains directionally stable and on track. Split-second response times allow xDrive to distribute drive power flexibly between the two axles for optimum grip. In this way, xDrive combines the advantages of all-wheel drive – traction, directional stability and safety – with classic BMW agility.
A clear message even in difficult situations: With xDrive Status, drivers always see the big picture. The driver can access data relevant for off-road driving via the instrument cluster and the central Control Display. In addition to an easily readable compass (only in conjunction with Navigation System Professional), it also shows the car's angle of inclination and cross slope, both in degrees and visually in a 3D display.
The ultimate in driving comfort with characteristic BMW driving dynamics: The adaptive suspension package ‘Comfort’ allows the suspension and damper settings to be individually adjusted at any time.
The main components of the adaptive suspension package ‘Comfort’ are Dynamic Damper Control and air suspension for the rear axle. The standard setting is designed for excellent driving and damping comfort, and can be individually adjusted using the Driving Experience Control. It changes the damper characteristics via Dynamic Damper Control. The air suspension for the rear axle is included in the equipment package and guaranties a consistently high level of driving comfort, no matter what is being transported.
When more dynamic suspension settings are desired, Sport mode and Sport+ mode are available via the Driving Experience Control. They make the damper settings firmer, which causes the car to steer more responsively, and to have sportier handling characteristics in general.
State-of-the-art driving dynamics: The adaptive suspension package ‘Dynamic’ allows drivers to achieve the full driving dynamics of the vehicle. Encompassing both Dynamic Performance Control and Dynamic Drive, this package is guaranteed to deliver driving dynamics that are intrinsically sporty, while maintaining superior driving comfort, as evidenced by the extremely neutral steering response and minimal body roll in bends.
The Dynamic Performance Control smoothly distributes the drive power on the rear axle between the wheels on the left and on the right. In bends, for example, the torque is increased specifically on the wheels outside of the curve for powerful traction. The result – maximum dynamics and optimal stability. At the same time, Dynamic Drive ensures that rolling motion is reduced to a barely noticeable level, thanks to active stabilisers on the front and rear axles.
In the BMW X6 M50d, the adaptive suspension package ‘Dynamic’ expresses an even sportier note.
The best of both worlds: The adaptive suspension package ‘Professional’ combines the components of both the adaptive suspension packages ‘Comfort’ and ‘Dynamic’, thereby providing the ultimate in driving comfort while maximising driving dynamics. The vehicle's suspension settings can be individually adjusted at any time using the Driving Experience Control.
Numerous innovative technologies are available to support extremely dynamic driving. Dynamic Performance Control, for example, distributes drive power continuously between the left and right wheel on the rear axle. For example, when driving around a bend, the torque applied to the wheel on the outside of the curve (which has better traction) would be increased. The result: maximum dynamics and optimum stability. Meanwhile, Dynamic Drive reduces body roll to a nearly imperceptible minimum with stabilizers on the front and rear axles.
This minimised body roll is particularly desirable when the driver wants more comfort-oriented characteristics, because the less lateral body motion present, the more relaxed the drive. On uneven roads, the damper characteristics can be further adjusted with Dynamic Damper Control for even greater driving comfort. The air suspension for the rear axle is included in the equipment package and guaranties a constant high level of driving comfort, no matter what is being transported.
Adaptive M suspension
Increased driving dynamics: adaptive M suspension extracts even more driving dynamics potential from the BMW X6. The Dynamic Damper Control and air cushioning on the rear axle are tuned to deliver exceptionally sporty driving characteristics.
The Sport and Sport+ modes are available in the Driving Experience Control. They provide the vehicle with highly dynamic handling, as well as a tighter shock absorber setting. In addition, the vehicle responds even more directly to steering wheel and accelerator pedal. In the Sport+ mode, the Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) is also activated, which allows for an ambitious, dynamic drive and controlled drifting. In the BMW X6 M50d, all modes feature an even sportier basic configuration.
For a relaxed drive over long stretches, the Comfort mode can be selected.
The new dimension of steering comfort − the Active Steering offers precision, agility and comfort in every driving situation.
At low speeds – such as while urban driving, parking or driving round sharp bends – Active Steering increases the steering angle. The driver can precisely manoeuvre the vehicle with just a slight turn of the wheel, instead of having to steer arduously. This noticeably improves the agility of the BMW X6 and makes parking easier.
For greater control in the upper speed range (from approx. 120 to 140 km/h, depending on the model and calibration), Active Steering has a more indirect effect on the steering. As a result, the Active Steering reduces the degree to which the wheels are turned. The advantage: By being able to use larger turns of the steering wheel, the driver can control the wheels more accurately, resulting in increased stability and comfort.
Active Steering also intervenes to support the driver in the event of critical situations such as oversteer or braking on different road surfaces by dampening the yaw movements, for example, with lightning fast reaction time.
Because the Active Steering is a supplementary system with a hydraulic basis and does not disturb the direct connection between the driver and the wheels, the manoeuvrability of the BMW X6 remains fully preserved even if the system breaks down. When the safety circuit in the adjustment mechanism detects any errors, a pin immediately blocks the Active Steering and returns control to the driver.