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For the 2011 model year the X6 received both a new in-line-6 and 8-speed automatic transmission. The only significant addition to the 2012 BMW X6 is the availability of a split-folding rear seat, enabling three passengers to sit abreast when, of course, said seat isn't folded. This increases the X6 passenger volume by 25 percent, a nod to practicality you won't find elsewhere in the X6 architecture.
When BMW introduced the X6 Sports Activity Vehicle, people immediately either loved it or hated it. But if the vehicle's role in life was in question, its performance and overall curb appeal were not. It features a laundry list of technological features, not least of which is BMW's xDrive all-wheel drive, which not only transfers torque from the front to the rear, but also side-to-side to optimize its capabilities in all directions. The X6 is available as the xDrive35i with a turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine, the xDrive50i with a turbocharged V8 and the ActiveHybrid. Since the X6 effectively blurs vehicle segment lines in its overall quirkiness, its competitors range from traditional premium SUVs like the Porsche Cayenne or even BMW's own X5 to other low-roof crossovers like the Acura ZDX and Infiniti FX50.