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Presented at the BMW World Malaysia 2015 media preview was the F16 BMW X6 – the second-generation low-slung SUV is making its Malaysian debut at the show in xDrive35i guise, equipped with the M Sport pack.

First things first – the new X6 retails at RM718,800 on-the-road without insurance, inclusive of 6% GST, a two-year/unlimited-mileage warranty and a three-year/60,000 km BMW Service + Repair Inclusive package. This is RM20k more expensive than the previous E71 LCI, but the new car comes with more kit as standard.

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The F16’s looks are pretty much an evolution of its predecessor, with the new car gaining the current BMW front face, Air Breather vents aft of the front wheels and large rear haunches from the smaller X4. The interior looks nigh-on identical to the X5‘s, save for front knee pads on either side of the transmission tunnel.

As mentioned before, our cars receive the M Sport kit with more aggressive bumpers, deeper side skirts and 20-inch M light alloy wheels shod with 275/40 tyres at the front and 315/35 rubber at the rear. There’s also an M Sport multi-function leather steering wheel with shift paddles, M door sills and adaptive M suspension with rear air suspension.

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Standard kit includes adaptive LED headlights with high-beam assistance, LED fog lights, keyless entry and start, a head-up display, surround-view camera, four-zone auto air-con, powered sports seats (with driver’s side memory) upholstered in Dakota leather, a powered tailgate, a panoramic glass sunroof, rear sun blinds, a BMW Professional navigation system and a 16-speaker 600 W Harmon Kardon surround sound system.

Powering the F16 X6 is BMW’s 3.0 litre TwinPower Turbo straight-six, producing 306 PS from 5,800-6,400 rpm and 400 Nm from 1,200-5,000 rpm. Mated to an eight-speed Steptronic Sport automatic transmission, it goes from 0-100 km/h in 6.4 seconds before reaching a top speed of 240 km/h. Fuel consumption is rated at 8.6 litres per 100 km and it emits 200 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre.