The one that started it all.

BY Joel Tam

New BMW X6 and X5 m50i make their debut in Singapore.

Often recognised as the one that started the whole Sports Activity Coupe (SAC) movement, BMW's X6 is now in its third generation and looking as distinctive as it first did a decade ago.

The new car is larger by 26 mm in exterior length and by 15 mm in width. It also sits 6 mm lower and has a wider front track of +44 mm. The wheelbase has increased by 42 mm and despite the 'everything-larger' proportions, has a lower centre of gravity. This means it should be more agile and fun to drive.

Of course, no new BMW is complete without the plus-sized front grille. This is flanked by the the new BMW Laserlight headlamps with Selective Beam, which feature blue x-shaped elements that split up the hexagonal light sources within the headlamps.

Two variants were shown at the launch this afternoon. An xDrive40i, powered by BMW's turbocharged 6-cylinder petrol engine pushing out 340 bhp and 450 Nm of torque, and the M50i, which sports a turbocharged V8 (yummy!) petrol engine tuned by M Performance to churn out 530 bhp and a hefty 750 Nm of torque.

The new interior is a sweet mix of sportiness and luxury. The design of the cockpit is crafted with the driver in mind with the dashboard and panels 'embracing' the driver. The xDrive40i will come finished in Vernasca leather upholstery and the M50i gets the BMW Individual full-leather trim Merino.

Prices start at $367,888 for the xDrive40i and $482,888 for the M50i. Both cars are now available for viewing at the Performance Motors and Performance Munich Autos showrooms respectively.

If you're keen on the performance but not into the whole SAC look and packaging, fret not. BMW has also launched the BMW X5 M50i. Powered by the same turbocharged V8 found in the X6, it will sprint from zero to 100 km/h in only 4.3 seconds and is also $20,000 cheaper. Take a closer look at it, at Performance Munich Autos showroom.