Today, BMW previews the updates coming for the 2013 model year X6, which will arrive at dealers later this year.
The styling updates throughout the range are quite subtle and include a new set of headlamps, more pronounced kidney grilles with bars that are angled in the lower section, repositioned fog lamps set in matt finish surrounds. There are also new rear lights with LED technology.
As an alternative to the standard bi-xenon light, the new BMW X6 is the first vehicle in its segment to be fitted optionally with adaptive LED headlamps.
Additionally the X6 in Germany now gets a M Sport Edition (which the U.S. still misses out on). The package includes 20-inch M light alloy wheels in double spoke design and bi-colour finish with mixed tyres, adaptive LED headlamps, BMW Individual high-gloss Shadow Line, black surrounds for the fog lights and M door sill cover strips.
Inside the M Sport Package comes with the sports seats with electrical adjustment and memory function, M-specific Alcantara/Nappa leather combination in black with M-style welt and contrast stitching, M leather steering wheel with shift paddles, M driver footrest, stainless steel pedals, interior strips in Aluminium Flywheel black and the BMW Individual roof liner in anthracite.
The V8 engine of the BMW X6 xDrive50i delivers 300 kW/407 bhp, while in the BMW X6 xDrive35i an in-line 6-cylinder petrol engine with 225 kW/306 bhp ensures supreme athletic performance.
The in-line 6-cylinder diesel engines of the models BMW X6 xDrive40d and BMW X6 xDrive30d mobilise 225 kW/306 bhp and 180 kW/245 bhp respectively.
M Performance Package (engines) – U.S. available
As an additional option, the M Performance Package is available. It includes an engine upgrade of +15hp and +30 lb-ft of torque on the X6 xDrive35i giving it 315 hp and 330 lb-ft. The increase is +40 hp +30 lb-ft of torque on the X6 xDrive50i for total peak output of 440 hp and 480 lb-ft.
BMW X6 M50d
Surprise, surprise – together with this 2013 facelift, the German automaker unveiled the much anticipated X6 M50d.
The model is equipped with the newly developed tri-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder in-line diesel engine, which outputs 381 HP (280 kW / 375 bhp) at 4,000 – 4,400 rpm.
Thanks to the three-turbos working in concert, throttle response is instantaneous. Its maximum torque is 740 Newton metres.
With an acceleration rate of 5.3 seconds for the sprint from zero to 100 km/h, the BMW X6 M50d even outdoes 8-cylinder models, while its average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle is still only 7.7 litres per 100 kilometres.
Performace: Acceleration [0 – 100 km/h (62 mph)]: 5.3 seconds, top speed: 250 km/h (155 mph), average fuel consumption: 7.7 litres/100 kilometres (36.7 mpg imp), CO2 emissions: 204 g/km, exhaust standard: EU5.
Since it’s release three years ago the BMW X6 has sold 150,000 models worldwide, with 20,000 units in the U.S. alone. It is the SUV for a younger, more affluent driver who wants the ability to move about at will and go wherever life takes them, while traveling in a comfortable, appealing conveyance.