The BMW X6 is undergoing a redesign, and our spy photographers have captured testing the crossover at the Nurburgring race track. The X6 gets a mid-cycle refresh, but goes beyond the usual front and rear styling changes. The crossover will also receive a revamped interior.
New photos show the low-swooping crossover wearing a full-body camouflage wrap. However, we expect BMW to keep most of the styling changes relegated to the fascia. At the front, BMW has streamlined the headlights and redesigned the interior. The camo and the extensive cladding along the front bumper suggest that it will get a new design as well.
BMW changed the bumper and taillights of the crossover at the rear, but there were no significant changes. That’s found inside, where BMW will mount a dual-screen dashboard display with the brand’s latest iDrive 8 software. The new look will also coincide with BMW revamping the center console with a fresh design that should see the X6 accept BMW’s new rocker gear selector control.
There are no hints that BMW is going to have a major operation on the X6 powertrain lineup yet. The current engine plant should be carried unchanged, although there is always the possibility that BMW will make some adjustments that improve fuel economy or output by a few percentage points.
We expect BMW to launch the regular X6 before introducing the hotter X6 M, which we’ve already tested. The crossover’s 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 will power the new X6 M, pumping out 617 horsepower (454 kilowatts) in the current Competition configuration and reaching 60 mph (96 kph) in 3.7 seconds.
BMW hasn’t set a date for the X6’s big reveal yet, but the company could showcase it alongside the redesigned X5. If that happens, we could see a renewed X6 cover break before the end of the year. Otherwise, we expect the X5 to debut before BMW removes the X6’s cover. The hotter X6 M should arrive last. There are rumors that BMW will start production of the new X6 starting early next year. It will arrive in the US in mid-2023.