The third-generation BMW X6 debuted in mid-2019, so the automaker is on track for a mid-cycle refresh of its sloping-roofed crossover. We caught the X6 test vehicle almost a year ago, but it hides interior updates under the same skin as the current model. Now, we have a legitimate first look at the changes happening on the outside, and it doesn’t seem like much.
Camouflage on this snowy prototype is lowered only forward. The grille doesn’t appear to have grown or deformed, but on closer inspection it could be a little wider. There seems to be a bit more space separating the openings, but that could be camouflage doing its job of keeping us guessing. However, the narrower headlights are clearly visible, meaning changes to the fascia are also coming. The camo wrap does a good job of hiding details, but the corner vents can get some angles versus the squared opening of the current X6. The center vent at the bottom can also be changed.
The rest of the car is free of cover, except for the badge between the taillights that hides the crossover’s identity (as if the grille doesn’t show it). There are no changes on the back or sides, so it looks like the refresh will indeed be light. That is, except for the interior.
We don’t have any new photos showing the X6 on the inside, but the image above from last year shows a curved display unit with two digital displays, one for instrumentation and the other a larger center touchscreen. The update will require some design changes to the dashboard, and we also know iDrive8 is coming for the X6, so expect some control adjustments there too.
As for the official reveal, we have conflicting reports that it could happen later this year as the 2023 model or next year for the 2024 model year. Anyway, there’s still time before the next X6 is official.