BMW has been keeping busy refreshing its lineup, first with the 3 and 5 Series, and now it’s the X6’s turn. But the new 2013 X6 "Sport Activity Coupe" receives only minor updates compared to its all-new counterparts.
For starters, the X6 receives minor touch-ups to its front fascia that brings its version of BMW's signature kidney grille more in line with the mugs on the new 3 and 5 Series models. Available adaptive LED headlights now can be had over the standard Xenon units. BMW's familiar twin headlight treatment within the housing also appears on the new X6 and its foglights are now set in matte finish surrounds. Out back, the X6's taillights also receive the LED treatment and are housed in larger enclosures that stretch out to the edges of the vehicle.
An array of exterior paint color choices are available, with two non-metallic and nine metallic colors such as Marrakesh Brown metallic to choose from. A new 19-inch alloy wheel has been added to the mix and comes as standard equipment on the xDrive 50i. While nothing much has changed in the cabin, new leather upholstery options are available if desired and a three-seat bench is available as an option.
As before, the 2013 X6 is available with BMW's tried and true 300-hp 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged inline six and 400-hp 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8. Check off the M Performance package option and the 3.0-liter gets bumped up to 315 hp and 330 lb-ft while the 4.4-liter is boosted to 440-hp and 480 lb-ft.
Cosmetic upgrades for the M Performance Package include black chrome exhaust tips, stainless steel pedals, 20-inch wheels, and a Carbon Black metallic paint option. All engines are mated to eight-speed automatic gearboxes. The X6 M carries on largely unchanged for 2013, with its 555-horsepower V-8 and six-speed automatic transmission.
BMW says it has sold more than 150,000 X6s worldwide since its launch three years ago, with 20,000 of those in the States -- not bad for such a polarizing vehicle. Expect to see the 2013 X6 in showrooms this spring.