BMW brought out the X6 in the second half of 2008, and with a few years of experience in the market, the SUV is now ready for a minor facelift to keep it refreshingly attractive. And when we say minor, we really do mean minor, because you need to look very close to see the changes in this facelift.

The facelift starts off with redesigned fog lights, headlights, and taillamps with a new adaptive LED option, and moves on to newly designed bars, new paint finishes, light alloy wheels, and leather trim. And that’s pretty much it.

The US market will get its usual xDrive50i powered by a 4.4-liter 400 hp TwinPower Turbo V8 and the X6 xDrive35i with a 300 HP TwinPower Turbo inline-6. However, for the first time, the BMW X6 will be able to be ordered with an M-Performance package that adds a few ponies and a meaner look.

On the US market, the new BMW X6 will go on sale in the spring of 2012.

UPDATE 06/26/2012: BMW has unveiled a pretty cool video for their new X6 SUV. The new model comes with selective modifications in design and innovative equipment features.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 BMW X6.

  • 2013 BMW X6
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Exterior and Interior

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The BMW X6 turned out to be a little more successful than BMW expected, so throughout the years, there were little reason to change anything about it. Just a few tweaks were done here and there to offer a fresher look and keep up with the ever-changing market. The new "facelift" X6 still maintains many of the features that made it successful originally, but changes had to be made to keep it fresh in everyone;s memory. It has received redesigned foglights - they now feature matte finish surrounds in the upper area of the outer air inlets and are positioned higher and more lateral to emphasize the width of the vehicle. The changes continue with a striking three-dimensional modeling of the frame and newly designed bars, and headlamps that can now be ordered with adaptive LED lighting. The rear gets newly designed taillights with LED technology and a more powerfully shaped rear.

The new X6 can be ordered in two non-metallic and nine metallic colors, including Marrakesh Brown metallic, Orion Silver metallic, and Midnight Blue metallic. BMW is also offering new 19-inch light alloy wheels as standard for the X6 xDrive50i.

For the interior, the standard Nevada leather upholstery is now available in Vermilion Red, but customers can also opt for a new Nappa Leather upholstery in Ivory White.


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The US market will get its typical X6 variants: the X6 xDrive50i and the X6 xDrive35i. The xDrive50i is powered by a 4.4-liter, 32-valve V-8 engine with TwinPower Turbo technology that delivers a total of 400 HP. The xDrive35i gets a 3.0-liter, 6-cylinder engine with TwinPower Turbo technology that delivers 300 HP. Both are mated to BMW’s 8-speed automatic transmission.

New, Optional M Performance Package

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Along with the minor changes associated with the facelift X6, BMW has also decided to offer it with the popular M Performance Package. This package adds an extra 15 HP and 30 lb-ft of torque on the X6 xDrive35i and 40 HP and 30 lb-ft of torque on the X6 xDrive50i. In terms of exterior upgrades, it brings in 20" light alloy wheels, black chrome exhaust tips, stainless steel pedals, an M foot rest and door sills, shadowline exterior trim, anthracite headliner, and optional Carbon Black metallic paint.


The new BMW X6 will go on sale in the spring of 2012. Prices will be announced at a later date.


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Until Audi and Mercedes finally unveil their competitors for the X6, the only ones left on the market are the Porsche Cayenne and the Range Rover Sport. The Cayenne is also offered in both V6 and V8 versions, but the X6 is more powerful than both when equipped with the M Performance Package. The Cayenne V6 delivers 290 HP and the Cayenne V8 delivers 405 HP. The Range Rover Sport only gets a V8 engine with 390 HP - again the X6 with M Performance Package still comes out on top.

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  (434) posted on 05.14.2012

With a practical person, X6’s normal package is enough; the M package has these functional features, but are not really necessary.

  (427) posted on 04.19.2012

Almost everyone wants the optional package, so I hope BMW would re-launch this with that already equipped with.

  (306) posted on 03.28.2012

The optional package is a bit inconvenient. I wish they’d make it pre-installed.

  (530) posted on 03.6.2012

This looks best in metallic rust color. However, this vehicle, is already in disadvantage having its pros and cons. The two engine option is actually okay, but the M package isn’t installed on mandatory.

  (594) posted on 02.10.2012

This BMW seems to be smaller than the standard size. However, It looks stylish with its stunning exterior detailing. The performance of the 2013 generation of BMW X6 is pretty impressive.

  (517) posted on 02.7.2012

This BMW looks an earlier model at all times. This doesn’t looks impressive for me. But good thing about this model is that it features two engine options and it’s not quite bad for this car on the speed performance.

  (776) posted on 02.1.2012

The facelift is not needed for me if I were to ask. As of now the BMW X6 has the good view in their bumper and hood. The interior has a lot of space. More stuff can be put. It’s a great car to have. 

  (714) posted on 01.27.2012

Do they still need to have a facelift? It’s the best on the latest. Anyway, this changing world is easily influenced by the fast-paced tradition and culture so go for them. Hey, the BMW X6 has its full capacity.

  (714) posted on 01.27.2012

BMW X6 looks like the earlier series of the same model but it is more advanced and luxurious. It doesn’t catch my attention when I first saw this BMW.

  (599) posted on 12.29.2011

It seems a versatile car, and the wheels of it looks so good and cool. I’m curious about its other speculation, well I’ll better wait for another updated article about it.

  (528) posted on 11.20.2011

The engine specification of this BMW X6 is really so striking on it, which truly give an idea to every car lover that it is fun to drive with. Anyway, I also can’t wait for the minor changes that they do on this vehicle.

  (197) posted on 11.15.2011

I’m curious on what’s the minor modification that they did on this BMW X6? Hmmm, I really hope that, if it’s already done it will truly add more appeal on it. Anyway, this car seems so fun to drive with!

  (488) posted on 11.13.2011

Its twin turbo V8 is what I really love the most in this SUV. It can surely give a nice speed performance which gives me the idea that it is so fun to drive with. smiley Anyway, I love the simple detailing of it.

  (577) posted on 10.25.2011

Well, for me even if it really don’t have an elegant and sophisticated look just like what other coupes had. I can say that I would still prefer to have the simplicity of this BMW X6, for the fact that it looks so decent and very practical to daily usage.

  (448) posted on 10.25.2011

Just like them, I’m quite curious on what will be the interior of this one will look like and even on what will really be the figure performance of it, well I do hope that it was impressive as well as its exterior appearance.

  (394) posted on 10.21.2011

BMW X6 is not the typical type but still have the looks of other cars. Personally, one of the most appealing part of the car is the wheels. But look at the wheels of this car, for me it is not quite good for this car.

  (242) posted on 10.5.2011

The BMW X6 is so impressive on its simple platform design and styling. I must say that the hygienic looks of it, is very appealing. I just only wonder if what will the interior of this one looks like and I notice the aggressive headlights of it, so cool!

  (630) posted on 10.4.2011

Nice car, truly luxurious while the touch of simplicity is there. Though its not very impressive nor not even the usual but surely the elegance is there.

  (595) posted on 09.30.2011

The impressive decency appearance is what I first noticed here in BMW X6. It seems a versatile car, and the wheels of it looks so good and cool. I’m curious about its other speculation, well I’ll better wait for another updated article about it.

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