28 January 2012

BMW updated the X6 and X6M models

BMW has revealed the details on the updated X6 model ahead of its official unveiling at Geneva Motorshow in March. The world's first mass-produced Sport Activity Coupe (SAC) was introduced 3 years ago and BMW has sold over 150,000 of them worldwide, exceeding their own internal original sales target. It is hardly surprising as the SAC gets in very well with the rich guy (& lady) due to its highly expressive exterior design that symbolize everything else bar subtleness.

For the 2013 update, the front styling of an X6 has been given an updated fascia with the new front bumper design, more intricate headlamp graphic and a more 3D radiator grille. The most prominent change is the positioning of fog lamp within the matt silver housing in the upper part of the bumper outer air intake. The radiator grille vertical bars are now angled at their lower roots, making the BMW trademark kidney grille stands out conspicuously in the front end. The angled section of the bars is similar in vertical position with the headlamp base, creating a virtual horizontal line across the width of the X6, accentuating the perception of width of the vehicle. The headlamp has been updated too, with an option of the LED adaptive unit. The standard unit is a xenon type, with new ring design that flattened off the their top and bottom section. For the X6M, the adaptive LED headlight is a standard item.
At the back, X6 LCi has been given a new tail lamp featuring two horizontal light banks, illuminated by LED. This creates a brand's hallmark night design with harmoniously glowing light, consistent with recent BMW offerings.
With the LCi model too, BMW has added new color choice; Marrakesh Brown Metallic, Orion Silver Metallic and Midnight Blue Metallic. These colors are among the nine metallic colors available and also available are two solid colors. More detail after the jump.
For the interior, the X6 comes standard with 4 seats, with the option of bench rear accommodation. The newly added item include the Vermillion red color for the standard Nevada leather upholstery. An Ivory White Nappa leather is also available. For those concerned about practicality, the X6 boot volumes in 570L, or in other word, it is massive.

The drivetrain line-up is carried over from the current model. This means that the petrol range is kicked-off with the xDrive35i with 3.0L TwinPower engine and following up is the xDrive50i with TwinPower 4.4L V8 engine. The former is good for 300bhp while the later add 100bhp more and both are attached to an 8 speed automatic gearbox. The range topper is X6M, powered by 555bhp 4.4L V8 twin-turbocharged, and this monster gets an automatic gearbox with 2 lesser gears than its less powerful sibling. The European model gets the diesel option with 3.0L in-line 6 in two tunes, xDrive40d and xDrive30d models, with 306bhp and 245bhp respectively. Those in the thirst of a powerful diesel should turn to the X6 M50d, covered in my earlier post HERE.

The updated range of X6 is scheduled to make it debut at Geneva Motor Show in March 2012. The photos of updated BMW X6M can be found below.


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