Spy pics of BMW's big coupe-come-SUV in winter testing ahead of June launch

These are the latest spy pictures of the facelifted BMW X6 in testing ahead of its June launch. Spearheading the new line-up will be a hot new M-fettled diesel model, set to be launched under BMW’s new BMW M Performance Automobiles line-up.

The controversial coupe-come-SUV has been a surprise success since it launched in 2009. BMW is sold in excess of 120,000 X6 units, and rivals Mercedes and Audi have both revealed plans to build a rival to the model.

The styling changes will be minor, as this lightly disguised mule caught in winter testing in the arctic circle reveals. The revised X6 will get a new bumper at subtly revised headlight design at the front, along with new lights at the rear.

Engine wise, the new triple-turbo six-cylinder diesel is the biggest news. It is claimed to produce a 376bhp and a mighty 546lb ft. This model will be called BMW X6 M50d xDrive and will also feature a M-tuned chassis, although it stops short of being a full-on M car.

On the petrol side, the line-up will be again topped by the X6 M, which is powered by a twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8. This model has proved to be a particular hit in the US, where a near identically priced X6 petrol-electric hybrid had to be axed as buyers were opting for the M model instead.

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16 January 2012

As much as i think this is the most pointless car in the world if it sells well then good on BMW for creating that market niche and profiting from it, its just good business really.

As for the Tri turbo diesel six, it sounds like one heck of an engine, but my goodness i would not want to own one outside of warranty! imagine the cost of having to replace likes of the electric powered turbo? no thanks.

I also eagarly await the whats the point of the "New" X6 forum.

16 January 2012

Nope, still doesn't appeal to me on any level!

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

16 January 2012

Has anyone ever asked what the point of this vehicle is?

16 January 2012

[quote Autocar]The styling changes will be minor, as this lightly disguised mule caught in winter testing in the arctic circle reveals. The revised X6 will get a new bumper at subtly revised headlight design at the front, along with new lights at the rear.[/quote]

The worst part of this car for me is the back of it. The front does well as a coupe'd X5, but the rear is all squished and completely misproportioned. It needs way more than new lights. Then again, think of the way Porsche made the back of the new Cayenne look like something from Hyundai and maybe BMW are better just to give it a light makeover.

16 January 2012

[quote Overdrive]Has anyone ever asked what the point of this vehicle is?[/quote]What indeed is the point of most vehicles, after all we could all just drive around in identical cars. But who would have the power to decide what car is chosen to be the sole produced vehicle?

16 January 2012

Don't know why they bothered to start with, and as for the 6 Gran Coupe, a 4 door version of the 2 door coupe based on the 4 door 5 Series saloon...................

16 January 2012

The X6 has been a success, this is undeniable. Despite in many markets its golden age is passed it still sells well considering its characteristics.

But I suspect that a part of its buyers bought it instead of X5. I knew some people who owned an X5 before and had no children or need of more space that did exactly like that. I don't think they are the only ones.

16 January 2012

[quote Autocar]The controversial coupe-come-SUV has been a surprise success since it launched in 2009. BMW is sold in excess of 120,000 X6 units, [/quote]

So, there are at least 120,000 controversial people out there.

On the bright side, controversial sounds much better than pointless.

16 January 2012

I love the way so many people are calling the X6 pointless.... clearly its fundermental point is to make BMW money, and that it seems to be doing really rather well at it would appear!

i dont see what the problem is with it, i personally wouldnt want one, but some people do. Is a honda jazz pointless? no, but to me it is really as it does nothing that i would want from a car, however to my 84 year old grandmother, its ideal...

and the same could be said about virtually every car on the market. i just dont see why the X6 gets so much attention. (though i am bloody sure BMW dont mind!)

16 January 2012

[quote RadeB]

So, there are at least 120,000 controversial people out there.

On the bright side, controversial sounds much better than pointless.

[/quote]

Yes, actually I think there are a lot more than 120,000 controversial people out there!

Pointless is a word too used in association with cars in my view. The car is never been just a means of transport, so I don't understand why some of the objective X6 downsides like 4 seats and small boots bother so much...

controversial is more appropriate

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