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2013 BMW X6 Sport Activity Coupe - Web Exclusive

Arriving in Spring 2012, the slightly controversial BMW X6 gets a facelift to bring it in line with more recent offerings from the German manufacturer.

Greg Emmerson
Jan 26, 2012
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While it was only intended to be a limited production model, 150,000 have been sold globally since its launch three years ago, with more than 20,000 sold in the US. This exceeded original expectations, which has led to this refreshing.

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New for 2012 on the 2013 model will be the standard foglights are now set in matte surrounds in the air inlets. Their higher, more lateral position is to emphasizes the width of the vehicle.

The three-dimensional modeling of the grille frame and new bars, angled in the lower section, make the BMW kidney grille stand out in the front end.

The angle of the grille bars is flush with the bottom of the headlamp units, thereby creating an additional horizontal line to highlight the wide track of the X6.

As an alternative to the standard Xenon headlights, the new X6 is the first vehicle in its segment to be available with adaptive LED headlights. Their bright white light represents a new interpretation of the brand's hallmark twin circular headlamps.

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The luminous rings of the adaptive LED headlights are leveled off at the top and bottom, and are overlaid at the upper edge by an LED-fed accent light. The light sources for low and high beam light are LED units positioned on a horizontal bar at its center, feeding light into the reflectors in front.

With its new LED tail lights, the rear creates hallmark night design as a glowing light mass.

The paint finishes for the new BMW X6 consists of two non-metallic and nine metallic colors, including Marrakesh Brown metallic, Orion Silver metallic and Midnight Blue metallic. The standard equipment of the new BMW X6 also includes a new 19” wheel style for the X6 xDrive50i.

The standard Nevada leather upholstery is now available in Vermilion Red. Also available is Nappa Leather upholstery in Ivory White.

The X6 is again offered as two models in the US, the X6 xDrive50i with the 400hp 4.4-liter TwinPower Turbo V8, and the X6 xDrive35i with its 300hp TwinPower Turbo inline-6. Both are mated to BMW’s 8-speed automatic transmission.

As an additional option, an M Performance Package is available in the US. This includes an engine upgrade of +15hp and +30 lb-ft of torque on the X6 xDrive35i giving it 315 hp and 330 lb-ft.

The increase is +40 hp +30 lb-ft of torque on the X6 xDrive50i for total peak output of 440hp and 480 lb-ft.

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In addition, the M Performance Package includes 20” wheels, black chrome exhaust tips, stainless steel pedals, M footrest and door sills, shadowline exterior trim, anthracite headliner, and optional Carbon Black metallic paint.

The BMW X6M, with its 555hp V8 remains, benefiting from detailed refinements in the area of design and equipment.

The 2013 BMW X6 arrives in US showrooms in the spring of 2012.

By Greg Emmerson
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