It will replace the previous M Performance X6, the M50i.
We’ve seen test prototypes of both the normal and M versions of the facelifted BMW X6. Today we have a new series of spy images featuring the Bavarian coupe-SUV, and this time we can see a new addition to the lineup. The revised X6 M60i, as seen in the gallery below, will replace the X6 M50i as the top dog in the normal model lineup, positioned just behind the fully-fledged X6 M.
This prototype has the appearance of a normal X6 from the future LCI series. Under the camouflage, the front end hides slimmer headlights, and we expect the lighting cluster to get new visuals as well. The grilles won’t grow bigger as far as we know, though there might be changes to the lower section of the front bumper.
The taillights on this test car are from the current model, however we know that the facelifted X6 will get new LED taillights. The contour of the rear bumper and the form of the exhaust finishers will also be slightly different, indicating that this is the new X6 M60i.
The most significant difference with the new M Performance variant is found under the hood. The replacement to the X6 M50i will use the S68 4.4-liter V8 twin-turbo engine, which is the same as the one used in the X7 M60i. All-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission will be standard, with a power output of roughly 530 horsepower expected (390 kilowatts).
The X6 LCI will be equipped with BMW’s latest iDrive 8 infotainment system, which features a coast-to-coast screen encased in a single curved piece of glass. This latest BMW technology is now available on a number of models, including the X7 and even the 2 Series Coupe.
The facelifted X6 has no official release date, but we expect it to arrive in all of its variants – normal, M Performance, and M – by the end of the year.