BMW has just announced details and dropped the first official photos of its updated 2013 BMW X6 Sports Activity Coupe, which features a number of minor upgrades as well as the addition of an M Performance package that bumps up the power slightly and adds a more menacing look.
For starters, the X6 receives minor touch-ups to its front fascia that brings its version of BMW’s signature kidney grille more in line with the mugs on the new 3 and 5 Series models. Available adaptive LED headlights now can be had over the standard Xenon units, too. The foglights are now set in matte-silver surrounds. Out back, the X6’s taillights also receive the LED treatment similar to that on the 3 and 5.
An array of new exterior paint color choices are available, with two non-metallic and nine metallic colors such as Marrakesh Brown metallic to choose from. A new 19-inch alloy wheel has been added to the mix and comes as standard equipment on the V-8-powered xDrive 50i. While nothing much has changed in the cabin, new leather upholstery options are available and an optional three-seat bench is finally in the U.S.
As before, the 2013 X6 is available with BMW’s tried-and-true 300-hp 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged inline-six in xDrive35i guise and the 400-hp 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 for cars wearing the xDrive50i badge. All engines are mated to eight-speed automatic gearboxes and xDrive all-wheel drive. The X6 M carries on largely unchanged for 2013, with its 555-horsepower V-8 and six-speed automatic transmission.
Check off the new M Performance package option and the 3.0-liter gets bumped up to 315 hp and 330 lb-ft while the 4.4-liter is boosted to 440-hp and 480 lb-ft. Cosmetic upgrades for the M Performance Package include black chrome exhaust tips, stainless steel pedals, 20-inch wheels, and a Carbon Black metallic paint option.
BMW says it has sold more than 150,000 X6s worldwide since its launch three years ago, with 20,000 of those in the States — not bad for such a polarizing vehicle. Expect to see the 2013 X6 in showrooms this spring.