BMW is no longer wasting time disguising the updated X6 M during pre-production tests. Sure, there’s still some camouflage covering the front fascia, but nearly all vehicles are now camo-free for the latest evaluation round held at the Nurburgring. There are no major design changes, although there are a few points worth talking about.
Obviously, the biggest tweaks will be on the front where this blue prototype has camouflage foil covering the bumper, headlights, grille and hood. Perhaps the highlight of the revision is the new slimmer headlights and a slightly redesigned kidney grille arrangement between the two. Below, the bumper will be equipped with a modified bottom opening that looks much narrower compared to the current model.
The rear is virtually free of any camouflage, except for the black band that covers the BMW badge in the middle. It doesn’t look like the company will touch the design on the rear as the diffuser, quad exhaust setup, and headlights all look identical to the X6 M still on sale. However, it wouldn’t be difficult for BMW to install a set of similarly sized taillights with a slightly different design so nothing can be confirmed at this point.
We didn’t get a glimpse of the interior of this prototype but there appears to be camouflage covering the dashboard. This could be a hint that the performance SUV will receive BMW’s latest infotainment setup with a single curved screen that adopts the company’s latest iDrive 8 software. Other minimal in-cab revisions are also possible.
Regarding the engine, we don’t have high hopes if there are changes to the V8 engine under the hood. This means the X6 M will continue to be powered by a 4.4 liter motor, making it one of the most powerful SUVs in the world with 600 horsepower (447 kilowatts) in standard form and 617 hp (460 kW) in Competition form.
The debut of the X6 M facelift won’t be long. Depending on the exact launch date, it will be sold as a 2023 or 2024 model.