BMW's X6 is getting a redesign with more powerful engines and, for the first time, an optional illuminated kidney grille.
The third-generation X6 is longer and wider than its predecessor, but with a lower height for better aerodynamics.
The illuminated kidney grille, which debuts on the redesigned X6, is part of the daytime running light feature and can remain on while the vehicle is in motion. The feature can be activated by unlocking and locking the vehicle, or turning it on and off manually.
The X6 was the first coupelike crossover and remains one of the most visible. It also underscores the continuing fragmentation of the crossover market.
BMW foresaw the "growth-inspired fragmentation" of the crossover market when it introduced the X6 in 2008, AutoPacific analyst Ed Kim said. "It seemed a very puzzling move during a time when the formula for a successful SUV was pretty clear: an upright two-box profile and an outdoorsy personality," Kim said.
In Europe, the X6 will be offered with two gasoline and two diesel engines.
Topping the gasoline range is the X6 M50i powered by a newly developed V8. It delivers 530 hp with peak torque at 750 Newton meters. The 340-hp X6 xDrive40i is powered by a straight six unit.
The 400-hp X6 M50d is the most powerful diesel. It has 760 Newton meters peak torque. The 265 hp xDrive 30d has a straight six unit.
The X6 will have its market launch in December following its debut at the Frankfurt auto show in September.
Like the current car, it will be built at BMW's U.S. plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina.