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New 2023 BMW X6 facelift caught winter testing

Development for the facelifted BMW X6 is well underway, and our spy photographers have captured the updated coupe-SUV during cold-weather testing near the Arctic Circle. The new X6 will sport revised styling and a new infotainment setup to bring it into line with the firm’s latest models.

At the front, the facelifted X6 will adopt a set of slim headlights and a redesigned bumper, although the current car’s large pair of kidney grilles appear unchanged. The lower grille section now features a larger radar sensor and aggressive slats, too. 

We expect the updated X6 to arrive with new alloy wheel designs, although the new car is unchanged in profile, retaining the outgoing model’s diagonal front wing cutout, shallow glass house and tapering roofline. The rear end of this pre-production prototype is carried over, too, with the same vertical vents, two-tone lower bumper and rear lights, although these could be revised for the final production car.

Bigger changes are expected inside. BMW’s latest iDrive 8 infotainment system debuted on the iX electric SUV, and the tech is beginning to trickle down to the rest of the range. 

The X6 will be the next adopter, with a redesigned dashboard to accommodate a single, curved display panel. This will comprise a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel and a 14.9-inch central touchscreen, which can also be operated using a rotary dial on the centre console. This itself will be redesigned, featuring a smaller gear selector.

The iDrive 8 upgrade will enable 5G connectivity, improved voice control and augmented reality navigation, along with BMW’s My Modes feature. This alters parameters such as steering, throttle response, damping, ambient lighting and screen graphics to suit certain driving scenarios.

Speaking of which, the new X6 is also likely to receive tweaks to its suspension setup to strike a better ride and handling balance, along with revised powertrain and gearbox calibrations. The facelifted model will retain the same eight-speed automatic gearbox as before, along with the existing line of engines. 

The two diesel options will be 3.0-litre straight-six units, as will the entry level petrol model. The facelifted M50i is expected to use the same 4.4-litre turbocharged V8, and the X6M will be fitted with a more potent version of this engine producing well over 600bhp. Small tweaks to powertrain hardware and software could see improved performance and efficiency across the board. The new X6 is set to be revealed early next year.

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