Following the debut of the X5 earlier this year, it shouldn't come as a shock that BMW is testing an updated X6 in its homeland. The Munich-based manufacturer trekked to the Nürburgring to test the lifted, four-door coupe it calls a Sports Activity Vehicle, while also giving us our first peak as to what the future holds for one of the weirder models in the brand's stable.

Mainly, we can safely expect the next X6 to get the same range of refinements made to its platform-mate, the X5, which debuted earlier this year. If we're lucky, that could mean an X6 sDrive35i, complete with rear-wheel drive with which to fling the big SAV about. Adding a rear-drive option could also broaden its admittedly limited appeal by lowering the cost of entry, which could serve the pricier X6 well. As a point of reference, the X5 sDrive35i is priced at $2,300 below an xDrive all-wheel-drive-equipped model.

The X6's top-flight xDrive50i model should get the same 45-horsepower bump as the X5 xDrive50i, thanks to refinements to its twin-turbocharged, 4.4-liter V8, while the 3.0-liter, turbocharged six-pot should remain unchanged. We wouldn't hold our breath for an X6 diesel to arrive, although weirder stuff has happened. Like the X5, though, this should be a pretty slim refit that improves an already competent package to go along with an expected increase in price.


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      jtv
      • 1 Year Ago
      Don't like the new headlight design...just like the X5, the previous generation is better looking.
        Kuro Houou
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jtv
        Couldn't agree more, the new headlights are horrible, along with the new kidney designs.. they screwed up what makes a BMW great.
      tbird57w
      • 1 Year Ago
      yawn....zzzzzzzzzzzz.....
      ground
      • 1 Year Ago
      even worse than before
      Carac
      • 1 Year Ago
      "I want a X5, but the visibility out the back is too good, my passengers have too much headroom, and I can carry too much cargo...what's that...you say they make an X5 with worse visibility, less headroom, less cargo space, AND it costs $8000 more?" Yay
      Frisky_Dingo
      • 1 Year Ago
      They really should just kill this abomination off. Along with the GT's.
      ChaosphereIX
      • 1 Year Ago
      useless
      knightrider_6
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's what we need - more bloated ugly pig
      cartonlul
      • 1 Year Ago
      Another Damn fine vehicle from bmw.
      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why even bother putting this behemoth around the ring?
      The Wasp
      • 1 Year Ago
      Autoblog, please define the term 'SAV'. It would be cool to stick to industry standard terms like CUV or SUV rather than using BMW's made-up stuff.
        BG
        • 1 Year Ago
        @The Wasp
        Stupid activity vehicle?
        leo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @The Wasp
        problem with this is that the U is not true (Utility) so it can't be called something like a CUV or SUV since the acronym implies the vehicle provides utility, so it's a sport Activity vehicle for people without kids and no real use for the back seats or a large cargo area
      bambin
      • 1 Year Ago
      I get paid over $87 per hour working from home with 2 kids at home. I never thought I'd be able to do it but my best friend earns over 10k a month doing this and she convinced me to try. The potential with this is endless. Heres what I've been doing,http://www.jobs76.com
      Kenyon
      • 1 Year Ago
      If the X6 is such a dud, why is it getting a second generation? Why did Acura copy it? Why is Audi and Mercedes and even Lamborghini copying it? The X6 50i in black with 20' wheels is awesome. It handles well also.
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