The X5 may have been the first BMW crossover on the market when it arrived in 2000, opening the door to more high-riding Bavarians to follow, but it's been replaced twice over now. The X3 is on its second generation, and with the X1 having been introduced in 2009 and the X4 soon to hit showrooms, that makes the X6 – introduced in 2008 – the oldest crossover in the BMW lineup. But it won't be for much longer.

Soon BMW will reveal the all-new X6, based on the latest X5 but with that tell-tale slanted roofline. But before it gets the chance, a handful of images have leaked their way all over the Internet to give us an advance look at what to expect.

The overall shape of the new X6 comes across as familiar, if a bit less of an awkward take on the vehicle that (for better or worse) launched the crossover coupe segment. Up front the twin kidney grilles and headlights are larger, in keeping with the latest BMW design language, and the bumper less horizontal and more dynamic. Towards the back there's a sharp crease above the wheel arch blending into the more rakishly shaped tail lights, while the metallic vent behind the front wheel arch lends the flank an even sportier appearance.

The interior looks to have been substantially updated as well, closely mirroring that of the new X5 but with a more compact steering wheel hub (which could come down to different European airbag regulations). It shouldn't be long now before BMW officially releases its latest take on this surprisingly successful, segment-busting crossover – one which rivals are acting fast to emulate – so watch this space.


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      Lachmund
      • 6 Months Ago
      the interior looks great...the exterior looks even worse than before
      d.hollywood
      • 6 Months Ago
      Still hideous.Probably still sells.Go figure.
      ferps
      • 6 Months Ago
      My neighbors have one of these. I mean, they seem like nice people, yet they drive around in an X6.
      audisp0rta4
      • 6 Months Ago
      Exterior lines were cleaner before. Interior is much improved however. I wish BMW would build the X6 an "Ultimate Off-Road Driving Machine" that was athletic off road...kinda like the LM Rally Fighter. I could get behind the idea of the impractical X6 if it had some kinda trick up it's sleeve, like the ability to blaze desert trails like a pre-runner!! They've certainly got the experience, winning Dakar and all...
      zoom_zoom_zoom
      • 6 Months Ago
      Holy photo filters batman
      tenspeeder
      • 6 Months Ago
      The proportions look even more odd, in a Honda Crosstour kind of way
      Biff Tannen
      • 6 Months Ago
      Nothing like shelling out $75k to drive sh!† on wheels.
      Ali km
      • 6 Months Ago
      Used to look so much better
      Bradford
      • 6 Months Ago
      Honestly, I wouldn't have even known this was different than the existing X6 except for the headline that said so.
      Sebastian Lopez
      • 6 Months Ago
      Want to know just how awkward the design is? Look at the back windows, and just how many shapes are present in that part of the car alone to "get it to work". Holy ****. As a designer, i would have never let that happen -- and if that was the only way to do it, back to the drawing board.
      Jayar
      • 6 Months Ago
      Give it a few years: BMW will feel the need to add another "genre" of vehicle and will wind up with an expensive El Camino. And somehow, people will flock to it.
      cpmanx
      • 6 Months Ago
      Looks very...shiny in these photos.
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