SUVs have not always been pretty, though the movement to crossovers began to change this. Given that, BMW’s X6 Sports Activity Coupe is the visual equivalent of the colorful Quetzal bird among a flock of turkey vultures. Few cars of this caliber and capability can claim such unabashed beauty and performance as well. The endless parade of all-wheel-drive vehicles has a dashing new drum major in the X6.
Since it’s release three years ago the BMW X6 has sold 150,000 models worldwide, with 20,000 units in the U.S. alone. It is the SUV for a younger, more affluent driver who wants the ability to move about at will and go wherever life takes them, while traveling in a comfortable, appealing conveyance.
That appearance isn’t static from year to year and the 2013 model sports new adaptive LED headlamps, the first in segment with this feature. Changes in the treatment of fog lamps and three-dimensional front frame, added to the trademark BMW grille and the vehicle’s wide stance give it the no nonsense look of badger with “get out of my way and I won’t mess with your face” in its eyes.
In back, the taillights are comprised of LED light banks, creating a harmoniously glowing signal in the dark of night. The placement and horizontal alignment of the lamps highlights the vehicle’s wide stance and the stylish transition from the rear quarter to the back of the coupe.
Though the Marrakesh Brown metallic (shown) doesn’t really float our boat, both the Orion Silver metallic and Midnight Blue metallic would. The 2013 BMW X6 Sports Activity Coupe comes in six other metallic colors and two non-metallic shades.
The coupe comes with Nevada leather upholstery standard, which is now available in Vermilion. A new Nappa Leather variant comes in Ivory. The standard model is a four-seater, with an additional three-seat rear benchas an available option. The cargo area is 25.6 cubic feet with the back seats up and 60 cubic feet with rear seats folded.
The 2013 BMW X6 coupe will have the same two engines standard, namely the 4.4-liter 400 hp TwinPower Turbo V8 in the xDrive50i and the 300 hp TwinPower Turbo inline-6 in the xDrive35i. Both are coupled to an 8-speed automatic transmission.
The optional M Performance Package, available in the US, includes an engine upgrade of an additional 15hp and 30 lb-ft of torque to the xDrive35i. The increase is an added 40 hp and 30 lb-ft of torque on the xDrive50i bringing total peak output to 440 hp and 480 lb-ft. The optional package also adds 20-inch alloy wheels, black chrome exhaust tips, stainless steel pedals, M foot rest and door sills, shadowline exterior trim, anthracite headliner with optional Carbon Black metallic paint.
BMW M GmbH, the brand’s high-performance specialists, also offer the BMW X6M with a V8 delivering 555 bhp with other added refinements. This model comes with a 6-speed M Sport automatic transmission and its own special suspension technology.
With the 2013 BMW X6 Sports Activity Coupe refreshed look and features, it would not surprise us to see the brand sell another 60K to 75K units in 2012. This is one we’ll make a point of test-driving as soon as the opportunity presents itself.