Its looks are about to get a touch more dramatic.
BMW's M Division is having a fantastic start to its 50th anniversary year and things are only going to get better with the imminent arrival of the M2 and the M3 CS. These two new sports cars are sure to only do good things for BMW's bottom line, but the brand's performance-enhanced SUVs are often even more attractive to the average buyer who has a love for speed and a commitment to family. We've just reported on the facelifted BMW X6, having captured spy shots of the updated model, and now our photographers have caught the high-performance M version testing. Like its everyday sibling, it seems to be getting a more attractive design.
In these new images, the updated BMW X6 M is nearly naked and reveals its new rear end, which appears to be carrying over from the 2022 model with no changes. That said, the roof antenna appears to be more rounded and it seems as if the roof rails have been done away with. The front, however, is a different story. New, slimmer LED headlights will feature along with a slightly rounder pair of kidney grilles. While these aren't huge elongated apertures as on the X7 and 4 Series, their border frames appear thicker. It's quite possible that the grilles will be illuminated too, as with the recently refreshed 8 Series. Expect a U-shaped design for the grille's individual strakes too.
The bumper appears to be changing substantially, reverting to a design that incorporates fog lights in the lower half of the front fascia. The lower area of the bumper will be gaining a much more cavernous grille design, possibly culminating in a look that will match that of the upcoming M4 CSL. Then again, the test mules you see here may not be wearing their final production bumpers. Either way, we'll have to wait for more revealing images before we speculate any further. As for what is visible on the profile, the fender vents will be gaining chrome accents, although this may be swapped for gloss black Shadowline elements on Competition models, as seen on the gray prototype. New wheels will be introduced too, while the cabin will be updated with iDrive 8 infotainment technology. We predict that a full reveal will take place later this year.