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BMW X6 2023: updated SUV coupe gets fresh tech, more power, and $140,900 starting price 


The mid-cycle update for BMW’s sloped-roof X6 has seen price increases come into effect across the range

Local details have been revealed for BMW’s updated X6 SUV, which sees new tech, more power and increased prices come to the range. 

Now priced from $140,990, the X6 range kicks off with the entry-level xDrive30d that has been hit with an $8000 price hike over the previous model. It will be joined by the mid-tier xDrive40i and flagship M60i when the trio arrives in showrooms in July of this year. 

Once landed, this updated X6 will face competition from its traditional rivals in the Audi Q8, Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe, and the recently announced Polestar 3

2023 BMW X6 LCI rear 3/4
The range-topping X5 M60i gets quad-exit exhausts

What’s new for the BMW X6?

On the outside, the changes to the X6 are subtle, but include slimmer headlights and an updated illuminated kidney grille – something that comes standard across the range. 

Aesthetic changes continue to the rear of the SUV, where it gets reshaped taillights that feature fibre optic light guide elements. 

As usual, the M Sport package will be standard across Australian delivered vehicles, but interestingly, BMW is now offering what it calls the ‘M Sport Package Pro’ on the range-topping M60i model. 

2023 BMW X6 LCI front 3/4
Slimmer headlights are the main difference at the front of the new X6

Likely offered as a point of difference between standard models and the M60i, this “pro” package includes an M logo in the kidney grille, M mirror caps, a quad-pipe exhaust system with M logos and a large rear spoiler. 

What’s new in the cabin? 

On the inside, the X6 has been brought up to modern BMW standards with the inclusion of the iDrive 8 system, which uses the new curved display design the marque is rolling out across various model lines. . 

This large dash-mounted display is made up of a pair of screens: a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 14.9-inch infotainment display.

2023 BMW X6 LCI dash
BMW’s curved display has finally landed in the X6

BMW notes that it has brought about a “significant” reduction in the number of buttons and switches around the cabin, choosing to replace them with digital controls. 

Those prioritising comfort over performance are able to swap out the sports seats that come as standard fitment up front for a pair of comfier-shaped seats. The same goes for optional seat ventilation and the massage function.

What powertrain options are available for the BMW X6?

As mentioned, BMW’s updated X6 range starts with the xDrive30d at $140,990 before on-road costs. This variant is powered by a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel inline six engine that makes 210kW/650Nm. 

Next in the range is the X6 xDrive40i which starts at $144,900 before on-road costs. This makes use of a 3.0-litre twin-turbo petrol inline six engine that produces 280kW/520Nm. 

2023 BMW X5 twin-power engine
The majority of the X6 range uses straight-six engines

At $178,900, the M60i represents the top of the regular X6 range. It gets a 4.4-litre twin-turbo petrol V8 engine that makes 390kW/750Nm. With this hefty helping of grunt, the M60i is able to hit 100km/h from a standing start in 4.3-seconds. 

Every X6 variant uses an eight-speed automatic transmission that’s paired with BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system.

What standard equipment does the X6 range get?

Standard equipment on the entry-level X6 xDrive30d and mid-spec xDrive40i includes tri-zone climate control, 20-inch alloy wheels and an electric tailgate. A head-up display, heated front seats, a panoramic sunroof and wireless phone charging are also included.  

2023 BMW X6 LCI cabin
Comfort seats can be had instead of sports seats if buyers wish

Optional equipment in the M Sport package includes an M leather steering wheel, M Sport brakes in blue, and adaptively damped M suspension. 

Moving up to the X6 M60i adds 22-inch alloy wheels, adaptive M suspension as standard, quad-zone climate control and a premium 16-speaker Harman/Kardon sound system. An M Sport differential, an M Sport exhaust system, soft closing doors and the M Sport Pro package is also included. 

BMW X6 2023 prices in Australia

All prices listed are before on-road costs.

  • xDrive30d: $140,900 (+$8000)
  • xDrive40i: $144,900 (+$8000)
  • M60i: $178,900 (new)