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by Brett Davis

BMW has been spotted testing a prototype version of the new facelifted 2012 BMW X6 out in public. The revised SUV will feature mild styling tweaks including new headlights and a new front apron and grille fascia, as well as a rumoured additional variant called the xDrive50d, with a large and powerful diesel engine.

It’s a little too early to know for sure, but international reports suggest BMW will introduce the new BMW X6 xDrive50d with the facelift. The new diesel is projected to be a Europe-only model set to join the line-up at the end of this year.

As far as we know, the xDrive50d will consist of a new triple-turbo diesel 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine which could produce anywhere from 250kW to 300kW of power. Stay tuned for more concrete and official details in the near future.

Apart from the possible introduction of a new ’50d’ variant, the facelifted 2012 BMW X6 will come with a range of subtle exterior and interior changes. The most evident of which will be in the front end. Our spy photographer warns us that this particular prototype is fitted with the existing model front bumper bar.

A new front bumper layout will feature a thicker, more aggressive nature, showcasing high ‘cheekbones’ which give the impression of pushing the headlights upwards on the new production model. New large corner vents will also be incorporated into the lower section.

BMW will follow the modern trend of adapting LED lights to the facelift, including much more slimline headlights with LED rings, and LED taillights at the rear.

The 2012 BMW X6 is expected to go on sale in Europe some time towards the end of this year, with an Australian release to follow in 2012.




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