Next-generation coupe-crossover snapped for the first time

The new-gen BMW X6 has been spied for the first time this week during development testing near the company's Spartanburg manufacturing facility in California.

Despite being almost completely covered in a black-and-white wrap, it's pretty clear that the new X6 will combine design elements from its recently-overhauled X5 sibling and the smaller X4 coupe.

Up front is an imposing face similar to that of the X5, while the tapered roofline and coupe-style tailgate treatment look similar to the new-generation X4.

Compared to the version currently on sale, the new X6 will get slimmer LED tail-lights – a similar change was made to the X4 – and it should also feature all the latest and greatest driver assistance and infotainment technologies from the Bavarian marque.

Expect a suite of semi-autonomous systems as seen in the new X5, along with the updated digital instrument cluster and central infotainment display running BMW Operating System 7.0 as per the X5 and 8 Series.

The overall interior design should be pretty much identical to its X5 twin, too, though we're yet to see images of the cabin.

We're unsure exactly when BMW will take the covers off the new X6, but our guess is that the new SUV coupe will surface either very late this year or early next, ahead of an Australian launch mid- to late-2019.

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