Body style: SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle)
Segment: Premium SUV
Infotainment: Apple CarPlay Android Auto
Production years: 2023
BMW refreshed the X6 lineup at the beginning of 2023, and along with the rest of the range, the M Competition version received a well-deserved update.
The world of performance SUVs was no longer a territory where just one or two brands dominated the market. Apart from Porsche's Cayenne and its sibling Lamborghini Urus, Aston Martin, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Cadillac joined the bandwagon. We didn't mention Ferrari since the Italian brand didn't say that the Purosangue was an SUV (although it was). So, in this small circle of powerful vehicles, the white-and-blue badged automaker from Munchen had to stay ahead of the game to attract more customers.
BMW celebrated 50 years of its performance division M in 2022, and at the beginning of the following year, it introduced a facelift for the entire X6 range. And that meant some changes for the M Competition version as well. The car's exterior got new, slimmer headlights and a redesigned, broader grille that was flanked by wider air intakes to cool the brakes. In addition, the lower bumper sported a second grill with an integrated radar for adaptive cruise control, automatic braking, and other safety systems.
Inside, customers were greeted by high-bolstered sports seats and a curved display on top of the dashboard. Fronting the driver was the instrument panel, while atop the center stack was the iDrive 8 infotainment touchscreen.
But the most significant changes were made under the car's skin. While the ICE powerplant remained the same, the automaker added a 48V mild-hybrid system that helped the car get improved fuel efficiency. In addition, there was a new eight-speed automatic gearbox with revised gear ratios when compared to its predecessor.