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Refreshing or Revolting: 2015 BMW X6

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 6/6/2014 Karla Sanchez

Even after six years on the market, the concept of a fastback SUV is hard for some enthusiasts to get behind, but alas, the BMW X6 has proved that people seem to like the idea. Lots of people. In fact, the X6 has proved to be quite popular, giving the German automaker enough reason to update the coupe-like SUV for the 2015 model year. Below, we outline the changes made to the 2015 X6.

As expected, the X6's front end takes on the appearance of other modern BMWs by getting dual-round headlamps that connect to the kidney grilles. Standard Xenon headlights also look slightly different now that they feature a chrome strip outlining the bottom edge within the housings, and also because they come out to point on the outer edge as opposed to the outgoing model's dull-tipped headlights. Below the front grille, the 2015 X6 gains an Air Curtain front valance, while other aerodynamic visual enhancements taken from the X5 include Air Deflectors on the front wheel arches, and Air Breather vents behind the front fenders.

If you didn't like the X6 before, chances are you still won't since it still keeps the outgoing model's sleek, coupe-like profile. An additional character line that stretches from the taillight and curves into the inner rear wheel arch gives it a more commanding look from the side. Another kink in the sheetmetal at the bottom of the panels also contributes to a more aggressive appearance. The windshield also appears to be more sharply raked, making the roofline appear more sloped from the front of the car, and you can also see the rear quarter window is angled off more in comparison to the old X6.

The X6's rear end also gets updated with new three-dimensional LED light strips within the traditional notched taillights. Although they keep the same basic shape, this new take makes them look more modern. A matte silver underbody protector can be seen in the lower bumper between the dual exhaust tips. Inside, the X6 has also undergone some changes. The infotainment display is now perched up on top of the HVAC vents appearing as if it's a separate unit. Below that, the arrangement of the buttons and knobs appear to stay the same. Do you think the 2015 BMW X6 looks better than the model it replaces? Let us know in the comments below!

2015 BMW X6 Front Side View In Driveway© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 BMW X6 Front Side View In Driveway

Last week's chapter of Refreshing or Revolting focused on the 2015 Subaru Outback. Although most readers had nothing extremely negative to say, the subtle changes failed to really knock anyone's socks off.

"There's simply nothing new here, it's all been done before," said JPAstor.

"Better but definitely not a surprise in any way. [It's] like a big Legacy," said Nova LS.

"Slightly more refreshing. It's not ugly, but it's also not a standout design, " said Kvnceleste.

"If I was being honest, it does look a little better. But it still looks almost exactly like the model it's replacing" said Madison(X).

Jefe0303 on the other hand said, "Did it change? I can't tell."


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