BMW has released the first images and details for the new facelifted X6 Sports Activity Coupe. Changes are minimal but the highlight is the introduction of the new M-Performance package.

The exterior styling has received some very subtle, but not so obvious updates. The fog lights on the front end have been redesigned, they get a matt finish surround and a higher position that is supposed to emphasize the width of the vehicle. The headlights get a new adaptive LED option that is available as an alternative to the standard Xenon headlights.

In the US market, the faceifted 2013 X6 will get a choice of two standard engines. The xDrive50i features the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 unit with a power output of 400 bhp ( 405 PS / 298 kW ) whilst the entry level xDrive35i gets the twin-turbo inline-6 engine with 300 hp ( 304 PS / 223 kW). Power is passed to the wheels via BMW's 8-speed automatic transmission system.

For those of you looking for a little extra from the Sports Activity Vehicle, BMW has introduced the M-Performance package. It gives the power units a few extra ponies, both of which get an additional 40 Nm (30 lb-ft) of toque whilst the xDrive35i and xDrive50i get respective power increases of 15 hp and 40 hp.

The M-Performance package also includes 20-inch light alloy wheels, black chrome exhaust tips, stainless steel pedals, M foot rest and door sills, shadowline exterior trim, anthracite headliner, and optional Carbon Black metallic paint.

The 2013 BMW X6 will arrive in US showrooms in the spring of 2012.

Gallery: 2013 BMW X6 gets a facelift, M Performance package

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