X6 is another addition to BMW’s X-cars lineup, (BMW calls them SAVs - Sports Activity Vehicle) but is a crossover of a coupe and an SUV and they call this an SAC - Sports activity Coupe.
Right now X6’s design is subject to a lot of controversy like all the Bimmers designed by Chris Bangle. People complaining about the X6 are more than the ones who like it and I’m among the minority. X6 has been executed beautifully inheriting a lot of design features from the X5 but in the looks department way better than the other X-cars (especially the X3 IMO which is uglier than the ugliest of the lot).
more pictures after the jump.
With the roof’s highest point directly above the driver, X6 seems a lot more driver-centric than the other X-cars. People looking for practicality must look elsewhere coz this one’s for the driving enthusiasts who enjoy the sportiness and dynamics of a coupe but can not take it everywhere and for those who like the riding height of SUVs but are less confident in pushing them.
One look at the photos and its sportiness is obvious but what adds class is the chrome finishes all around it - details like aluminium boards running under the doors, chrome lining around the greenhouse, titanium coloured grille, chrome tipped exhaust pipes etc. The most distinctive feature of this crossover is the beautifully executed sloping coupe-like roof and the rising shoulder line.
The production version wont stray much from this concept and X6 is expected to be launched by the end of 2008 at the earliest and will be priced about 20% more than the X5. About the engines, there is a possibility of a V10 petrol in addition to a twin-turbo 420bhp V8 and the two straight sixes from the X5.