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Published on Jul 24th, 2007, 2 Comments

bmw x6 Here comes BM’s Big Daddy X

Reports suggest BMW will soon offer a three strong line-up of 4x4s – the X3, X5, and a vehicle that will bring yet another new acronym to the market – Sports Activity “Coupé” – in the form of the beefy X6

Spy photographers have managed to capture images of engineers testing the heavily-disguised prototype vehicle. Simultaneously, several artist impressions have appeared on the web, including these ones – which were published by Motor Forecast.

If the spy shots and mockups are anything to go by, the X6 will feature looks that are not too different from that of Mercedes-Benz’s low-slung “four-door coupé”, the CLS.

It’s been suggested that the X6’s roofline plunges downward after the B-pillar until it intersects with the rising waistline (cleverly obscured by the black tape in the spy shot of the prototype’s rear), giving the newcomer a coupé-like profile… That styling approach may have resulted in the most form-over-function SUV design to date.

Other notable aspects of the aggressive styling is the supersized “kidney grille” and a prominent roof spoiler. An anticipated disadvantage of the plunging roofline might be decreased headroom for rear occupants and severely compromised luggage space.

Under the bonnet, we could probably expect a choice of engines similar to the X5’s. A 3,0-litre petrol engine producing just over 200 kW, a 3,0-litre diesel engine producing around 170 kW and the range topping 4,8-litre V8, with over 260 kW. Rumour has that BMW’s award-winning 3,0-litre twin-turbocharged straight six will make an appearance and aficionados are obviously keeping their fingers crossed for a V10.

Sharing its wheelbase with the X5 should mean that the X6 will ride on double wishbones and feature Adaptive Drive – adjustable damping and anti-roll bars. By virtue of its lower centre of gravity, the X6 will be expect to handle better than the X5.

Although BMW AG has been reluctant to share details about the X6, a concept of the new “SAC” will be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. It is believed the X6 will go into production in 2008 at BMW’s Spartanburg plant in the US.

Comments

That is not a good acronym though it does lend itself to comments like, “my wife’s not a good driver but she’s alright in the SAC”
can’t wait to see it on the road.

July 31, 2007 10:10 am Reply

Definitely looks like a sweet ride for those who can afford it the “Big Daddy” price tag and the cost of maintainence. I’m not dissing BMW’s but I’ve had two BMW’s and a Mercedes in the past and I’m sorry, but German engineering is far inferior and overpriced compared to the products put out by the US manufacturers lately. I’ll stick with my Cadillac Escalade !!!

August 10, 2007 3:58 am Reply
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