• Jul 20, 2007
Following an onslaught of boring spy shots depicting the BMW X6 as a precision-engineered Conestoga wagon, Brenda Priddy and her minions have finally caught the forthcoming sport crossover minus the super-duty Halloween costume. And guess what: it looks good.
That sloping rear won't do much for cargo space, but the target audience is unlikely to give a rat's patootie, as the X6's neat crossover-coupe bodywork looks ready to win over Bimmer-shopping style mavens. Brenda Priddy notes that the car will only seat four as a result, despite being longer than the higher-capacity X5. Swoopier crossovers that sacrifice capacity at the altar of style appear to be a coming trend. The forthcoming Infiniti EX and Audi's Cross Coupe Quattro concept demonstrate that BMW's not alone in its thinking.

[Source: Winding Road]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      It looks nice from the front - but I don't know what they're thinking with that awful sloping hatch. DISGUSTING!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Let's hope it keeps what we're seeing now.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I meant to mention the FX in there, too, Don. Good call.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That looks like a cross between a dodge caliber and a dodge avenger. Good call BMW
      • 7 Years Ago
      It really looks like either an AMC Eagle or Dodge Caliber.
      • 7 Years Ago
      wait, I thought Bangel wasn't designing things anymore
      • 7 Years Ago
      Sweet. The SUV for people who really need a sedan.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ugly and pointless.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow that looks odd! I knew it would but to what degree I was not sure and, well, it is odd. I am not sure about it. It looks a little dull compared to the FX if the Inifiniti is what it had in its cross hairs to target. It seems to me like a weird hatch on stilts. Who knows.... I will reserve judgment for the final product showing
      • 7 Years Ago
      It will seat 5 not just four.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This may very well be the first good looking SUV since the Infiniti FX.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Well, first, the shoe (foot) size is directly proportional to the length of another vital part of man's body as everyone knows. It's extremely important for FX demographics. FIY I wear 12.

        Second, the whole shoe shape is the tribute to excessively long hoods of 1930's Bugatis and similarly shaped classic cars showcasing big engines which every man also associates with... see the previous paragraph.

        Vehicles like FX just blended in truck ruggedness for added masculinity while offsetting it with "classy" boat-like (what can be classier and more luxuries than sail boats) sensual curves to appeal to modern men who decided (or were recommended by a psychologist) to get in touch with their feelings.
        • 7 Years Ago
        the FX is the only SUV that's not a box on wheels liek the rest of them

        the EX and FX are probably some of the best looking SUV's adn thie X6 seems very odd and not at all good looking.

        but i'll wait for final release pics before I put the UGLY sign on this BMW as well.

        seems the only good looking BMW is now the 3-series, adn considering the engine overheating issues the 335i has had, that leaves only the 328i as the best bet if you're buying.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The FX looks like a shoe to me.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The FX is the only thing I'd be caught dead in.
      • 7 Years Ago
      kickass, looks dakar-esque to me too :D
      • 7 Years Ago
      Overall the concept of a high coupe is not bizarre at all. Look no further than jacked up Paris-Dakar racers based on civilized coupes and hatchbacks.

      What BMW should do (and I'm sure will) to please luxury car buyers is take it one step further by making X6 a convertible; Hardtop of course.

      The reasoning:

      1. Luxury-oriented people want passive safety which is typically associated with 2+ ton SUVs: check.

      2. Even 300+ lbs drivers of premium cars think they live active lifestyle. While some prefer to commute with two kayaks and/or a heavy downhiller permanently mounted on the roof of their H2, others go for "sporty" looks of sloped D-pillars like FX or this car: check.

      3. So all this already crash-SAFE and SPORTY luxury coupe really misses is open air, because convertibles and luxury are synonymous. The concept of convertible truck is not new (International Harvester or even modern Jeep Wrangler), but I'm sure Chris Bangle would think of some sophisticated dignified term like he named his other innovations e.g. "flame surfacing" borrowed from curvy Huyndais.

      Jokes aside all I personally care about is manual transmission (hoping they'd have to put one in a "sportier" SUV) while retaining X5's 6000GTW/600TW towing capacities plus standard auto-leveling, so it stays level when I put my 400lb sportbike on the 100lb hitch-mounted motorcycle. Unlike ugly Cayenne (the only "midsize" SUV with manual now) this car would make a bitching motorcycle trackday transport. Otherwise (if you don't need to carry/tow any heavy toys), it just screams "poser" (or "midlife crisis" depending how you look at it) just like FX.
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