• Sep 4, 2007
The build-up to the debut of the BMW X6 is nigh, and in addition to the de-camo'd mule that was spied earlier today, the boys from Bavaria have decided to let Chris Bangle explain the design ethos of the new SAV in front of a cloaked concept.

Mr. Bangle goes into detail over the six-minute flick about what BMW's aim for the X6 is, who it's targeting and what kind of capabilities we should expect from this 'ute in coupe's clothing. He even says that it might have some off-road prowess. We shall see.

In the meantime, check out the BMW-produced video after the jump and keep tabs on all the unveilings from the IAA in Frankfurt here.

[Source: BMW]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't think the x5 is the only good looking bmw, I love the z4 and it's aged particularly well in fact (imho) looking better than ever. The coupe and sedan 3's are quite modern looking compared to other cars on the road, and the 5 is more dynamic in person than can be translated or represented by mere photos alone. And they do all possess that one inherent gene, the driving dynamic of a BMW. I'm fortunate to sample all the cars on a daily basis, and while i'm not a fan of the seven, i'm amazed at how well it drives (like a much smaller car) I do believe that because BMW is so innovative, you will see this be a more prevalent shape in the years to come as manufacturers clamour to imitate. As for the one that commented on the IS350, look at previous lexus designs and see how well they hold up, in other words, classic? or dated..My E46 coupe looks way better than that IS350 of it's time and the design is getting better with age. Same can be said of my Z4. While japanese cars are good, they are essentially a different execution of a different philosophy but they suffer from mediocrity and "safe" design. The last great japanese design was the Z32 300zx (1990-1996) Everything else is a bit of a "copy" of something else
        • 7 Years Ago
        I love the Z32, especailly in targa form, but the "last" great japanese design? That is your opinion. The last NSX, IMO, has it beat. And the next EVO and GT-R are looking very good.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yeah! that moving camera was awful.What is the matter with these people.
      Looks like BMVay wanted to create a MBZ CLS w/o being me too.
      Understand that, then the car may make some sense. But weight is the wholething with bm, to me. The 3 series is way to heavy and close to becoming a "gold-chains boulevardier" like the 300zx became at the end.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Freaking horrible car. Horrible like the X5, horrible like the massive, bloated 6-series.

      Make more cars like the 1-series, please. Oh and the 7-series would be nice if it wasn't so ugly. Ditch iDrive too, please.

      Drop the facade and make "drivers cars" that are actually for drivers. Or drop the facade and quit claiming you do.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'll be in the minority of people excited about this car. While the world doesn't need another SUV, there are a group of people (like me) that would love to have a sporty wagony thing. While we have things like the Subaru Forester XT Sports and Infiniti FX35, neither can be sampled with 6MT in the US. I think if done correctly, this could be a cool car.

      Hwins, have you used iDrive? I used it for the first time in Germany (i'm from the us) this summer and it was brilliant. It got me from Munich to Nurnburg to Adenau and back. While magazines rag on it like its going out of style, its really a pretty easy system to use. Maybe its a generational thing. I'm not saying its the best Nav system out there, but its not complicated.

      BMW, if you are listening, give us a 3 and 5 door 1series.
      • 7 Years Ago
      In terms of looks Lexus/Infiniti/Acura seem to be eating the German vehicles up. I'd expect these designs from maybe Chrysler or something but not from BMW.

      I am judging strictly by looks before anyone comes up with the "but Luis those brands have inferior performance" argument.
        • 7 Years Ago
        hahahahahhaha. japanese cars, with better looks than german cars? hahahahhahahahahhahahahahahahahahaha
      • 7 Years Ago
      is there a point to this car?
      if its like the other bmw suvs it wont go offroad, it doesnt have utility
      so why not just buy a 5 series?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why people (particularly men) rave about FX so much? Its conservative shoe-like shape and Prada-like curves understandably attract women, but I wouldn't want to be seen in that car. And Lexuses are just hideous and always will be. No matter what Bangle's plans are about butchering BMWs, Lexuses will still be several times uglier because they're always one or teo steps behind design-wise. Acura SUVs look better now, but it's them getting bloated, not BMWs.

      X5 is the only good-looking Bimmer now. It's amazing how Bangle didn't screw it up. It's not bloated at all. A sporty offroad coupe like X6 is just as stupid parked on a suburban driveway, as any SUV, but it does have its purpose in the world (think Dakar). For all I care X6 looks clean and proportional unlike exaggerated Japanese macho (midlife crisis) crossovers like FX.

      If it has manual transmission and retains X5's towing capacity (600lb TW), it can be my next car.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Talk IS350? IMO the IS looks 'priceless' better than a 3-series, or any BMW for that matter.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Why isn't it a coupe? Looks to me like a serious cut in interior volume took place here.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Just give us the 5 series wagon with a nice big v8 AWD and a 6 speed please.

      Oh and the M5 Touring for those people who don't need AWD.



      Oh we can't get those cars but europe can because Americans only like SUVs so we have to get a useless vehicle like the X6.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ooooooooh how I loathe that man.

      Fire them all, go back to the e30, and start over BMW.

      Cheers,
      prat
      • 7 Years Ago
      So far I think the X6 is looking great.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Very excited to see this.Something new.This will leave boring SUV design in the dust (finally)
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