• Dec 17, 2007
When the BMW X6 concept was revealed in Frankfurt in September, we had mixed reactions to its oversized hatchback proportions. BMW made no bones about the fact that the sleek CUV was close to its production reality, and after seeing the motion pictures on YouTube, we tend to believe them. Video of the freshly-unveiled X6 in production trim is sitting out there for everyone to see, and from what we can tell, it's almost a dead-ringer to its Frankfurt forefather. As the scribes over at Carscoop pointed out, the b and c-pillars are now predictably visible, the side view mirrors are now larger, and the tail pipes have been modified. The high-end crossover shown in the video carries XxDrive35d badging, which means an oil-burner sits underhood. On the other hand, the start-up audio in the video sounds decidedly petrol-powered.

It's difficult to say if an expensive, less practical four-seat crossover from any other automaker would be a hit in the US, but BMW buyers tend to snap up whatever the Bavarian automaker dishes out. We look forward to taking in the X6 in Detroit next month. The complete video is available after the jump.

[Source: Carscoop]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      I still have mixed feelings about this one. Being the bimmerphile that I am, I think it's hard for me to imagine a cross between a beautiful coupe and a "SAV" from the roundel. The engines should definitely please though so there has to be some good to come of it. I think it is going to take a test drive to tell whether or not this one is a winner. Can't wait to get my shot.
      • 7 Years Ago
      As impractical this car seems to be, I actually like it's styling, and the engine options will make this one of the fastest SUVs around, BMW claims a 5.3 sec. 0-60 time for the 4.4l twin turbo and I bet that time is understanted just like the 335i. And I am more than sure once Vishnu gets a hold of those 4.4l twin turbo engines you can bet you'll see over 500HP X6 driving around without major mods, that would make this car not only better looking but also faster than the Cayenne for less money.

      But what I want to know, since BMW probably got the inspiration of the X6 from the Dakar rally vehicles such as Pajero Evo, does X6 offer better off-roading experience than X5, and are there going to be off-road kita available for this car? I would love to have a Pajero Evo-like vehicle at my disposition :D
      • 7 Years Ago
      Inside Line has a write up on their site also with vid and engine options. It sounds cool but why change the name now? X Drive5.0i or X Drive3.0i why not X6 3.0i? Could it be cause they want let buyers know its not an SAV like the X5 and X3? That its really small and fast and that is about it. You cannot tow much if anything and its just a car on stilts like MGBYG said? I think it looks cool and would go to the dealer to check out. I still like the low, fast sleek look of CS better.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow... I am a BMW driver and enthusiast, but this design puts the "U" in UGLY. Actually not the whole design, just the rear.The rear view evokes real nausea!

      Does BMW really think that we needed a more expensive Pontiac Aztek? Maybe they felt we were not laughing enough since the Aztek went out of production.

      Whatever happened to form follows function? Is the function to cut down on rear cargo space?

      Actually it seems BMW has trouble styling the rear of most of their vehicles, Starting with the "Humpback Whale".. er, I mean the 745i, on down. (although in my opinion the 3 and 6 series are better)

      If I wanted to see a Prius coverted into a monster truck, I would buy tickets to the next rally at the convention center and put on my "Gravedigger" shirt!

      C'mon guys, I was looking at buying one of these until I saw the rear styling.

      • 7 Years Ago
      What an awesome vehicle. I really hope an M version of this will show up and I would imagine it would!