Dubai Consumer Mirror

Friday, December 29, 2006

BMW X6

Almost every other BMW enthusiast I know is talking about the highly anticipated BMW X6.

According to guys at Autoblog, the Bavarian car maker is replicating the 5 series/6 series relationship with X series. The 5 is for the subtle executive edition and 6 is for the more upscale, sporty high performance junkies. So basically, the X6 will be an X5 on steroids.

The way I see it, it looks more like BMW is following Land Rover’s trails in what the English lads did the Range Rover and its rebellious offsping, the Range Rover Sport - one of the most successful high-end SUVs on the market today.

BMW is keeping a tight lip on the X6, so no pics or anything. I did find a few "artist" impressions on what could X6 look like using Google image search.

I hope the real one looks better than those.




3 Comments:

  • You are right about the Ranger Rover, I hear (trusted resources) that the Middle East market has the biggest share of those precious...the average waiting time to purchase a RR here in the UAE is 3 months.... I even doubt that the BMW X6 will live to be its competing rival

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 29, 2006 at 8:32 PM  

  • Oooh boy, those are ugly - except for the first one!

    If the designs are true to the actual X6 shape, then it's going the way of the Audi Q7 too.

    That would make more sense as they'll be trying to claw back the sales lost to Audi since the Q7's launch earlier in 2006.

    By Blogger nzm, at December 29, 2006 at 11:35 PM  

  • It looks ridiculous, and BMW should be shot for jumping into this niche when SUVs are on the wane.

    The only Range Rover which makes sense is the proper full size one, which does a decent impression of a luxobarge+off roader, although a S-Class still runs rings around it.

    But the Sport and its ilk makes balls for sense - a 2+ ton SUV trying to 'handle'? Ridiculous. They're outpeformed by the humblest Golf GTI for a third of the cost.

    What's more, this X6, like the RRS, will most likely be priced in the ballpark of the M5, which draws into relief the lopsidedness of the value for money equation.

    By Blogger marwan, at December 30, 2006 at 10:47 AM  

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