Cool and unusual : 2008 BMW X6

  • Article by: KEN CHESTER JR. , Motor News Media Corporation
  • Updated: June 17, 2008 - 9:01 AM

Is it a coupe, sedan, SUV, crossover? Yes. The all-new, stylish, sporty and uncommon X6 is unlike any other BMW. Billed as the world's first Sports Activity Coupe, the X6 redefines the very notion of a coupe - five doors, four sculpted seats, a higher ride and plenty of cargo space. It defies coupe conventions in one head-turning look, combining coupe agility and sport-ute versatility.

Power for the BMW X6 is generated by two engine variants: the new xDrive50i (4.4L V-8) and the xDrive35i (3.0L inline six-cylinder), both outfitted with twin turbochargers and direct injection. Both are bolted to a six-speed automatic transmission.

The BMW X6 starts with the automaker's proven intelligent xDrive all-wheel-drive technology with electronic control to vary the distribution of drive power between the front and rear axles, instantaneously adjusting to driving conditions. The all-new BMW takes xDrive a step further with the introduction of Dynamic Performance Control, a system that ensures variable distribution of drive forces between the two rear wheels.

Underway, the X6 is an opulent experience for four adults. Power is fluid and seamless, while handling and control is more like a precision tool in the grasp of an experienced craftsman. Spirited cornering is virtually flat at even elevated speeds.

Inside the sporty and luxurious passenger cabin, the X6 offers a unique synthesis of luxury, sporting dynamics and style. The X6 offers occupants an elevated, commanding seating position. The sporting design of the X6 includes wide opening rear doors that facilitate access to individual rear seats separated from one another through the center console.

Displays, controls and switchgear are typical BMW, with its iDrive MMI in its usual place in the middle of the center console. Safety features include dual front airbags, front seat-mounted side-impact airbags, head curtain side-impact airbags, roll-over sensor, adaptive brake lights, central locking system, anti-theft alarm, dynamic stability control, dynamic traction control, dynamic performance control, four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock, front/rear park distance control, automatic headlamps, dynamic cruise control, Xenon (high intensity discharge) adaptive headlights, intermittent rain-sensing windshield wipers, fog lights and tire pressure monitor.

EPA fuel economy: City: 15, Highway: 20 (six-cylinder engine)

Base MSRP: $53,275

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