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BMW's X6 exposed

2007-09-07 08:33

BMW X6 coming next year (AUTOMEDIA)

This is one of the first times the BMW X6 off-road, coupé-like crossover has been seen and caught barely disguised - and the closest a photographer can get at this stage of the development!

The first spy shots of the upcoming BMW X6, a crossover SUV, were taken late last year around BMW's Munich headquarters, but only now that disguising came off it's very obvious the ute has a sloping coupe-like roofline.

This detail is particularly interesting on the X6, because BMW is applying an aggressive application of the four-door-coupe concept first seen on the Mercedes CLS, to the SUV genre.

There have been a number of performance-minded SUVs on offer, but the X6 is taking a unique styling approach which appears to be the most form-over-function SUV design effort seen to date.

The roof line begins arching downward after the B-pillar and continues plunging right to the X6's rising waistline. As a result, second-row headroom and rear cargo volume are both severely compromised.

The new X6 will be longer and lower than the new X5, but this crossover is expected to seat only four. But what the sporty X6 loses in seating, it will gain in performance. Expect it to arrive sometime during the 2008 calendar year.

However, a concept version could be on display at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

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