BMW made two important announcements today. The first was
the Concept X6 which BMW describes as "a BMW Coupe with the striking DNA
of BMW's X Vehicles."
The Concept X6 is based on BMW's
X5 Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV). With the Concept X6, BMW is introducing a
new moniker: the Sports Activity Coupe (SAC). Although the Concept X6 is
actually a four-door vehicle, the coupe terminology has been used to describe
other vehicles such as Mercedes'
Everything about the vehicle from its twin kidney grill to
its notched headlights to its sculpted flanks and slightly "Bangled"
butt clearly showcase BMW's current design trends.
Given that this is a BMW, performance and handling are
likely to be a step above other AWD SUVCrossoverWhatchamacallits on the road.
Since the Concept X6 is based on the X5, expect that vehicle's 6-speed
automatic transmission, 3.0 liter inline-6 and 4.8 liter V8 to power the
In keeping with the current trend of staying green, BMW also
today announced the Concept X6 ActiveHybrid. The Concept X6 ActiveHybrid builds
on the new Concept X6 by adding a two-mode hybrid system that was developed in
conjunction with General Motors and DaimlerChrysler.
BMW says that the Concept X6 ActiveHybrid consumes 20
percent less fuel and emits 20 percent less CO2 emissions than comparable
BMW's production X6 SAV is expected to be made available in
late 2008 and will likely be produced in South Carolina alongside the X5 SAV.
There is no word, however, on when the two-mode hybrid system will show up in
quote: Want to get away from the AWD as well, it takes away too much of the power - as i noticed with the S4.
quote: No thanks. Not a big subaru fan. Want to get away from the AWD as well, it takes away too much of the power - as i noticed with the S4.
quote: Wow, friction? I hope your drivetrain is not slipping that much. Friction is a force from two bodies sliding over one another. Your drivetrain parts should not be sliding against each other.
quote: The idea that AWD inherently reduces the power output of the engine is groundless, AFAIK.
quote: In fact, the last gen 5-Series/M5, 7-Series, Z and M3 all looked better than the current generation IMHO.