Rumor: BMW X6 to be offered with a 3-seat rear bench

Rumors | May 17th, 2010 by 16
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Our sources are working hard these days and the latest news from Munich is that BMW will offer the X6 with a 3-seat rear bench. …

Our sources are working hard these days and the latest news from Munich is that BMW will offer the X6 with a 3-seat rear bench. Currently, BMW  fitted the Sports Activity Coupe with a pair of rear buckets divided by a study center console with a cubby and cupholders.

The rear seats are currently only capable of accommodating two passengers, since the large rear center console is not removable. While the bucket seats are comfortable and supportive, legroom and headroom feel a bit cramped.

Based on our own experience and other automotive journalists’ reviews, longer journeys aboard the X6 can become uncomfortable, especially for someone over 6 feet tall.

Rumor: BMW X6 to be offered with a 3 seat rear bench

The addition of an optional 3-seat rear bench will most likely make its way into the usual facelifted model that is released mid-way into the production cycle.

No other information are available at the moment, but we are working on getting more details.

Updated with a quote from Jim O’Donnell, CEO of BMWNA:

The X6 has surpassed our expectations–double what we originally thought in terms of segment share. We’re closing in on 100,000 vehicles in two years. We only offered it with two rear seats, and we have changed that and will offer an optional bench seat, but not in the 2011 model year. We would have sold more cars if we had the bench–it will be 70 percent of the volume. The consumer wanted that, and we thought he didn’t.

  • Nicolas

    3 Seat rear bench is avalaible in germany as an Individual option. You have to pay over 4000 Euros for it.

    • vlada

      Hi Nicolas,
      please let me know some adress where I can order 3seat rear bench. In this case what about number of passanger registration 4 or 5?

      Thanks in advance,
      Greetings Vlada

      • http://www.rallyedesign.com.br Tony Perrone

        Prezados, fabricamos um banco traseiro específico p/ BMW X-6, onde é instalado no lugar do console central, sem adaptações.
        Att.,
        Tony

    • Jada Thomas

      Hi is there a way to see it many ppl in the US are looking for the 3Seat Bench that is the only reason I didn’t buy one myself. Thank you Jada

    • Jada Thomas

      Hi is there a way to see it many ppl in the US are looking for the 3Seat Bench that is the only reason I didn’t buy one myself. Thank you Jada

  • Giom

    I don’t know how you can call the rear cramped. I sat in the back after I had adjusted the front seat for my lenth (6 foot), and I was very comfortable. It’s not spacious, but it isn’t cramped either. I’ve read a lot of reviews where they called it cramped, but after ‘testing’ it for myself, I’m convinced that it is big enough.

    If you want bigger, get a GT!

  • brassneck

    Jesus its called an X5 don’t f**k up the best car you make guys :/

  • Laszlo

    it’s about time… an independent company made a 3rd seat a year ago but they could not get it DOT/EPA certified due to the lack of seat belt.
    Its always a downfall of many vehicles in this category to have only 4 seat.

    MB R-class – 4+2 and a failure
    Chrysler Pacifica – 4+2 = failure

    people need the 5th seat. I would never buy a 4 seater as many times I need that 5th seat and that would be the end of the practicality.

    to brassneck – if you think that made the car cool and a 5th seat will F.. up that car then I’m sorry. a lack of an extra rear seat never made anything cool. if thats the best you found in the X6 that it has only 4 seat then you have a problem.
    The X5 is a totally different character with 7seats and real cargo cap. its like comparing a hatchback to a station wagon.

  • TB

    Jim O’Donnell (BMWUSA CEO) said the following for a certain media:

    “The X6 has surpassed our expectations–double what we originally thought in terms of segment share. We’re closing in on 100,000 vehicles in two years. We only offered it with two rear seats, and we have changed that and will offer an optional bench seat, but not in the 2011 model year. We would have sold more cars if we had the bench–it will be 70 percent of the volume. The consumer wanted that, and we thought he didn’t.”

    So, rear bench seat option is coming. I guess with the X6 LCI next year.

  • jocamryn

    Brassneck is right ~ Get an X5

    X6 is a niche market car, let’s keep it that way

  • dmlgc

    I think this is not really about people being cramped in the back but more about people that have children.

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  • http://www.rallyedesign.com.br Tony Perrone

    Dear friends,
    We manufacture a Back Seat in Brazil specifically for BMW X-6, which is installed in place of the rear console. No need to stick the car as it uses the original drilling of the vehicle. We have all colors of leather. Contact us. Tony Perrone, Rallye Design, Sao Paulo, Brazil

  • http://www.rallyedesign.com.br Tony Perrone

    Guys, please visit our website http://www.rallyedesign.com.br, and you will find comfort solution for your BMW X-6. Regards to all. Tony Perrone (tony.perrone @ ig.com.br)

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