The X6 has made its way to the Chicago Auto Show. From what I understood, it is the same car that was officially revealed at the Detroit Auto Show. The X6 that is displayed here, it’s actually debadged but from speaking with a BMW official, it is actually the high-end model, the xDrive50i, powered by the twin-turbo V8 engine that outputs over 400 horsepower. My first impression was how wonderful this car is, and up to a point, the X6 lives up to the expectations. The exterior design is truly remarkable even though it resembles a little bit the FX series from Infiniti.
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I won’t get into many details right now since we’re on a run, but one small observation: the interior is really small. I expected something bigger inside, closer to the X3 or the X5, but boy, was I wrong?! While there is still plenty of room upfront, even for someone as tall as myself, 6’2″, the headroom space in the back is really limited. Someone with my height will barely fit in there, there is probably 2 inches difference between my head and the roof. So basically, someone at least 6’4″ will have a really hard time fitting in there. It is expected in a way, since the X6 is supposed to be a crossover coupe.
There is still plenty of space for 2 people in the back and maybe a third one, if really needed. The display model comes with all the whistles and bells, including a DVD entertainment system in the back.
And here is something to remember: BMW has no plans to bring a diesel version to the U.S. At this point, the only diesel models planned for this year and next year are the 335d and the X5d. And this info comes down from a high ranking BMW official.
Also, according to Mr. Thomas Plucinsky, Product and Technology Communications Manager at BMW, the most exciting thing about the X6 is the handling and the joy of driving. It seems that this will be the main selling point and that’s what the ads and marketing campaign will focus on.