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.
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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.
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.