Those who don't quite know what it is might mistake it for a pregnant cow (especially in white), and those who know will wonder why you didn't just save the money for a better-equipped X5, instead. The car/crossover/"sports activity vehicle"/"sports activity coupe" I am referring to is none other than the current BMW X6.
Adding a coupe roofline to an X5 body may have made for an interesting idea for staffers to tinker with on a sketch board, but I cant help but wonder; were BMW's designers, engineers and execs so inescapably lost within the company's hubris that they couldn't see what was so wrong/ bring themselves to object to the vehicular Frankenstein they were crafting by the time the clay mockups were finished?
Since BMW began making X crossovers, they were not (by any means) great as off-roading or cargo-hauling rigs, nor were they ever the best things to hitch a small boat to. Instead, they became known for offering the closest to a sports-sedan's driving experience that any early crossover/ unibody-SUV had at the time, and many critics and owners may tell you that the X6 is the ultimate expression of that particular philosophy of building such vehicles.
And they wouldn't be wrong as it is a bit more athletic than its competitors and no one will accuse it of being sluggish, given the powertrain offerings for US models, but with the 4,700+lbs. of minimum unladen weight (xDrive35i model) sitting on the tires, it may not be as willing to dance through the corners at a grand tourer's pace, after a while. Kind of like the linebacker that could keep up with the tight end but would tire out much faster.
And at a starting price of $60,ooo ($5,000-$6,000 above the X5's sticker) this...
For all the fractional performance benefits this "answer to a question no one asked" provided, at $60,000+, why would BMW ever think people would consider buying this? This, the X6, fitted with the same dashboard as an X5, having a smaller interior than an X5, a cargo area that can barely hold 3 pieces of realistically-sized travel luggage, a body style with a limited view out the rear and a blind spot issue big enough to probably be the cause of this..
I cant think of a single justifying reason why the X6 would have been approved into production, in its current form. I mean, beyond the economic effects of having another model to share certain X5 components with and having the sheer gall to play upon the foolish among BMW owners/aspiring BMW owners' and their propensity to eat it all up at a premium.
To understand that BMW reportedly said no to the M1 Homage concept in late 2008, and decided to introduce the X6 within a year after that decision is even more infuriating to think of as an auto enthusiast.
But maybe I'm missing something here. Is there anything that redeems the X6's existence?