How much I loathe the BMW X6

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.

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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.

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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...

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is...

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just...

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pitiful.

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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..

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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.

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But maybe I'm missing something here. Is there anything that redeems the X6's existence?

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