- The Washington Times - Friday, February 1, 2008

THE HAGUE — The BMW X6 made its world debut at the recent Detroit auto show. With the new model, BMW introduces a new segment of Sports Activity Coupes.

Technically we would say it’s a crossover. Just like Mercedes-Benz crossed a luxury limo with a coupe to create the CLS, BMW has crossed a large coupe with a powerful X-model.

The coupe design, with four doors and five sculpted seats, defines itself with the higher stance and an adamant undaunted image.

The BMW X6 will arrive on the market with a choice of two models: the xDrive 50i with a 4.4-liter V-8 engine with 400 horsepower and 450 pounds-feet of torque and the xDrive 35i with a 3.0-liter I-6 with 300 horsepower and 300 pounds-feet of torque, both with twin turbo and direct injection. For Europe BMW will also offer two diesel engines.

Of course, X means that the X6 comes standard with BMW’s x-Drive all-wheel-drive with electronic controlled variable distribution of drive power.

The X6 is the first car with standard Dynamic Performance Control (DPC) that ensures variable distribution of drive forces between the two rear wheels and can help steer the vehicle by directing torque to either of the rear wheels. The unique technology enhances steering precision and serves to improves stability of the vehicle.

The X6 offers a comfortable interior and a well sized luggage compartment of 20 cubic feet that can be extended to 51.2 cubic feet by folding the backrests of the rear seat down. Expect a luxury standard equipment and exclusive options such as a four zone automatic air conditioning, active seat ventilation, HUD head up display and a rear view camera.

The new BMW will arrive on the German market by the end of May and is expected in North America as a 2009-model later in the year.

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