Thursday 16 October 2014

The History of the BMW X6


Normally it's about paying respect. well that's  what normally has to be done when a successful car model is replaced by the new 'Kid' on the block. BMW X6 is certainly a successful model, nearly 240,000 units have been sold globally since it's unveil in 2007.

Trying to understand BMW's actual logic towards the plan to create their first Sports Activity Coupe is quite easy if someone only looks at the marketing and finance factors as the main motivators. However if someone looks at this from at a different angle, someone might see another story.

The mid-size luxury crossover was released for sale in April 2008. The whole industry was surprised because it created a new niche. In a way it was revolutionary for an SUV-like vehicle and paved the road not only for another BMW premium crossover, but also for competitors.

The BMW X6 was marketed as a Sports Activity Coupe by the German automaker, as it was combining the usual features of a sports utility vehicle (size, Ground clearance, large wheels and lots of space inside) combined together with the design cues before seen only on Coupes - a perfect mix of things. First and foremost, the X6 gives the customer base two options with this car, either it could be a vehicle used as a performance vehicle with some off-road capabilities, or as a fashion statement with the luxury status symbol and a comfortable long trip vehicle as well.

(E71 X6) Vs (F16 X6) - The development of the E71 began in 2003 under Peter Tuennermann, shortly after the start of the E70 X5 development in 2001. The design work by E70 X5 designer Pierre Leclercq was frozen in 2005, with tests mules being run from the summer of 2005 and prototypes being tested from late 2006. production began on December 3rd 2007. The BMW factories all across the world - namely Greer, South Carolina, United States, Kaliningard and Russia.

When testing was completed, the car headed for its first debut. As the concept model which debuted at the 2007 Frankfurt Auto Show and then as a production model that was officially unveiled at the 2008 North American international Auto show in Detroit and Montreal international Auto show.

The question is 'Was it successful' - The answer is 'Yes' the potential customer base gave high praises to the X6 for the design and comfort levels, while the pundits were pretty much stuck discussing the four-seat only option and the controversial exterior design.

The controversial and unpopular opinions around the BMW X6 have slowly started to fade, in part aided by the strong sales worldwide. The X6 became quite popular in the Middle East and Russia, also in some parts of the US.

BMW sold 26,580 X6 cars during the first year alone. The steadily grew in the upcoming years. However it doesn't come with a wide variety of engines, but the company was willing to add a more powerful power-plant giving birth to the first all-wheel M-developed car. BMW X6M.

the BMW X6M and X5M were the first vehicles from BMW M GmbH to have an xDrive all - wheel-drive system and automatic transmissions, but more profoundly these were the first crossovers in the high-performance market. The BMW X6M was unveiled at the 2009 New York Auto Show and it first went on sale in the 2010 model year.

While some conservative BMW fans were not pleased with the X6 M, the high-performance version certainly attracted a lot of attention. It features a twin scroll twin turbo version of the 4.4 - litre V8 BMW N63 engine with the cylinder-bank Comprehensive Manifold (CCM). The engine is rated 555PS (408kW; 547hp) at 600rpm and 680 N.m (500ib-ft) at 1500-5650rpm. this allows the SAC to accelerate from Zero to 60mph (0-97Km/h) in 4.5 seconds and achieve a 0-62mph (0-100Km/h) in 4.7 seconds.

The other features with the car include 6-speed M sports automatic transmission with aluminium pull-style paddles on steering wheel, M dynamic Mode feature, 10mm (0.4 in) lower adaptive drive suspension, 4-piston fixed callipers with 15.6' with a rotor at the front and a single piston floating callipers with 15.2' alloy wheels with 275/40R20 front and 315/35R20 run flat tires, hill descent control, special gills in the front fenders, 20-inch light-alloy wheels.

Until it was replaced by the brand new BMW F16 it reached 238,932 sales with 3,082 of those attributed to the X6M version. there was also a hybrid powered vehicle, a car that provided BMW with the insight and experience in developing dual mode solutions for such large and heavy vehicles. Meanwhile as experts all over the world tried and succeed in defeating this vehicle in some specific designed tests, this was and will be one of the more successful ventures the car-maker did in the last decade, providing a healthy boost in sales and plenty of lessons learned to be used in the feature.

By Beth Lloyd

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