(from BMW Group Press
Relase) BMW Concept X6
Description in Brief.
• Concept innovation of the world’s first Sports Activity Coupé.
• As the founder of the Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) segment, BMW
is now once again presenting a new, consistently developed concept.
• The most sporting and dynamic interpretation of a BMW X model,
with the emphasis above all on the car’s active driving potential.
Superior driving dynamics taken up by typical BMW design language
and authentically visualised in the car’s design.
• Extravagant body design combining the sporting elegance of a
BMW Coupé with the striking DNA of BMW X.
• Clear orientation to the wheels, generous ground clearance and
extra-large wheel arches give BMW Concept X6 the powerful presence
so characteristic of a BMW X model.
• BMW Concept X6 is the first car in the world to feature Dynamic
Performance Control for unique directional stability and precision
under all driving conditions as well as BMW’s intelligent xDrive
• The powerful presence of the car’s body merges smoothly and
harmoniously with the low-slung roof of the greenhouse. This
flowing roofline is indeed a characteristic element of the coupé
silhouette, just like the short front overhang, the long wheelbase
and long rear overhang.
• In its design, BMW Concept X6 expresses all the DNA so
of BMW X. The optical balance of the front and rear wheels clearly
visible from the side bears convincing testimony to BMW’s
• The second dominating element in the design of the body is the
clear orientation to the car’s wheels, muscular wheel arches and
large wheels providing a particularly impressive look and sign of
• The exterior is characterised by exciting interaction of convex
and concave surfaces.
• The side contour line rising up dynamically to the rear and the
growing distance between the shoulder and the sill-line as the car
moves to the back generate a dynamic wedge shape.
• The striking front view with clear focus on the car’s width bears
out the expression so typical of a BMW X model. This powerful look
is further enhanced by the extra-large BMW kidney grille serving as
the air intake with robust slats, the headlights cut in a sharp
profile, and clear accentuation of the side panels highlighting the
flared contours of the wheel arches. The large air intakes, in turn,
characterise the significant demand for cooling air in the engine,
make the car look longer and underline its sporting character also
from the front.
• The engine compartment lid comes with clear contours subdivided by
sharp lines tapering out towards the BMW kidney grille. The elegant
look created in this way is also characterised by bumper elements
finished in body colour with discreet plastic appliqués in the
typical style of a
BMW X model.
• The unique design of the D-pillars expresses sheer power and
stability, the innovative design of the rear lights emphasising the
width of the
car. Positioned far to the outside, the exhaust tailpipes and
horizontal lines of BMW Concept X6 accentuate the wide track of the
• The dark paintwork standing out clearly form the chrome elements
symbolises the sporting and technical character of BMW Concept X6,
with sophisticated highlights being added by the sill trim at the
the chrome-coloured slats, the foglamps with their special surrounds
in the outer air intakes, as well as the chrome-plated tailpipes.
• The underfloor protection front and rear is made of milled
• White direction indicator lines are integrated in the rear lights
and the special night design of BMW Concept X6 is characterised by
light bodies with a homogeneous light effect.
Debut of the World’s First
Sports Activity Coupé:
The BMW Concept X6.
Inventing the Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV), BMW has established a
highly innovative and, indeed, trendsetting segment in the
And now the time is ripe for another brand-new concept: The Sports
Activity Coupé combining an elegant, dynamically flowing roofline
with the typical features of a BMW X model – a truly fascinating
combination now borne out for the first time in the guise of BMW
Presenting this concept car, BMW is proudly demonstrating the vision
a unique vehicle developing the striking design language of BMW X
cars with a clear and consistent focus on sportiness and elegant
BMW Concept X6 captures the eyes of the beholder through its highly
innovative combination of design and concept features. The car
combines four doors and a dynamically flowing coupé roofline with a
high sill-line, muscular wheel arches, and a strong centre of
gravity positioned right in the middle and making a clear reference
to four-wheel-drive technology.
The result is a unique vehicle clearly presenting the DNA of a BMW X
model but interpreting the character of such a vehicle in a unique
and truly sporting manner. The design of BMW Concept X6 is the
of outstanding driving qualities borne out by the car mainly through
BMW’s intelligent xDrive technology as well as Dynamic Performance
Unique, aesthetic look: dynamic coupé line and the typical
features of a BMW X model.
The front end of BMW Concept X6 is dominated by highlights in design
clearly symbolising the car’s dynamic orientation to the road. From
in turn, the proportions are definitely elegant, the short front
body overhang emphasising the dynamism of the car, the long overhang
at the rear, its stretched and sleek look. The long line of the
engine compartment lid merges smoothly and gently into the elegantly
rising A-pillars, the greenhouse moved far to the back and the
roofline tapering out clearly and consistently from
the B-pillars interacting with the high window line to provide low
and, indeed, almost flat window graphics.
The roofline, in turn, flows down gently to the rear spoiler,
finally moving up again slightly in a small upward swing perfecting
the overall line of a coupé and at the same time optimising the
car’s aerodynamic qualities.
The dynamically stretched side lines highlight the aesthetic effect
of this concept car, with BMW Concept X6 obtaining its impressive
presence clearly through the unique combination of these lines and
the design elements
of a BMW X car.
Apart from the high window line, the large wheel arches and the
centre of gravity visibly in the middle of the car, particularly
this distinctive and powerful interaction of convex and concave
surfaces, of the muscular side-sills with running boards made of
drilled aluminium beneath the doors and the strong underfloor
protection elements front and rear also made of aluminium
express all the genuine DNA of BMW X.
Consistent focus on sporting performance.
BMW Concept X6 combines the design features so typical of a BMW X
model with a truly individual, aesthetic look. In its character and
design, this concept
car stands out clearly from BMW’s highly successful SAV models,
the core features of those models provide a strong and sound
the development of a unique personality in the guise of BMW Concept
as the Sports Activity Coupé.
With its impressively dynamic driving characteristics, the BMW X5
already excels as a true exception in its segment, and was indeed
the forerunner creating the entire segment in the first place. Now
BMW Concept X6 provides a clear impression of how an even more
consistent focus on sporting performance in this class is able to
set standards once again.
Through its design alone, this new concept car arouses the greatest
expectations of the driving experience in a Sports Activity Coupé,
bearing out the robustness and superior traction of a BMW X model in
combination with dynamic driving qualities never seen before in this
segment of the market.
World debut: Dynamic Performance Control in BMW Concept X6.
Dynamic Performance Control making its world debut in BMW Concept X6
provides ideal qualities for experiencing new dimensions in driving
dynamics. This drivetrain and chassis control system, combined with
BMW’s intelligent xDrive all-wheel drive technology, offers a truly
unique standard of driving stability in every situation, benefiting
both driving dynamics and safety at the same time.
Dynamic Performance Control, a truly innovative system, spreads out
drive forces as required in all situations, feeding a varying degree
of power whenever required to the two wheels at the rear.
Dynamic Performance Control is the only system of its kind in the
world able to provide its stabilising effect both under power and
with the engine in overrun.
As soon as the system detects possible over- or understeer of the
vehicle, for example in a bend, it will vary the distribution of
drive forces between the wheels for perfect stability, dynamic
traction, and forward motion. And in the process Dynamic Performance
Control improves driving stability at all speeds, this unique
chassis and suspension innovation ensuring not only safe traction
when setting off and precise control when entering a bend, but also
higher lateral acceleration and optimum directional stability when
accelerating out of the bend.
BMW – setting the standard in a dynamically growing market
Launching BMW Concept X6, BMW is once again proving the company's
outstanding competence in the development of new car concepts.
First, this fascinating study shows how the range of BMW X models
highly successful the world over might be extended by yet another
exclusive version; second, BMW Concept X6 presents the possibility
to experience the sporting performance so typical of the brand in
entirely new style and with brand-new features. The highly
innovative Sports Activity Coupé created in this way
is therefore once again paving the way into a dynamically growing
BMW Concept X6 is beyond comparison with any existing series
production vehicle the world over. But at the same time it creates
clear references and associations through its unique, sophisticated
design, the world’s first Sports Activity Coupé guiding the fantasy
of the particularly demanding motorist in
a clearly defined direction: this car promises driving dynamics in a
dimension never seen before.
Yet a further point is that BMW Concept X6, through its extravagant
and appearance, opens up very tempting perspectives for the future,
Sports Activity Coupé boasting design ideally suited to prove
style and character.
Unique, innovative – and BMW all the way.
BMW Concept X6 is unique and brand-new in the world of the
automobile. But it nevertheless stands out as a genuine BMW at first
sight, all design features of this concept study clearly reflecting
the particular language of BMW design. Indeed, through its design
language alone BMW Concept X6 makes a number of clear and highly
recognisable statements simply because they are quite unique in this
constellation: The car expresses sporting elegance, superior
presence and stylish extravagance as well as the symbiosis of
superior power and outstanding robustness so characteristic of a BMW
X car and now enhanced to a significantly higher standard in BMW
Clear orientation towards the product features characterising the
concept of a Sports Activity Coupé gives BMW Concept X6 a
fascinating look right from the start. Through its design alone,
this car expresses the features essential to such an innovative
vision of a completely new car. Conversely, this design principle
now arouses the expectation that a BMW Sports Activity Coupé may
well develop precisely the outstanding sportiness and superior power
on the road and offroad clearly borne out by this concept study.
So it is precisely the unique features of the vehicle that lead to
its unmistakable design. And it is this authentic design so typical
of a BMW which gives the BMW Concept X6 its individual style and
character and also reflects the image of the brand. In other words –
only BMW is able to create a Sports Activity Coupé, and BMW Concept
X6 shows what such a car must look like.
Front end with dynamic orientation to the road.
BMW Concept X6 stands out clearly as a genuine BMW from every angle.
This is ensured primarily by the sculptural shape and design of the
car characteristic of all BMW X models, the front, side and rear
areas merging smoothly into one another, the car’s shapes and
surfaces forming one common unit.
Individual details also bear out the design so typical of the BMW
brand, ranging from the BMW kidney grille with its dual round
headlights cut away
at the side and the powerful contour line along the flanks of the
all the way to the horizontal lines accentuating the sheer width of
Like on the BMW X5, the fundamental look and impression of the front
area of this concept car symbolises powerful presence right from the
start. But given the large share of surfaces finished in body
colour, the front end nevertheless creates an impression of lower
height, emphasising the dynamic, road-going orientation of this
Sports Activity Coupé.
The DNA of BMW X is also to be admired on the engine compartment lid
and the structure of the almost vertical BMW kidney grille, with its
slats finished in high-quality titanium colour. In addition, clear
signs of distinction to be admired in many details serve to
accentuate the sporting potential of this high performer.
Large air intake scoops positioned far to the outside not only bear
testimony to the cooling requirements of an engine one can rightly
expect to be particularly powerful, but also show a clear
orientation, together with the side panels extending far to the
inside beyond the headlights, to the wheels, emphasising how stable
the car is on the road.
The air intakes are split horizontally by chrome-coloured bars also
supporting the surrounds on the round foglamps. The contour of the
central air intake, finally, is characterised by lines oriented to
the outside, again providing a clear optical orientation to the road
Through their design sharply cut across at the top, the dual round
headlights typical of BMW express a particularly intense and focused
look. Hence, the entire vehicle will appear to be concentrating even
more on the road ahead. The outer contours of the headlight units,
in turn, extend far into the side panels, making the front overhang
look shorter than it really is and giving the vehicle an even more
sporting and dynamic appearance from the side.
Side view: characteristic wedge shape, dynamic roofline.
The unique proportions of BMW Concept X6 are particularly clear from
the side, the gently tapering roofline and the long body overhang at
giving the car its stretched and sleek coupé silhouette.
The roofline itself reaches its highest point directly behind the
steering wheel, highlighting the driver' position and creating an
effect most appropriate for
the extravagant design of BMW Concept X6. The chrome surrounds on
the side windows, in turn, made of one piece, accentuate the sheer
of the vehicle, while the absence of pillars dividing the side area
gives the window graphics a completely homogeneous look making the
entire vehicle appear lighter and almost transparent.
The counter-flowing line at the bottom of the D-pillar so
characteristic of BMW and well-known to the connoisseur as the
“Hofmeister kick” stands out clearly towards the rear of the window
frame, while slender plastic protection panels at the bottom edge of
the bumpers, the side-sills and wheel arches discreetly allude to
the robust character of BMW Concept X6.
The side-walls are split by two intuitively contoured lines merging
slightly towards one another at the front of the car and thus
creating a wedge shape signalising the forward-pushing motion of BMW
The contour line extending to the rear at the level of the door
openers comes out particularly clearly, emphasising the dynamic
wedge shape of the car further accentuated by the growing distance
between the shoulder line and the sill-line towards the rear end
extending all the way to the rear lights to give the entire vehicle
an even sleeker and more stretched-out look.
The second character line runs parallel to the side-sills, half-way
the contour and the sill-line. Both front and rear, this second
character line ends where the large and muscular wheel arches bulge
strongly out of
the side panels.
Reflecting the usual style and character of a BMW X model, the wheel
arches are almost square in their contours, offering sufficient
space for light-alloy rims measuring no less than 21 inches, with
Y-spoke design created specifically
for BMW Concept X6.
The exterior mirrors on BMW Concept X6 likewise come in brand-new,
innovative design. They are made up of two units with a
white-glistening strip of lights between the lower unit finished in
body colour and the upper
section of the mirror cap made of aluminium. This row of lights
supplements the corona rings in the headlights so typical of BMW and
serving as daytime driving lights.
BMW Concept X6 provides particularly powerful interaction of concave
and convex surfaces between the characteristic lines of the side
panels. The play of light and shade created in this way gives the
entire vehicle an unusually muscular look, visualising the agility
so typical of a Sports Activity Coupé in a particularly fascinating
manner. And the generous surfaces also emphasise the powerful
presence of the vehicle, while the elegant lines structuring these
surfaces are a clear expression of its elegance.
Strong shoulders and powerful roadholding distinguishing the
The rear end of BMW Concept X6 offers a fascinating combination of
elegance, sportiness and robustness in one smooth and harmonious
symbiosis. The muscular bumper and the protective underfloor panel
are classic design elements of a BMW X car. In addition, the
proportions typical also of a coupé are borne out here in design
language again characteristic
of BMW X, with the greenhouse featuring an unusually angled rear
window tapering out to the rear.
The stable grip on the road emphasised by the powerful rear section
is expressed above all by the equally powerful and elegant shoulder
sections, another feature typical of a coupé being the rear lid
integrating a striking
air flow contour lip.
The entire rear end is split and characterised by horizontal lines
making the rear end look even wider and emphasising the powerful
stance of the car
on the road, in the process creating attractive interplay of convex
and concave surfaces.
The rear end reaches its full width in the area of the wheel arches,
two exhaust tailpipes positioned far to the outside and featuring
high-quality surrounds together with a trapezoidal contour guiding
the eyes of the beholder to the wheels.
The distinctive light edge along the lower section of the bumper
yet a further highlight referring in particular to the ground
BMW Concept X6 so typical of a BMW X car. Again, it is details of
this kind that characterise the exclusivity and refined nature of
the world’s first
Sports Activity Coupé.
The rear lights, in their design, likewise reflect the unique
BMW Concept X6, re-interpreting the L-shape so typical of BMW’s X
models and adding a dynamic, sweeping line. Extending far into the
side walls, the rear lights again express the full width of the car
also through its night design.
Extravagance and dynamic design for a unique driving experience.
In its design and looks, BMW Concept X6 sets new standards and
leaves a lasting impression, the concept study presenting brand-new
options in expressing sportiness and modern elegance. Creating a car
which combines the dynamic lines of a coupé with the superior power
and refined robustness of a BMW X car, BMW is once again entering
new terrain in the market segment of all-wheel-drive luxury cars,
where the BMW X5 has already shown how dynamic driving qualities may
well become a decisive criterion in a new segment. The BMW X3 then
added outstanding agility as a further factor
for success, and now BMW Concept X6 stands for the ongoing
continuation of these priorities.
Despite its consistently sporting orientation, BMW Concept X6
full character of a BMW X model, which indeed makes this concept
study particularly appealing. Hence, BMW Concept X6 features not
only the dynamic flair of a coupé, but also four doors, a large rear
lid and a wide range of attributes, that is all the fortes of a BMW
X model. And it is precisely
this combination that expresses the extravagance and thrill of a
car concept as well as the innovative power of the BMW brand.