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While automakers are keen on this fashionable cross-breeding, we're not particularly thrilled with the result.
Looking at the X6 from the outside, you immediately think sporty SUV.
If you took BMW's Z4, raised it up and lengthened the rear quarters to add two more doors, you would get something of the X6's profile.
When folks first happen upon BMW’s peculiarly proportioned X6, they can’t get over its skyscraper butt.
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Quite a departure from other BMW vehicles, the exterior styling is both loved and hated, depending on who you talk to.
It has been called an oddball, an outcast, a bender of genres. But whatever you call the BMW X6, which has elements of coupe, sedan, SUV, and sports car running through its hoses, you'll find it fits a niche you didn't know was there. As such, it competes with a wide range of vehicles, from the Land Rover Range Rover to the Infiniti FX and the Porsche Cayenne.
Above the beltline, the 2011 BMW X6 is an athletic, coupe-like hatchback or sedan. Below the beltline it's all high-riding SUV. Some people will love the combination, others won't. Inside, the design is much less controversial and much more conventional BMW, though the high-performance X6 M may take the carbon fiber-look panels a bit far. TheCarConnection.com notes that the high-mounted center console gives a tighter, closer feel to the cockpit than you might expect from a large vehicle.
The overall effect of the half-sport-coupe, half-SUV X6 is divisive: some find it macho, manly, and bold; others find it too much of too many things to be attractive at all. There isn't much grey area.
The 2011 BMW X6's dual-purpose design is controversial, with the question of its beauty (or lack thereof) still unsettled.