By Christopher A. Sawyer
I remember being at BMW’s assembly facility in Spartanburg, South Carolina for the launch of the X6. The drive event took place on a dreary, rainy day with walls of fog in the hills up and down which we would drive, and most of the talk centered around the utter silliness of this coupe-like SUV. Though I will admit to liking underdog vehicles (I have an especially soft spot for the NSU Ro80), I was the only non-BMW person on the launch who thought the X6 made any sense. Unlike my colleagues, I saw it as a sport coupe SUV, sort of like a Mercedes CLS for the faux off-roader. It struck me as the perfect transport for the executive who wanted the high seating position of an off-road vehicle, but not the boxy styling, utilitarian image or even the off-road capability that comes with those vehicles.