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The 2020 BMW X6 Debuts: A Category Pioneer, Version 3.0

We discover the new 2020 BMW X6, the third-generation edition of the model that started the wave of Sport Activity Coupes from the German automaker

German automaker BMW first showed the results of its curious idea of combining the qualities of a utility model with those of a sports car back in 2007, at the Frankfurt auto show. The model it displayed there was a concept vehicle called the X6. Clearly and intentionally an offshoot of the X5 SUV, the new X6 concept was also clearly intended for an eventual production version. BMW had already demonstrated a willingness to explore new vehicle categories.

In that case, BMW had, without realizing it, invented a new sub-category out of thin air with this X6, a vehicle that was a little less ‘utility’ and a lot more ‘sport’. BMW called it a Sport Activity Coupe (SAC).

The BMW X6 hit the market in 2008 as a 2009 vintage, and, contrary to its first rival in this nascent segment, the Acura ZDX first unveiled at the 2009 Detroit auto show, it quickly established itself thanks to its esthetic qualities and for its overall design, which left few people indifferent.

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