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      02-09-2011, 08:22 AM   #1
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New range of special options for the BMW X5 and X6 available spring 2011

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New range of special options for the BMW X5 and X6 available spring 2011
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New Options to be available:

* 20" Wheels
* BMW Apps
* Optional 3-Seat Rear seat configuration on the X6.


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Superior handling, commanding traction and characteristic styling are key contributors to the stand-out position the BMW X5 and BMW X6 models enjoy among the premium all-wheel-drive vehicles of their segment. Spring 2011 sees the introduction of specific additions to the range of special options to ratchet up the appeal even further. Among other features, new 20-inch light-alloy wheel rims are available for both models, while the choice of BMW ConnectedDrive technology has been augmented by the innovative BMW Apps feature. Meanwhile, a three-seater rear seat option making its debut in April 2011 adds greater flexibility to the usage of the interior of the BMW X6 Sports Activity Coupé, which started out as a four-seater model.

The new rear-seat variant is available for all BMW X6 models with the exception of the BMW ActiveHybrid X6, and can also be ordered for the BMW X6 M. The extra seat replaces the storage unit in the rear centre of the four-seater model. The five-seater Sports Activity Coupé is also optionally available in Nevada and Exclusive Nappa leather as well as BMW Individual Merino leather, encompassing the entire colour range. Another novelty is the operation of the standard eight-speed Sport automatic transmission. In future, the BMW X6 will feature shift paddles on the steering wheel whose operating logic follows the principle familiar from BMW M cars: for manual shifting of the eight-speed Sport automatic transmission, the right paddle is used for upshifts and the left for downshifts.

For the BMW X5 and BMW X6 alike, the choice of alloy wheels has been extended by a further option that positively enhances both the car’s dynamic cornering behaviour and its appearance. The 20-inch wheels in Y-spoke design and with a Black high gloss finish are combined with mixed tyres measuring 275/40 R 20 at the front and 315/35 R 20 at the rear. From spring 2011, Comfort Access – likewise available for both models – will include vicinity lighting integrated in the exterior door handles. In addition to automatic unlocking and activation of the ignition, this feature provides effective illumination of the car’s surroundings as soon as the electronic control of Comfort Access has recognised the car key carried by the driver.

Following directly on from the market launch, the extended range of BMW ConnectedDrive services also becomes available for the BMW X5 and the BMW X6. In future both models will be able to avail themselves of the BMW Apps special option. This feature enables owners of an Apple iPhone to stay in touch with the online services Facebook and Twitter while in the car, as well as receive radio stations from all over the world, irrespective of the car’s location, thanks to a web radio function. In addition to the current BMW ConnectedDrive application, customers will have a range of functions and apps available for free download at the Apple App Store.

With these latest innovations, BMW is systematically pursuing its ongoing product optimisation for these two models built at its US plant in Spartanburg. Most recently, last year’s market launch of the new BMW X5 and the comprehensive upgrading of the BMW X6’s drive technology gave a further boost to BMW’s success in this competitive environment. As well as the continued rise in BMW X5 sales in 2010, global growth in demand for the BMW X6 is also feeding the exceptional market success of the BMW X models. In just three years, more than 110,000 units of these Sports Activity Coupés have already been sold, 46,404 of them in 2010 alone. The BMW X5 posted worldwide sales of 102,178 units in the last business year.



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      02-09-2011, 09:17 AM   #2
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Looks "cosy" with three in the back
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      02-09-2011, 09:23 AM   #3
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yeah exactly....with three skinny ass people.
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      02-09-2011, 09:30 AM   #4
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looking forward to retrofitting the 3rd back seat, then I will have no regret for buying an X6 over the X5
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      02-09-2011, 09:57 AM   #5
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yeah exactly....with three skinny ass people.
LOL!
I rather have 2 people be comfortable and tell the 3rd to take a cab than drive people around like squeezed together like sardines in a can. But it's a good option if you have kids I guess.
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yeah exactly....with three skinny ass people.
+1
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      02-09-2011, 10:32 AM   #7
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Also, with the X6 there is no headroom for people sitting in the back, unless you're not very tall.
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      02-09-2011, 10:42 AM   #8
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Posted on the 7th of January 2011, how is it big news now?

http://www.xbimmers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=473358
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      02-09-2011, 10:50 AM   #9
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Hmmm...now I am getting interested...

If they would only announce the diesel option (for the US) then I would deff. get rid of my E70 for this...
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Looks like the girl is pretty much stuck in the middle.

It's too tight even for three skinny passengers. X5 FTW!
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looking forward to retrofitting the 3rd back seat, then I will have no regret for buying an X6 over the X5
Keep thinking that. You're in denial or in for a serious surprise !
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      02-09-2011, 12:37 PM   #12
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I'd rather have a 2 seater rear option on the X5 than a 3 seater rear option on the X6.
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      02-09-2011, 12:57 PM   #13
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Why are 20" wheels listed as a new option ?
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Why are 20" wheels listed as a new option ?
I was wondering the same, I think it is only because you can have the existing ones (Y 214) colored glossy black and BMW considers this a new option.

Do you think those wheels (Y 214) in glossy black would look good with space gray?
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I think the Black wheel fad has come and gone, IMHO. But some people are still very much into it. I personally like the wheels painted in Ferric Grey .
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I think the Black wheel fad has come and gone, IMHO. But some people are still very much into it. I personally like the wheels painted in Ferric Grey .
+1 but unfort those come only in 21" and are not available to order together with a car.
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About time they offer a rear bench seat.

Now the car is a little less pointless.
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With the BMW Apps being released in the newer production cars, would we be able to somehow retrofit to our older cars?
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I really don't understand the pointless comments directed at the X6, would adding another seat make a car less pointless? does the Z4 get branded pointless for only having two seats?
The pointless tag attached to the X6 stems from the laziest journalism and ignorance.
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Keep thinking that. You're in denial or in for a serious surprise !
I think BMW should have this option for the X6 when it first came out. Just like the 3rd row seats option for the X5.
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Optional 3-Seat Rear seat configuration on the X6:

a Good business decision, eventually.
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LOL!
I rather have 2 people be comfortable and tell the 3rd to take a cab than drive people around like squeezed together like sardines in a can. But it's a good option if you have kids I guess.
Finally I can seriously consider this car.

I would much rather have the option of having a 3rd seat option. 2 people are still pretty comfortable with only 2 sitting with the 3 seat option.

Why they didn't have this from the beginning is beyond me...
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