Daimler Has X6 In Its X-Hairs
When BMW launched its X6 a few years ago, it was widely considered an abomination and a deviation from the true BMW way. Justin Berkowitz, while still working for TTAC, called it the BMW Xcreable X6 and claimed it was conceived while “a BMW X5 went out drinking with a Scion tC. They had way too much Jose Cuervo and yada yada yada…”
As it happened so often, the opinions of the experts were ignored by the market, and the X6 turned into a runaway success. Audi supposedly can’t stand on the sidelines. Now, Daimler is rumored to line up an X6 fighter of its own.
Sources at Daimler told Automotive News Europe [sub] that the company will lay up a fifth model at its Alabama plant. According to ANE, “the model will be a coupe-styled variant of the Mercedes-Benz M class SUV, with production likely to start as soon as 2015.”
The SUV-Coupe is supposed to take buyers away from BMW’s X6 built in Spartanburg, South Carolina. It is supposed to be called MLC,
MLC = Madonna Louise Ciccone
I see one of these every so often (near where that skank Nancy Pfottenhauer lives) when commuting to work. Every time I see one I think: WTF? Seriously, what the frak is up with that slow, ungainly, vehicle? It's tall, so it'll require very stiff spring and wide tires to handle decently, which means that the ride will suck compared to a sedan. It has a sloping hatch, which means that cargo (and rear seat headroom?) sucks, and it acts as a greenhouse. Who in their right mind would buy one of these monstrosities over a 5-series w/AWD? OK, there are at least 6000 people that would buy a Hyundai with a Liberace chandelier ($$$$$), but other than $$$$, why does BMW even offer this? Seriously, it dilutes their brand. On a side note, yes, I drive a BMW sedan.
"As it happened so often, the opinions of the experts were ignored by the market, and the X6 turned into a runaway success. Audi supposedly can’t stand on the sidelines. Now, Daimler is rumored to line up an X6 fighter of its own." -Who are these so-called "experts" that expect their bad reviews to really make a difference to what real buyers want? It's the same with the Jetta - the "experts" claim it's junk yet the people with actual money have made up their minds by opening their wallets. What makes someone an "expert" in these case?
Nobody wants to compare this to Crosstour yet?