Engineering students from the Clemson University International Centre for Automotive Research and BMW have teamed up to create a one-off coupe/pickup concept based on the X3.
The concept is called Deep Orange 4, featuring a similar sloping roofline as the X4 with a power retractable glass rear window and a new split side opening tailgate, allowing easy access to the cargo bed.
With the Deep Orange 4 you can literally haul potted orange trees in the back, while maintaining the luxury interior, ride and performance of the X3.
Part of the work for students was also to create a low-cost manufacturing plan to produce up to 5,000 of the vehicles, and to keep the cost down so the price won’t be more than $8,000 above the current X3 sticker price.
Check out the videos below to see how the grad students did it: