Clemson Students Create Innovative BMW Utility Concept
Ease of Production, Low Cost Primary Goals of Project
We all love concept cars, especially when they have a chance at series production. But all too often, considerations of cost and ease of manufacturing are thrown out the window when imaginations run wild. However, that wasn’t the case in Clemson University’s Deep Orange 4 project based on a BMW X3. The project was a collaborative effort of students in Clemson’s International Center for Automotive Research (ICAR).
One of the primary objectives of the project was for the team to lay out a cost-efficient manufacturing plan that detailed how a theoretical low-volume model could be added to regular series manufacturing, without negatively impacting the logistics of series production of “regular” models.
We dig the rear Dutch doors and retracting rear hatch, similar to the GMC Envoy XUV model, allowing for tall and unwieldy items to be carried in the rear cargo area. As the saying goes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but we think this concept is better looking than either the XUV or the Avalanche. In fact, from a distance, it looks not a whole lot different than the recently introduced BMW X4.
If BMW is listening, we’d suggest hiring some of the students from this team for an internship or full-time job offers to make some true sport utility vehicles.
Source: Clemson University