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Clemson University reveals BMW Deep Orange 4 concept

Clemson University reveals BMW Deep Orange 4 concept image

Text: / Photos: Clemson University | posted August 07, 2014 12:02

Based on the BMW X3 model

Deep Orange 4 concept is a vehicle that targets the "niche market of performance-oriented SUV customers who want both best-in-class utility and space."

A cost-efficient manufacturing plant was developed for the Deep Orange 4 concept which details how a low-volume model could be assembled without impacting the existing BMW production processes.

"The ability to integrate more low-volume models without incurring capital- intensive retooling costs and efficiency losses will be key to success in the future. The students working on this phase of the project did an excellent job of keeping costs down while finding optimal integration opportunities," said Rich Morris, Vice President of Assembly, BMW Manufacturing.

With this, students from CU-ICAR transformed the trunk compartment of the BMW X3 to an open-bed configuration with the utility of a pickup truck. It has a power retractable glass rear window and a tailgate that splits for easy cargo loading.

Watch the videos posted below to see the transformation and the end result of the BMW Deep Orange 4 concept.