The xActivity show car has no roof, no B- or C-pillars, and no rear glass, but still bears a striking resemblance to the forthcoming X3.
Despite a one-inch shorter wheelbase, the xActivity has more cargo space than an X5 (17.7 cubic feet versus 16.4).
Rear styling is clean if not uninspiring. Taillights use light-emitting diodes, while the white center stripe do double duty as turn indicators and reverse lights.
Trademark BMW cues like the double-kidney grill and four round headlamps are easy to recognize.
Two bikes fit in the back when the rear seats are folded down.
The concept features a clever version of the X5‘s slide-out cargo tray that deploys automatically when the tailgate is lowered, easing the transfer of heavy or bulky items.
The interior has a few flaws, like a headlight switch near the shift lever, and an iDrive controller on the dash so that you have to lean forward to reach it.
Attempting to match the chameleon-effect bronze paint job, the interior designers opted for a mix of beige- and brown-toned accents.
The concept is fitted with BMW‘s familiar 225-horsepower, 3.0-liter in-line six cylinder engine. This engine, along with the 185-horse, 2.5-liter six, will power the production X3 when it reaches American dealerships.
While the front suspension and the steering rack have been adopted from the X5, the rear suspension is a modified version of the multi-link arrangement found in the all-wheel-drive 330xi.