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The BMW xActivity Concept Vehicle

BMW presents the new xActivity concept at the North American International Auto Show 2003 in Detroit - an impressive concept vehicle whose badging gives an apt description of what it has to offer.

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1. The BMW xActivity Concept Vehicle - Summary. 2. The BMW xActivity Concept Vehicle - In Detail.

BMW will present the new xActivity concept at the North American International
Auto Show 2003 in Detroit - an impressive concept vehicle whose badging gives
an apt description of what it has to offer. This Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV)
serves as an example of how sporty driving dynamics, enormous versatility and
the inimitable pleasure of driving an open-top vehicle can be combined into
one. This all-wheel drive vehicle, a so-called "frame-structure convertible"
represents a completely new synthesis of various "fun factors". Moreover,
numerous cleverly thought-out details make the xActivity a versatile vehicle
and an ideal companion for active people who participate in outdoor activities
and need to transport their sports equipment with them.

This concept vehicle is a good example how BMW could execute a "Sports Activity
Vehicle" (SAV) without compromise. The perfect combination of sporty, dynamic
driving characteristics typical of BMW, a tremendously versatile range of uses
and a unique and impressive design. With the xActivity BMW is hinting at what
could be expected as the successful X family expands. The typical proportions
and design elements of BMW Sports Activity Vehicles form the basis for the
fresh and youthful appearance of the xActivity. Moreover, its designers have
made sure it possesses its very own individual qualities. From the
characteristic design language with alternating concave and convex surfaces, to
the unique interpretation of the double-kidney grille, twin headlights and
Hofmeister rear quarter window treatment, right up to the new rear section,
this vehicle shows that it is well equipped to match the appeal of the very
successful X5.

The typical BMW proportions using a long wheelbase and short overhangs help
give the xActivity its sporting, dynamic appearance. Strong bumpers and flared
wheel arches reflect the robustness and power expected of an SAV.

Probably the most striking feature of the xActivity is the roof concept.
Utilizing a so-called frame-structure convertible it combines the airy
lightness of a convertible with the strength of an SAV. Longitudinal members
on both sides run from the A-pillars to the rear end, and between them the
driver and passengers can get a dose of the sun and the wind enroute to their
outdoor activities. There are no B- or C-pillars, giving the xActivity a
particularly sporting character.

The concept vehicle underlines its high degree of functionality through
surprising attention to detail. The unconventional loading system in
particular does justice to the name "Sports Activity Vehicle". As soon as the
tailgate is opened, an ingenious system partially ejects the cargo, for example
two mountain bikes, from the loading area. This facilitates the unloading of
the bikes, so you can continue the driving experience on two wheels.

Inside the xActivity is also sporty and versatile, without compromising the BMW
typical comfort and individuality. The interior design continues with the
alternating concave and convex surface concept seen on the exterior, creating
an interior with a very modern appearance inside the vehicle. The intentional
use of light and shade reinforces the spacious interior. Exciting surface
finishes give character to the individual sections. Arranged in modular
fashion they produce a harmonious ambience, communicating both a sense of
action as well as well being. Vertical accents, for instance on the door
handles and the centre console, give the interior a generous and spacious
appearance appropriate for an outdoor vehicle. Intelligently designed control
elements such as single-button control of all air-conditioning functions
simplify the operation from the cockpit. And, of course the vehicle features
the "Command Position", BMW's high seating position, which is characteristic of
its Sports Activity Vehicles. T

his ensures that the driver gets that very special SAV driving feeling and
enjoys an excellent view of the surroundings.

State-of-the-art technologies underline the path-breaking character of this
concept vehicle: In the interior, for example, through the application of
so-called "smart materials", the seats themselves become control elements for
seat adjustment, thereby blending unobtrusively into the interior. These newly
developed pressure-sensitive materials are a designer's dreams come true, as
they enable him to create a perfect synthesis of design and function.

The selection of materials and colours reflect the wide spectrum of uses for
the xActivity: The exterior features refined, high-gloss surfaces combined
with numerous matt-finished elements, which promise robustness and durability
even in severe driving conditions. The body colour "Bronze Moss" changes
between bronze, green and blue-grey, depending on the light, reflecting the
xActivity's versatility. The materials chosen for the interior combine
elegance with sportiness, but are ready to withstand any weather condition as
needed. Natural cowhide has been combined with flexible, water-resistant
materials and seat covers made of neoprene. In order to match the exterior,
the colour scheme used inside the vehicle incorporates carefully selected
beige, olive and grey colour tones, which also grant the interior a modern,
avant-garde appearance.

The agility and dynamics promised by the design are of course amply supported
by the technology incorporated in this 4.55 metre long vehicle. The widely
acclaimed BMW 3.0-litre straight 6-cylinder engine delivering 170kW/231 bhp and
a beefy torque of 300 Nm guaranties driving fun on all roads. Its spontaneous
power begins at low engine speeds, meaning that the xActivity boasts superior
performance even on steep grades. Due to the responsive, fast-revving engine
the xActivity becomes an athletic performer when set loose on the open road.
Power is transmitted by means of a manual gearbox to generously sized wheels
with 245/45 tyres at the front, 275/40 tyres at the rear, each on 18'' rims.
The well-tuned suspension and a low centre of gravity ensure quick handling and
a very high degree of agility in all driving situations. Even the most
challenging of winding roads becomes a pleasure to tackle.

In addition to this, the xActivity's BMW all-wheel drive - like the X5 - has
another very special feature: A special programme in the control electronics
automatically ensures that each wheel is allowed the precise amount of slip
needed to provide fast progress on loose surfaces. However, those not driving
on such poor roads also benefit from this unique development. When, for
example, deep snow forces some vehicles to a halt, the xActivity has much
better traction and a higher probability of bringing its driver and passengers
surely and safely to their destination.

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The values for fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and energy consumption shown were determined in a standardised test cycle according to the European Regulation (EC) 715/2007 in the version currently applicable. The figures refer to a vehicle with basic configuration in Germany and the range shown considers transmission (automatic or manual) and the different wheels and tyres available on the selected model and may vary during the configuration.

The values of the vehicles labelled with (*), are already based on the test cycle according to the new WLTP regulation and are translated back into NEDC-equivalent values in order to allow a comparison between vehicles. More information on the transition from NEDC to WLTP test procedures can be found here.

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