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Why the BMW X Coupé Concept from 2001 was a groundbreaking car at NAIAS Detroit

Back in 2001 BMW showed a widely discussed Concept Car at the NAIAS in Detroit. It was groundbreaking for the hole industry.

BMW X Coupé Concept - NAIAS, Detroit in 2001

Back in 2001 – already 15 years ago! – BMW showed a widely discussed Concept Car – the BMW X Coupé.

Built on the chassis of the BMW X5, the aluminum-body of the X Coupé Concept was styled under the lead of BMW chief of design, Chris Bangle. For BMW it was a source of creative inspiration and produced a pioneering design experience.
While there were a lot of negative reviews back than, BMW did believe in the concept, and changed the hole industry!

BMW X Coupé Concept - NAIAS, Detroit in 2001

That is, because the BMW X Coupé Concept not only previewed the two years later introduced BMW 1-Series. It also hinted at the wave of Coupé-styled SUVs to come. And these vehicles, merging Coupé and Cross-Country sell pretty well today. For example, the first generation of the BMW X6 was sold more than 260.000 times. And its not only a success story for BMW. Last year, Mercedes as well as Jaguar and Aston Martin kind of copied the concept of the BMW X6 and showed their very own interpretation of a sporty SUV.

BMW X Coupé Concept - NAIAS, Detroit in 2001

BMW X Coupé Concept - NAIAS, Detroit in 2001

Now, in 2016, BMW shows the BMW X4 M40i as a world premiere. The newest BMW X4 is a grandchild of the Concept from 2001, and a great example of what BMW made out of the concept in terms of Design and technology during the last years.

Published: 9. January 2016

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Thomas Gigold has been writing about cars for more than ten years. He loves long road trips, is father of three and lives in Germany. Thomas is the Editor-in-chief at the MOTOR SHOW BLOG. Learn more.

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