A couple of years ago we had a chance to tour the BMW Classic archives. A few miles away from the bright lights of the Welt, BMW Classic houses arguably a much more interesting collection of history. Some of it is just too weird or even too secret to see light of day at the famous BMW Museum. One of those secretive concept cars that’s tucked into a corner is what you see below – the precursor to the X2, X4 and X6.

This concept showed off a number of fascinating concepts that never made it to production including a trick roof and rear hatch that would allow for enormous versatility never seen before. Also of interest is how BMW designers tried to infuse the the life blood of sports car by using an entire Z4 interior inside. It’s a fascinating concept that clearly ended up influencing the X2, X4 and of course the X6.