The head of design for BMW says while sedans “will stay relevant”, they require an “evolution” to survive the SUV onslaught.

Domagoj Dukec, head of BMW Design, told Autoblog although the X-badged SUV/crossover line-up accounted for almost 60 percent of the Munich-based firm’s global sales in 2019, the saloon still had a major role to play.

"In the past, we sold only three-box cars. Now, almost 60 percent of our sales come from SAVs [sports activity vehicles, in BMW speak]," Dukec said.

He suggested the sedan would require an “evolution” of its body style.

"The 40:60 or 50:50 [sedan:SUV] split will remain, so yes, sedans will stay relevant. There also has to be a certain modernisation, or evolution, of the body style. It can't just be the classic three-box,” Dukec said.

“We see that in China they're asking for more elegance; maybe something like a two-and-a-half-box. This is something we are looking at," he revealed.