Published on September 11th, 2019 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


BMW 4 Concept shows the new face of the 4-Series

This concept could easily be reality in the next year or so

BMW has just made a big ‘splash’ at the 2019 IAA show in Frankfurt with the unveiling of this sexy looking BMW Concept 4. This car is a future-focused interpretation of the BMW Group’s enduring DNA that represents the magic of coupe driving at its most exciting.

The new face of the 4 Series range

The BMW Concept 4 hovers close to the road.The distinctive kidney grille, remarkable air intakes and prominently sculptedsurfaces provide an immediate advert for the car’s performance and its engagingcharacter as a driver’s car.

Grabbing the attention at the heart of the front end is the vertical kidney grille. The vertically oriented grille fits seamlessly into both the proportions of the front end and BMW’s illustrious past. Indeed, its form and design reference legendary classics such as the BMW 328 or the BMW 3.0 CSi and therefore shine the spotlight on the BMW brand’s long and successful history as a maker of fine coupes.

The kidney grille is also home to someelaborate details. The grating itself contains horizontal trim elements with afaceted cut which create a neat contrast against the sporty design of the frontend and lend depth and exclusivity to the grille. Look closer and anotherhighlight is revealed: the intricate grating within the kidneys and airintakes, which is made up of an array of small “number 4s” joinedtogether.

The slim and focused twin headlights areslightly angled and team up with the kidney grille to lend the front end amodern look with a strong identity. The striking LED light elements have noglass cover; instead they are worked into the body like three-dimensionalsculptures. This allows them to bring an even greater sense of modernity andtechnical sophistication to the front end. The sharply contoured bonnet extendsthe lines of the front end through powerful volumes and edging of precision.The bold surfacing frames the kidney grille like a gemstone.

The aestheticessence of a modern BMW coupe

The BMW Concept 4 displays BMW’s signatureproportions at their most modern form yet. The stretched bonnet, longwheelbase, flowing roofline and short overhangs create a modern, elegant anddynamic coupe outline and send energy coursing through the low-slung body evenwhile it’s standing still. Within the silhouette, the ultra-pure surfaces ofthe new BMW Concept 4 form a powerful main body.

The interplay of tautly chiselled volumesand a small number of extremely precise contours create a rare sense of emotionand dynamism. The expressive exterior paint tone Forbidden Red accentuates thecar’s surfaces particularly vividly; those in the light at any one time projecta rich, glossy red, while shade creates an almost black effect and a strikingcontrast. The interaction of contours and volumes therefore exude a dramaticsense of radiance and depth.

The athletic body incorporates a slenderglasshouse with a narrow window aperture, which further emphasises the dynamismof the side. The long, sweeping roofline flows smoothly into the boot lid,giving the rear end a high-class and sporty aesthetic. The bulging rear wheelarches lend visual expression to the power coursing through the rear wheels andaccentuate the muscular shoulders higher up. The slender area above the frontwheels, meanwhile, strikes a neat dynamic balance. Its tempered volumes enhancevisual agility and lightness. Together, the two sets of wheel arches give thenew BMW Concept 4 a powerful and confident stance.

A horizontal main line between the wheelarches takes the place of a classical contour line in shaping the character ofthe flanks. It runs relative low down along the side of the car, creating a lowvisual centre of gravity. Further down, another character line risesdynamically from the rear of the front wheels towards the boot lid, bringingextra agility into the mix.

Sophisticateddetails at second glance

Look at the BMW Concept 4 more closely andfurther classy details are revealed. The minimalist, two-section exteriormirrors emerge harmoniously out of the weather strips. The lower section inpolished aluminium extends the weather strip in a flowing movement and becomesa mirror surface, while the aerodynamically optimised rear section is in bodycolour and rounds off the design of the mirrors in dynamic fashion. On theinside of the mirrors is an apparently floating BMW logo, which only comes tolight on more detailed inspection.

The light-alloy wheels of the BMW Concept 4are equally rich in detail. The 21-inch items represent a heavily “dished”take on the sporty five-spoke design, drawing the eye into their centre-points.The fronts of the intricate spokes have a high-polished finish, while theset-back surfaces are finely ground to create a slightly darker effect and givethe rim design a sophisticated contrast.

The clear,eye-catching, dynamic rear end

The rear of the BMW Concept 4 sits low overthe road, as befits a sporty car. The character line transitions from theflanks into the rear end in a broad, horizontal sweep and visually reduces thecoupe’s height off the ground even further. Picking up where the front end leftoff, generously sized and clear surfaces with only a small number of lines arethe dominant theme. Purism runs through every element of the rear end andcreates a prominent tail graphic.

The sporty glasshouse is indented into thepowerful body, allowing it to chisel broad and athletic shoulders into the BMWConcept 4’s design. The vertical air outlets frame the lower section of therear and emphasise the car’s broad stance. The LED rear lights consist of asingle fibre-optic element, which lends the familiar BMW L shape a cutting-edge“heartbeat” graphic and dispenses with a glass cover.

Their contours underscore the sportinglyhorizontal focus of the rear end and accentuate its brawny stance on the road.The striking diffuser integrated into the muscular rear apron sets the seal onthe car’s rear-end design. Its vertical fins break up the clean surfaces of thecar’s tail to send a statement of fine sporting pedigree, while the High-glossBlack paint finish with metallic particles lend it additional visual impact.The pair of exhaust tailpipes highlight a new and dynamic free-form, a detailof the BMW Concept 4’s design that expresses what this car is all about: the modernessence of a coupe oozing aesthetic appeal from every pore.

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