The BMW concept car displaying at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show ahead is an upcoming production model. “The kidney grille has always been a signature feature of BMW cars,” Domagoj Dukec”, head of BMW design, is quoted to have said in the car’s accompanying press release. The BMW Concept 4 presents a confident and classy take on this iconic feature. At the same time, the BMW Concept 4 offers a look ahead to the expressive face of the 4 Series range.
It’s a bold representation of the upcoming coupe and we’re sure the oversized grille will prove controversial. The vertical design takes inspiration from sporting BMWs of the past like the pre-war 328 and 3.0 CSi of the 1970s.
Grille aside, the Concept 4 is an attractive preview of the next-gen 4 Series Coupe and therefore M4. Its lighting clusters front and rear are especially interesting. The headlights have no glass cover over their three-dimensional LED elements, and the taillights are similarly uncovered with a fiber-optic element that stretches horizontally under a sort of duckbill rear spoiler.
There’s no mention of actual propulsion, but one thing BMW tends to get right is engine tech. We’d expect both rear- and four-wheel-drive, and a range of four cylinder and straight six petrol and diesel engines. And electricity. If the concept looks like this, the pinnacle of the range – the next M4 – will be stratospherically angry.
More interestingly is the fact that the BMW Concept 4 Series hints at what’s to come from the BMW i Division -specifically the BMW i4 in 2021. The new EV will feature a similar design.