MOTOR’s editor, Ray Leathern, is on the frontlines, bringing you the reveals that matter from this year’s IAA motor show in Frankfurt. Here’s the latest from BMW and it’s plug-in hybrid models.
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What’s Frankfurt Motor Show without a curveball? The latest to be yorked down the pitch at IAA 2019 is the BMW Concept 4.
BMW has taken the double kidney-grille to new heights on the Concept 4 and this could be the new fizzog on the 4 Series going forward, murmurings around the stand swung from sheer delight at the re-imagined kidney-grille to mutterings that included the words ‘bugs bunny’. BMW can’t please everyone it seems. The grille is claimed to be inspired by the iconic BMW 328 and BMW 3.0 CSi, this is the undoubted forerunner to the next 3 Series, M3 and M4 styling. The Concept 4 is proportional perfection and the gaping wide grille doesn’t quite fit in with the rest of the car. The great news is that it’s only a concept and they tend to run in the extreme on styling, so hopefully, we will see an altered grille down the line when it comes into production.
Upright grille aside the body is a thing of beauty to behold. If this is the future of the 4 Series then we are on board, it has less wide-bodied bloat, sleeker lines, more aggressive styling that speaks to the classical gran tourer design; two doors, engine at the front, sending power to the rear-wheels. Set on 21-inch ‘dished’ five-spoke light-alloy wheels the Concept 4 is sleek, sophisticated and we’re particularly awed by the side-mirrors flowing unhindered from the weatherstrip detailing. While we don’t have engine details yet, we will update you when they become available.
Lights have become a big deal, the Concept 4 forgoes the traditional light cluster with lens housing, instead, the laser lights have sophisticated “three-dimensional structures” housed sans lens. The rear lights on the Concept 4 are made from a single LED fibre-optic element and without a lens housing too.
The massive air intakes below the lights suggest that there will be some serious performance technology under the bonnet, those can only serve to cool brakes and let a vast quantity of air into the engine bay, and potential power units that need that much air to keep cool makes us happy.
We’re holding BMW to its future ideals for the Concept 4 “this car is all about: the modern essence of a coupe oozing aesthetic appeal from every pore”.