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New BMW Concept 4 previews next 4 Series with bold look

Jonathan Burn 2019-09-10 08:05

The radical BMW Concept 4 is 85 per cent representative of what the new 4 Series will look like when it arrives in 2020

BMW will focus on design and image for the upcoming 4 Series Coupe, and at the Frankfurt Motor Show the German firm gave us a glimpse of the upcoming model with this, the BMW Concept 4.

Although it’s only a concept, this show car is 85 per cent representative of what the production-ready 4 Series will look like when it arrives in the middle of next year.

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Building a concept car for a vehicle that already exists within the product range is a new move from BMW, but the company has said that on this occasion it wants to demonstrate how it plans to distance the next 4 Series from the 3 Series saloon with which it shares its underpinnings.

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BMW Concept 4 - Frankfurt rear

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The most notable aspect of the Concept 4 is fairly obvious: the grille. It’s a style we’ve already seen on the X7 SUV and 7 Series saloon, but it’s the first time a vertical design has transferred to a coupe. BMW says the shape is a new interpretation of the vertical grille seen on the famous BMW 328 sports car and E9 coupe of the seventies.

It will be largely carried over as you see it to the showroom model, although intricate details, such as the grating within the grille that creates hundreds of tiny ‘number 4s’, are unlikely to make the transition.

Elsewhere, the twin headlamp set-up is a unique design that cuts sharply into the grille and does away with traditional lens covers.

The rest of the Concept 4’s design is more conventional, with a long bonnet, set-back cabin and slender glasshouse. It rides on intricate 21-inch alloy wheels which feature a lighter five-spoke design ahead of contrasting darkened spokes.

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BMW Concept 4 - Frankfurt full front

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The LED rear lamps are a nod to BMW’s familiar L-shaped design from production cars and feature a single fibre-optic element.

There are no images of the Concept 4’s cabin; BMW’s sole focus, it says, is on showcasing the exterior design of the upcoming 4 Series. It’s highly likely that the cabin will be carried over wholesale from the 3 Series saloon, and it’s a similar story with the powertrain options. No details on the show car’s engine have been issued, but expect a range of petrol, diesel and hybrid options in the production version.

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