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BMW Vision Future Luxury Revealed

Carbon festooned, tech laden concept breaks cover at the Beijing Motor Show

Apr 18, 2014
Photographer: BMW

BMW Vision Future Luxury Details:

  • Concept revealed at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show
  • Underlying carbon layer visible in doors, under seats and in pared down B-pillar
  • Driver surrounded by displays
  • Innovative lighting tech includes Laserlight headlamps and OLED tails

BMW Vision Future Luxury Concept front headlight Photo 2/27   |   BMW Vision Future Luxury Concept

If we have this right, BMW's Vision Future Luxury will likely be to luxury what the i8 has become to plug-in hybrid sports cars and the i3 is to electric city cars. Which is to say the long-term outlook continues to show the company's engineers pushing boundaries, in exclusivity, in technology, in lightweight engineering, and in user interfacing. The Vision Future Luxury debuted at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show.

All of the vehicles seem to be born from a new approach to design, one that gets into heady subject matter like "subtractive modeling" and the like. Our takeaway was simply that in the pursuit of lightweight engineering much of the traditional "uni-body" begins with an underlying carbon layer that is evident throughout the vehicles. For the Vision Future Luxury, this means visible weave in the doors, under the seats and in the barely-there B-pillar. The concept's wide-swinging coach doors would not have been possible without the pared-down B-Pillar.

BMW Vision Future Luxury Concept steering wheel Photo 6/27   |   BMW Vision Future Luxury Concept

From the captain's chair, the pilot is immersed in a wrap-around cluster of displays, perhaps a more tangible element testifying how advanced the Vision Future Luxury is. The primary driver display, however, is a head up display; additionally, front passengers get their own Passenger Information Display, mainly it seems to jump online but also to communicate with the driver (wait - isn't he right next to you?), and if you're sitting in back there are also rear seat displays and a rear seat touch command tablet, again to surf the web or communicate with the other people in the car.

BMW Vision Future Luxury Concept interior side view Photo 10/27   |   BMW Vision Future Luxury Concept

The back of the Vision Future Luxury is pretty expansive, too. With only seating for two (a pair of deeply contoured single seats), rear passengers get a retractable table and a sense of privacy established by the rigid backs of the front seats. The large space is marked by the use of strategically placed lighting and refined materials, including lavish wood surfaces, aniline leather and silk.

BMW Vision Future Luxury Concept rear center console Photo 14/27   |   BMW Vision Future Luxury Concept

When planning the Vision Future Luxury's overall shape, BMW opted for hand-sculpted design versus anything a computer could generate. The result is a classic long-wheelbase creation, rolled out in Liquid Platinum Bronze for the Beijing audience. On the sides of the vehicle, mirrors appear to grow out of the chrome window trim.

BMW Vision Future Luxury Concept rear taillight Photo 18/27   |   BMW Vision Future Luxury Concept

The exterior design showcases the advanced aerodynamics and lightweight engineering of the BMW's EfficientDynamics principles. The coupe-style roofline and sloping trunk lid, for example, are said to reduce drag, and airflow is further channeled with features like the Air Breather system at the rear of the front wheel arch, a C-pillar with internal air channeling, and openings in the rear apron that vent air from the wheel arches.

The Vision Future Luxury also sports innovative lighting technology to boot. At the front are BMW Laserlight, concentrated, parallel beams that are reportedly 10 times more intense than LEDs. At the rear, organic LEDs - wafer-thin organic semiconductor layers positioned between two electrodes. The extremely thin and flexible lights are found in the Vision Future Luxury's L-shaped rear lights, which are comprised of a large number of small, likewise L-shaped OLEDs.

Bob Hernandez
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