With the new 3 Series Sedan continuing to lead its segment class, the boys and girls at BMW have been teasing Bimmer heads across the globe about what the new mid-range coupe would look like. Well wait no more. Today BMW have pulled the covers off their Concept 4 Series Coupe.
What's said to be a "sign of greater exclusivity and presence", the Concept 4 adds new exterior design elements and interior material treatments to the ever-popular coupe model. We've poured over the photos and can see exactly why BMW decided to dub the 3 series coupe a 4. It's a clear evolution from the typical "remove a set of doors" approach to coupe design; it just had to get its own badge.
The latest addition to BMW sees building on the fine tradition of its large BMW 6 Series and BMW 8 Series Coupes, the "4" stands for greater sportiness, greater exclusivity and even clearer differentiation from the BMW 3 Series range.
The hallmark BMW front-end features, notably the kidney grille and twin circular headlights, have a slim, sporty design and ensure the coupe is immediately recognizable. The front-end design displays a clear link with the BMW 3 Series family, but its sporting take on the theme accentuates the dynamic leanings of the BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe. The full-LED headlights are a hexagonal, extremely technical-looking take on the customary BMW twin circular design. An optical fiber leads out from the inner headlight tube and forms a visual link between the inner headlight and the kidney grille. In so doing, it gives the front end of the Coupe an even broader look.
The prominent horizontal lines and stretched taillights positioned at the outer edges of the rear draw extra attention to the muscular wheel arches and wide track. The horizontal lines of the rear end frame a subtle three-dimensionality, while a tightly structured concave indent in the rear creates shadowed surfaces and gives the car forward-surging energy. This contrasting play of light and shadow brings excitement to the rear end.
The most striking element of the rear end is the bumper, in which a clearly defined trim element in satin-finish aluminum provides a classy lower edge as the car drops down towards the road. The trim element adopts a similar three- way split to the front air intake, but in a width-emphasizing form. It picks up the two exhaust tailpipes in a dynamic sweep at the outer edges of the rear apron before diverting the gaze to the wheels. Exclusive 20-inch light-alloy wheels add the finishing touches to the car's dynamically elegant silhouette. Their sophisticated, prominently three-dimensional multi-spoke design underscores their air of sporting elegance.
The most important controls for driving the car are grouped ergonomically around the driver to ensure all functions are within the easiest possible reach. The "layering" approach - whereby volumes are arranged into layers through the clever use of lines and surfaces - underlines the dynamic feeling inside the BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe.
The arrangement of volumes around the doors, side walls and window sills forms a kind of cocoon around the passengers and generates a sporty and secure sense of space. Added to which, the strong contouring of the rear seats makes them appear like two individual seats joined together.
The color and materials design of the BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe is tailored precisely to the geometry of the interior. The two-tone Black and Schiaparelli Brown trim provides a particularly effective showcase for the interplay of forms in the front cabin, and light contrast stitching adds a fresh touch to the leather-covered surfaces. This exclusive trim consists of sustainably tanned leather, which makes a convincing case for itself with its natural feel and soft texture, as well as the environment-friendly tanning process used to produce it. A Natural Chestnut fine wood trim strip adds the finishing touch to the exclusive interior.
Discreetly embossed "BMW Individual" lettering on the seats and door sill strips, the seats are also home to very special hand-braided leather trim elements, which run vertically down the seats and enhance the interior's feeling of class. The likewise leather-covered cup holders also adopt the braiding theme, as do the floor mats.
The wheelbase (110.63") is 2" longer than that of the existing 3 Series Coupe, while 1.77" has been added to the front track (60.82") and 3.15" to the rear track (62.72"). At 71.89 wide, the BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe is 1.73" broader than its predecessor, its roofline is 0.63" lower (53.62") and it is also longer (182.72").