Frankfurt 2019: Oh gosh, this will be the next-gen BMW 4 Series

Adrian Chia · Sep 11, 2019 05:37 PM

  • Vertical kidney grille will be face of the next-gen BMW 4 Series
  • Design and profile inspired from the sexy BMW 8 Series Coupe
  • Basically, it’s a baby 8 Series Coupe!

Taking centre stage at BMW’s stand at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) is the BMW Concept 4. The new concept foreshadows the Bavarian’s forthcoming 4 Series coupe.

Clearly BMW is very proud of their 8 Series Coupe as the Concept 4’s design is heavily referenced from its handsome larger sibling. Except for the grille, but we’ll get to that later.

The Concept 4 features BMW’s signature proportions – stretched bonnet, long wheelbase, flowing roofline and short overhangs. Its athletic body is further highlighted by the slim headlamps and taillamps as well as the large wheels (21-inch on the concept) that fills up the arches nicely.

What’s less appealing is the new vertical kidney grille that stretches all the way to the lower section of the bumper. This design is BMW’s next-generation kidney grille design that first debut on the BMW VISION NEXT 100 concept car in 2016. Not my cup of tea, but it is the future.

Being a 4 Series replacement, it is highly likely the new coupe will share the same underpinnings as the G20 BMW 3 Series. Expect the new car to be lighter and stronger along with the availability of powertrain options of the G20.