Does the BMW 4 Series Concept look better with a smaller grille?
BMW previewed the next-generation 4 Series at the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show with the debut of the striking Concept 4. It showcased a bold new design direction for future BMW models, sporting a sleek coupe body with a long hood, smooth design lines, and short rear deck. In other words, it boasts traditional sports car proportions, but the front fascia is anything but traditional.
The kidney grilles are enormous and are easily the concept's most divisive design element. Inevitably, it hasn't taken long for some talented render artists to make some visual modifications. We've already seen what a BMW 4 Series Concept Convertible could potentially look like, and now Mike Maravilla has given the concept a nose job.
The render artist has replaced the 4 Series Concept's ginormous grille with the narrower nostrils from the 8 Series, and the result looks considerably better. Maravilla didn't just stop there either, and had the 4 Series Concept try on different sets of wheels and color options. The Concept was only shown in red at Frankfurt, but Maravilla has depicted it in black, grey, yellow, blue, and green. We particularly like the blacked-out wheel rims.
As divisive as the larger grille has been, don't expect the production version to look drastically different to the 4 Series Concept. In fact, BMW believes that only German customers won't approve of the automaker's new design direction. "In China, the Middle East, and the US, customers would buy even more cars if we'd be even bolder," BMW design chief Domagoj Dukec told us during the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. "The US market is so strong we could sell anything. We just have to give them the hottest products."
When the next-generation 4 Series enters production, it should share the same engines as the 3 Series including a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder producing 255 horsepower and a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six with 380 hp. The new M4 should also get a 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six delivering between 444 hp and 500 hp.