BMW 4-Series Coupe concept [w/Gallery]Wed, 05 Dec 2012 00:00:00 -0800
The BMW 4 Series Coupe concept will make its debut at next month's NAIAS in Detroit, when it will become the first model to wear the new 4er badge as it distances itself from the 3 Series sedan.
While billed as a concept it is believed to be virtually production-ready. It offers little in the way of surprises in the wake of the F10 3 Series and larger 6 Series with traditional short front and long rear overhang proportions.
The DRG is a more scowling interpretation of the 3 Series' and continues the move away from round DRLs for hexagonal light pipes that link up to the wide grilles that sit above an aggressive lower mask and air intakes.
In profile a new fender vent sits just behind the front wheel, while a prominent lightcatcher sits on the rocker. An undercut rising beltline houses a flush door handle although these are unlikely to make production.
At the rear the exhausts have been integrated into the rear diffuser – again unlikely to make it to the showrooms – while the upper surface of the tinted lamps flows into the trunk surface.
Inside, the dashboard architecture is very reminiscent of the 3 Series, while the combination of wood, suede-like material and leather with intricate stitching serving to emphasize the 4 Series' premium billing.
The coupe is expected to be joined by convertible and 'four-door coupe' Gran Coupe models later next year.
Gallery: BMW 4-Series Coupe concept