BMW know that after their Design failure in the past with the old 3, 5, 7, X3, and the 6- series, that customers like a looker. The new cars were fab, and when they showcased their direction with the new X4 concept, you get the hint that the designers are doing a good job. Inspired by the big brother X6, this is a baby SAC, or Sports Activity Coupe! Its basically a Coupe styled Tall SUV, and to my eye, it looked fab. The X4, well, its just better!
|SUV's are getting sexy, this is the SAC, cool?|
|Its angry because its a good looking car?|
|A sloping roof on a car as tall as an SUV, Bravo!|
This design theme concludes in the underride protection element, where three milled out, gleaming chrome elements present a high-quality take on the modern preference for minimalist solidity.
The qualities of a BMW X model merge with the values of a BMW Coupe in the muscular silhouette of the BMW X4 Concept. Its proportions present a persuasive case for the BMW X4 Concept as the most dynamic vehicle in its segment. In hallmark BMW style, a longer wheelbase, relatively long bonnet, short overhangs and a set-back greenhouse lend the car an undeniable dynamism even when standing still. The striking interplay of surfaces creates a vibrant contrast of light and shadow that exudes a feeling of agility and power. Prominently rising lines mould the flanks into a wedge shape and give the car as a whole a forward-surging momentum.
|You can see the hard work!|
The BMW X4 Concept's contours include a new interpretation of the familiar BMW swage line, a pair of dynamic lines defining the eye-catching impact of the side view. A concave area under each swage line lends the flanks an almost sculptural expression - at once robust and dynamic. The surface volumes and definition of the contours deepen as they extend towards the tail and imbue the rear end with added stature. Here, the powerfully flared wheel arches team up with the concave surface below the rear swage line to visualise the power rippling through the rear wheels. The radiant exterior paint shade Long Beach Blue is a perfect match for the elaborately structured volumes and contours, and brings particular depth to the expressive design language.
Fitting the BMW X template, the wheel arches of the BMW X4 Concept are large and almost square in design. This prominent emphasis on the wheels draws further attention to the car's planted stance and long wheelbase, while at the same time providing a visual showcase for the xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system. The pared-back, matt black protective cladding provides the final element of bodywork before the BMW X4 Concept meets the road.
|At first glance, its a difficult thing to guess!|
The rear of the BMW X4 Concept takes the sporting, width-accentuating elements of the front-end design and reproduces them with an emphatically horizontal flavour. The body's lines and the slim LED tail lights positioned at the outer edges of the rear emphasise the muscular wheel arches and wide track. Below, horizontal lines split the rear visually into sections, while light surfaces reduce the car's visual height and underline its width.
|That rear-end, those exhausts, those lights!|
The most striking element at the back of the car is the rear apron, which provides a wide, full-length interpretation of the front apron's large outer air intakes. The apron's cut-out picks up the two exhaust tailpipes in a dynamic sweep before diverting the gaze to the wheels. Body-colour elements reaching well down towards the road surface provide a high-quality border for the rear end and re-emphasize the road-focused proposition of the BMW X4 Concept.