COVID-19 Relief: Check out the awesome BMW i4 with Supercar Blondie
The coronavirus pandemic is keeping most of us locked inside our houses, so it’s crucial to find ways to stay away from the depression and anxiety that usually come with isolation. Sure, there’s always Netflix and hobbies, but if you love cars, Supercar Blondie is a cool YouTube channel to follow. In her latest episode, Supercar Blondie is taking a look at the BMW Concept i4, the all-electric sedan that will go into production in 2021. And you can also learn a few cool details about it.
A New Rendering Sheds Light on What a Modern Z3 Coupe Might Look Like
Back when BMW unveiled the Concept 4, it managed to polarize the whole gearhead community. Then the Bavarians did it again at the 2020 Geneva Online Motor Show, with the Concept i4.
In all fairness, we were already accustomed to the ginormous grille from the Concept 4, so the astonishment was of a lower intensity. But what if BMW launched a concept car that stayed faithful to the good old, normal-size kidney grille?
2020 BMW Concept i4
Despite the Geneva Motor Show getting canceled at the last minute due to the coronavirus scare, most of the automakers decided to unveil the vehicles at the same timelines, although on digital platforms.
BMW revealed the i4 Concept that previews what we can expect from the production version slated to release in 2021. To put it simply, the i4 will essentially be a 4 Series Gran Coupe with an electric powertrain. Will people accept it based on its looks?
Remember the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage R concept from 2015? Silly us, of course you do. But we bet you didn’t think there’d be the slightest possibility of seeing it in road-legal guise, as it is, right?
Well, Supercar Blondie got to drive, rev, and explore the concept in and out right inside BMW’s home, but she also had a chat with the carmaker’s Head of Design Domagoj Dukec, who let it slip that for the right kind of customer - we are guessing the filthy rich type - BMW could actually build the concept and make it road-ready.
Imagine, if you will, that you have a crystal ball and within that ball, you can see BMW’s future. What do you see 5 years from now? 10 years from now? 20 years from now? Do you see crazy sports cars, an allotment of high-spend luxury cars, or a simple evolution of the cars the brand offers today? Well, if you look at the BMW Concept 4, the what you should be seeing is grille….lots and lots of big grilles. After all, that has been the most controversial thing about the new Concept 4, a model that’s said to represent, at least in some form, the next-gen 4 Series. That means other models, should this grille find its way to the next-gen 4 Series, could feature a similar look down the road as well. For now, though, let’s take a closer look at the Concept 4 and see what more there is to it outside of that massive grille.
The BMW Concept 4 Makes It Clear That BMW Has a Grille Problem
BMW just pulled the sheets off the Concept 4, a new concept that appears to be a weird take on the current 4 Series with a very aggressive attitude and the most ridiculous grille that we’ve ever seen. What does the concept represent for BMW?
According to BMW, “The BMW Concept 4 embodies the aesthetic essence of the BMW brand. It combines perfect proportions with a clear and precise design,” says Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design.
BMW has even said that the Concept 4 “offers a look ahead to the expressive face of the 4 Series range.” So will this thing actually transition into the next-gen 4 Series? Let’s talk more about it.
Supercar Blondie Shows Us Just How Crazy the BMW Vision Next 100 Really Is
BMW gave us a peak at is future way back in 2016 when it debuted the Vision Next 100 Concept with an outrageously futuristic look, technology that borders on impossible (if not actually impossible) and an overall design that is fairly attractive but highly implausible given the world we live in today. It’s a self-driving car, of course, but it has the capability of letting you take the reigns and while BMW didn’t explicitly say so, it’s also electric because that is the way of the future.
Based on appearance alone, the Vision Next 100 seemed impossible even 100 years from now. The thought of a flexible body that allows the wheels to remain completely covered seems like science fiction as does some of the technology inside. Three years later, however, Supercar Blondie actually got to drive the Vision Next 100 Concept – yes it actually drives – and we have to say that it’s rather impressive. Could it really represent the transportation of the future? We can’t really say for now, but we’re certainly a little more optimistic after watching this video.
As you’ll see when you click play, the steering wheel really does retract and hide away in the dash, the wheel arches really do expand and “breathe,” so to speak, when the front wheels are turned. When it’s in self-driving mode, the dashboard itself actually acts as if its breathing too. Granted, this thing is still a concept for now, and we probably won’t see anything like this on the road in our lifetime – we would need perfect roads on global scale and we’d have to perfect Level 5 autonomy – but BMW’s concept does work, it does drive, and it’s starting to look a little more plausible. Maybe not any time soon, but perhaps someday. That’s a huge step in the right direction, anyway. Go ahead and check out the video for yourself – it’s pretty damn surprising, to say the least.
BMW Is The Latest Automaker To Throw Its Hat In The Pickup Truck Ring
Gone are the days when premium automakers like Mercedes-Benz, Audi, BMW, Jaguar, left the trucking business to companies like Ford and Chevrolet. They focused on the luxury aspect and that meant mainstreaming into sedans. Later, the trend crept into SUVs as well, but still, they did not consider getting into pickup truck manufacturing, even though the best-selling vehicle for four decades was a truck. But, when truck manufacturers decided to offer luxury features in these big beasts, people started getting drawn towards them, despite some of the offerings today breaching the six-digit price range. So, what do the premium automakers do? Build a truck to grab a share of the pie, with the latest one being Bayerische Motoren Werke. It’s not coming right away, but we can expect a truck from the stable very soon.
2019 BMW Vision M Next Concept
The 2019 BMW Vision M Next is a concept car that shows the company’s take on how "driving pleasure might look in the future." It also previews the future of BMW’s M-badged models and also gives us a glimpse at the company’s upcoming hybrid drivetrain.
Inspired by the BMW Turbo concept from the 1970s, the Vision M Next has a surprising amount of wedge-inspired design cues. It also borrows features from the iconic M1. BMW also claims it used the i8 as an inspiration, but it’s like the German firm went back to the 1970s to design this concept car. And that’s precisely what makes it cool. On top of its 600-horsepower drivetrain, that is! Find out more about that in the review below.
Does the self-driving BMW M Next concept Actually Preview the Next-Gen BMW i8?
BMW is making a bold statement for the future of the company with the Vision M Next concept, a radical looking sports car with a plug-in hybrid heart that’s jam-packed with tech. The study not only makes a statement on design, but it also emphasizes the choice future drivers will have to make - will you drive yourself to your destination or will you allow the car to drive you there?
The automaker touts it as “a glimpse into the future of sporty driving,” but also a vehicle that “demonstrates how state-of-the-art technology can also make the experience of driving yourself purer and more emotionally engaging.” It’s therefore trying to meld two ideas that at first seem mutually exclusive: deriving fun not only from driving, but also being driven around in a sporty car. It may also be a preview for a future production model, possibly the next-gen i8, an i8 replacement, or even BMW’s Ferrari and McLaren rival that’s rumored to debut in a few years’ time.
2019 BMW Garmisch
The BMW Garmisch is a concept car that the German firm first unveiled in 1970 and then recreated in 2019. Designed by famed car designer Marcello Gandini at Bertone, the Garmisch reportedly vanished after its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in 1970. BMW decided to rebuild the vehicle from scratch as a tributed for Marcello Gandini. The vehicle was unveiled at the 2019 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.
One of the many BMWs designed by Italian studios, like the 328 Mille Miglia by Carrozzeria Touring and the M1 by Giorgetto Giugiaro, the Garmisch didn’t make it into production, but it inspired some models introduced in the 1970s, like the first-generation 5 Series. The unusual name comes from Garmisch-Partenkirchen, a ski town from Bavaria. According to Gandini, this name was picked because "skiing was very popular in Italy at that time. It evoked dreams of winter sports and alpine elegance."
BMW’s New Futurelight Camper Concept Represents the Future of Outdoor Adventure
BMW’s Designworks division is showcasing its latest project at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show. Developed together with outdoor clothing company The North Face, the concept is called the Futurelight Camper, and it’s essentially a futuristic camping tent that traces its roots to the BMW GINA Light Visionary Model Concept that the German automaker unveiled in 2008. If anything, the Futurelight Camper Concept proves that just because camping doesn’t necessarily extend to being a high-tech affair, that doesn’t mean you can’t do it in the comfort of a camping tent that comes with a geodesic-dome frame made from carbon fiber and a high-tech fabric that comes from a process called Nanospinning technology. Unfortunately, it looks like the Futurelight Camper Concept is going to remain a concept for the time being.
If You’re Going to the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show, BMW Wants to Give You a Virtual Ride in the 2020 iNext
The rising importance of technological breakthroughs in the automotive industry is undeniable, with every one of the big makes doubling down on its tech offerings in a variety of different areas. BMW is no different, and early next year, it’ll head to CES with a simulated experience of things to come in its latest self-driving EV concept.
The Arctic Trucks BMW X7 Isn’t Real but We Want One
Arctic Trucks is a world-renowned off-road specialist based out of Reykjavik, Iceland whose trucks are specially designed to cross vast frozen wastelands. Their creations have a unique look, with bulging fender flares and big, oversized tires, but that look doesn’t only work on pickup trucks from Toyota, Isuzu or Nissan - it works on any high-riding vehicle, so why not the brand new BMW X7?
2018 BMW iNext Concept
As each of the major automakers vie for technological supremacy, the space between blue-sky concept cars and their production-based realities is starting to blur. The latest to step into this space is the BMW iNext, an autonomous, battery-powered SUV that comes stuffed with the Bavarian’s latest and greatest ideas for the next generation.
“The iNext project will provide our building blocks for the future, from which the entire company and all its brands are set to benefit,” said BMW Group Chairman of the Board of Management, Harald Krüger. That means that over the next several years, this thing will provide the guidance for not just BMW’s line, but the Mini line as well, both of which are promised to offer “in-car integration of the strategic innovation fields Autonomy + Connectivity + Electric + Services,” according to BMW. Indeed, now that BMW has been doing the EV thing for more than a decade at this point, it’s about time the company stepped up its game. Read on to see how.
Continue reading to learn more about the BMW iNext Concept.
There’s A Lot To Like About The BMW iNext Concept, But It’s Not All Great
After teasing us for what seems like ages, BMW has finally unveiled the iNEXT concept crossover. The production vehicle will be based on this concept, and will be up for grabs from 2021. Even though all seems hunky-dory about it, the iNEXT has left us with mixed thoughts. Here are a few.
The BMW iNext Points To the Future Of The Automaker’s Electric SUVs
BMW’s plan to introduce 12 all-electric cars by 2025 took a big step forward when the German automaker officially unveiled the iNext SUV at a Lufthansa hanger at JFK Airport in New York City. The New York unveiling was one of four stops for the iNext in a global tour that started in Munich, Germany. From Germany, the iNext traveled to New York aboard a Lufthansa cargo plane. The SUV also has stops in San Francisco, California, and Beijing, China, before returning home to Germany.
2019 BMW Z4 vs 2017 BMW Z4 Concept
BMW concept cars are somewhat special. Most of them turn out to be clear representations of what one can expect to get from the production phase. The latest BMW Z4 Concept included. BMW pulled a stunt by introducing the Z4 Concept at The Quail in 2017 and, just one year later we got the all-new 2019 BMW Z4. So, while you may still be smitten by the new Z4, I am taking the opportunity to show you just how different the new production Z4 is compared with the Z4 Concept. Or, just how similar it is. Despite losing some sharpness, edginess, and exclusivity of the Z4 Concept, I feel that the production version of the 2019 BMW Z4 actually retained most of the important design cues. Except for the most important ones of course, because, well, real life is never that good.