The kind folks at BMW have decided to give eager enthusiasts an early Christmas present this year by unveiling the 4 Series Coupe Concept which is a thinly disguised look at what BMW fans can expect to see when the production version of the 4 Series Coupe arrives in BMW showrooms.
Prior to the appearance of this concept, the car had been known for nearly four decades as the 3 Series Coupe which was originally the only configuration available on the first generation 3-Series before the four door variant arrived several years later with the second generation 3 Series model. However with the luxury car market beginning to move towards design-oriented two door coupes, the company has begun a serious push to differentiate its coupe offerings to take advantage of this shift in consumer taste.
The concept takes much of its exterior design inspiration from the bigger 6 Series coupe, while sleek lines and curves from the current generation 3 Series thrown into the mix which all do their part to make the car look much more focused and pleasing to the eye than the previous model. While some elements of the sleek styling will probably not get the green light for production, expect the proportions and the basic design language of the exterior to remain intact for duty in the production version of the 4 Series Coupe.
Unlike the bold and aggressive exterior, the interior of the 4 Series Coupe Concept takes a more subtle approach to its design with many bits and pieces borrowed from the current generation 3 Series sedan. To bring a bit more flair to the cabin, BMW designers have slathered the seating surfaces and other select areas of the concept (including the floor mats)with a generous amount of tanned and braided leather accents which the company claims was achieved and applied in a “sustainable” manner. While some of the more exotic bits (such as the braided leather cup holders) will probably not make production, buyers could see select elements of the interior make their appearance as available equipment that can be ordered via BMW’s Individual custom order service.
Look for the BMW 4 Series Coupe Concept to make its formal debut at the 2013 North American International Auto Show next month, with the production version of the 4 Series Coupe expected to bow at the Geneva Motor Show in March.