" Earlier this month BMW announced they would be bringing a new high end luxury sedan concept to the Beijing auto show
. Early speculation was that this would be the basis for a 9-Series model. The actual concept is the BMW Vision Future Luxury and it points at the future styling direction of the 7-Series as well as the 9-Series that would be based on the G11 7-Series platform. As expected, the design language is heavily influenced by the earlier Gran Lusso Coupe
The design features sharp angles and 'Laserlight' headlights. The oversized grille and edgy lights give the car somewhat of a squinting appearance. The rear design from the side profile shows BMW stretching the windows back as far as possible and minimizing the trunk overhang. You can thank the 'four door' coupe styling that has become so popular for the sloping rear proportions.
The trademark Hofmeister kink is present of course tying this car to BMW's past. It is elegant, modern, and striking but immediately recognizable as a BMW. As is the interior which exemplifies BMW's modern and minimalist approach. Large screens along with a HUD (heads up display) eliminate button clutter making for a very roomy and modern cockpit.
How much of this will transfer to production for the next generation luxury sedans is anyone's guess. It certainly is a worthy future styling language for the premium models of the brand.