BMW Group has chosen Auto Guangzhou 2015 to unveil the company’s vision of a four-door sedan for the compact segment called the Concept Compact Sedan.
This stylish-looking study envisions the company’s rival to the likes of the Mercedes-Benz’s CLA and Audi’s A3 Sedan. It will be based on the same front-drive platform as the current 2-Series Active Tourer models and the next generation of the 1-Series hatchback, possibly offering BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system as an option.
While there’s very little technical details available, the Concept Compact Sedan is all about the design. Relative to its form, the concept rides on a long wheelbase, with the wheels pushed to the corners, and a greenhouse set back behind a long hood. There’s cleaver use of the BMW elements from the signature double-kidney grille to the Hofmeister kink in the C-pillar. The horizontal lines of the front and rear fascias are designed to maximize the vehicle’s visual width, and the muscular design integrates touch-sensitive door handles below the swage line for a cleaner look. The concept is painted in liquid metal bronze shade, offset by polished aluminum brightwork and 20-inch split-spoke alloys.
The interior on the other hand, is designed around the driver, but also seeks to maximize rear-seat space despite the vehicle’s compact footprint. The horizontal treatment continues inside to give the impression of space, with upscale materials like three-tone Nappa leather, open-pore wood, and brushed aluminum trim with orange accents and ambient lighting. Beyond this, there’s a large panoramic roof, a head-up display for the driver, and an 8.8-inch screen in the dashboard.
“The characterful design of the BMW Concept Compact Sedan embodies the driving pleasure offered by a sporting car with minimised exterior dimensions. It is as distinctive as it is essential – and, as such, it injects new life into the compact segment. This four-door sedan stands for everything that sets BMW apart,” explains Karim Habib, Head of Design BMW Automobiles.
Source: via Autoblog