BMW i Vision Dynamics Is 4 Series Gran Coupe’s Electric Sibling

2 months ago by Anthony Karr 12

BMW i Vision Dynamics – Image Credit: InsideEVs / Tom Moloughney

The Bavarian brand says it will eventually evolve into a production model.

BMW promises the Vision Dynamics study, making its world premiere at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, not only offers “a look ahead to the e-mobility experience of the future with a new level of sporting elegance,” but will eventually evolve into a production electric vehicle positioned between the i3 and i8. The Bavarian brand plans to launch no less than 25 models with an electrified drive system by 2025, of which 12 will be purely-electric machines.

BMW i Vision Dynamics – Image Credit: InsideEVs / Tom Moloughney

Think of the Vision Dynamics concept as the electric brother of the current 4 Series GC from the “much more immediate future.” The EV is described by the company as a “four-door Gran Coupe” and is powered by an electric system, capable of accelerating it from a standstill to 62 miles per hour (0-100 kilometers per hour) in four seconds. Top speed stands at 120 mph (200 kph), while a single charge of the batteries provides a maximum range of 373 miles (600 kilometers).

“The BMW i Vision Dynamics is combining electric mobility with the core values of BMW: dynamism and elegance,” Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design, describes the basic idea of the project. “We are therefore demonstrating how the product range and the design language of BMW i can be evolved further into other concepts.”

BMW i Vision Dynamics – Image Credit: InsideEVs / Tom Moloughney

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The concept’s design with short overhangs, a long wheelbase, and flowing roofline has one very important mission – to shape the BMW of the future, a car that will feature semi- or fully autonomous functions. The full-length glass surface running from the windscreen to the rear window, for example, creates a roomy atmosphere in the interior and allows all passengers an equally good view out during an autonomous trip.

BMW i Vision Dynamics – Image Credit: InsideEVs / Tom Moloughney

Electric powertrain means the legendary kidney grilles at the front no longer need to provide fresh air into the engine compartment. Instead, the Vision Dynamics study deploys them as “declarations of technological know-how” with hidden sensors turning them into an “intelligence surface.”

Below:  BMW i Vision Dynamics Gallery

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12 responses to "BMW i Vision Dynamics Is 4 Series Gran Coupe’s Electric Sibling"

  1. 2013VOLT says:

    I believe I have found my next car. Hopefully the price stays below 60k.

    1. Tosho says:

      I don’t think that you will be able to convince BMW to sell you one of their concepts.

  2. Kdawg says:

    Looks good other than that goofy stuff going on in the front. I’d prefer it to look more like this.

    1. Kdawg says:

      Actually I like this better w/out the beak.

      1. Rich says:

        100x better than BMW’s design choice.
        Agreed, there’s no need for the silly looking kidney beans when there’s a respectable sized badge on the hood.

    2. Dan says:

      Looks like a stupid Tesla without the kidney beans.

  3. Frederic Borloo says:

    Oh , come on BMW. Anyone can make a bloody concept car. I can make a wooden box on wheels and say that in 2065 it will have 2500km range per charge and call it the super mobility e-car hyper super concept . So freaking what? Put something in production that actual human beings have a hope of actually owning, or hold your piece. Concept cars are 3 dimensional fantasy advertisments. They are equally annoying and useless. Less BS more action BMW!

    1. DJ says:

      You know that is why they call them “concepts” right? Maybe you just need to adjust your expectations to get in line with what their purpose is?

  4. cab says:

    Wait…so is THIS what was under that blue tarp? If so…Meh! I was hoping for something a LOT more production-ready.

  5. CDAVIS says:

    “…The Bavarian brand plans to launch no less than 25 models with an electrified drive system by 2025, of which 12 will be purely-electric machines…”
    ——-

    Perhaps BMW should focus on one good production EV rather than a bunch of “concept” EVs?

  6. bogdan says:

    Looks good, this empty shell!

  7. BillT says:

    I am just mystified why BMW seems to have lost interest in the i5. It seems like if they leverage some of the really impressive engineering in the i3 to bring out a somewhat normal looking CUV (BEV + Rex until battery prices come down) they *might* stand a chance of at least bringing out a model Y competitor near or maybe even before model Y is available. Skate to where the puck is going. Not that I will shed any tears for them because I would much rather see Tesla win in this space.

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