From the Aston Martine Rapide, to the Jaguar C-XF, to the Lincoln MKR Concept and the Citroen C-Metisse , all these design studies feature a long body with a sleek profile and a sporty and aggressive look.
In addition to the above mentioned design elements, the images of the exterior – the interior hasn’t been revealed yet – show some styling cues typical of BWM, like the "flaming surfaces" design language introduced by Chris Bangle with the X-Coupe Concept, which creates an interplay of convex and concave surfaces on the sides of the car.
The exclusive interior has four individual seats with a sporting and low seating position.
Interior design elements include the subdivision of the space into various sections, the driver-oriented cockpit and the innovative layering technique which provides an original interplay of the various interior elements.
Among the technical highlights are the headlights with LED reverse projection technology.
From the official Press Release:
From the BMW kidney
grille standing out powerfully to the front, the eyes of the beholder
move back along the low-slung and sleek engine compartment lid, subsequently meandering along the side-line and roof-line all the way
to the deliberately short rear-end with its clear-cut air flow spoiler.
The dynamically stretched, low-slung silhouette of the car is further accentuated by body height of just 1.36 metres or 53.5 inches.
The gentle taper of the roof-line at the rear serving again to smoothly stretch the proportions of the entire car.
The re-interpreted contour line, as seen from the side, serves to emphasise the technical concept of rear-wheel drive so crucial
to dynamic performance on the road.
Subdividing the silhouette of the car into various sections, the contour line stretches from the beginning of the A-pillar in a gentle, rising movement all the way up above the front door, gradually petering out beneath the rear side window.
Then the contour line starts again in the lower section of the rear door,
first running parallel to the wheel cut-out in a powerful arch. From there the rear contour line is continued as a straight line also rising slightly
up to the rear end of the car.
The roof-line likewise tapering out gently to the rear also provides a brand-new effect when looking at the car from the side, adding a touch never seen before on a saloon.
The striking contour of the C-pillar,
in turn, provides an additional visual highlight of attractive clarity, the transition of the C-pillar into the rear section of the car tapering out
at a lower angle than the steeper rear window rising up from its base point.
At the bottom, the C-pillar offers a new, enhanced interpretation of
the reverse line sweeping to the front known by tradition as the “Hofmeister kick”. And last but not least, a gentle and extremely
attractive light-edge stands out above the side window precisely
where the C-pillar merges into the roof-line.
The front-end design of the BMW Concept CS is a particularly striking example of the consistent enhancement of BMW’s design language. Here the BMW kidney grille stands out as a powerful element typical of the BMW brand and naturally a famous icon of body design, giving
the car its unique look and emphasising the flow of air into the engine. Indeed, the kidney grille is not only the central, but also the dominating element in the design of the entire front end.
Through its dimensions alone, as well as its position slightly inclined
to the front, the kidney grille establishes a clear link to classic
BMW sports cars. All further elements at the front end of the car are angled in the direction of travel and designed as a genuine sculpture around the kidney grille, with all directly adjacent surfaces being modelled in concave design.
Significant functional features add further meaning to this special look
of the car, with the BMW kidney grille serving as the primary supply
of air to the engine. The two recesses in the front side panels, in turn, help to cool the brakes on the car. And since a power unit befitting
the dynamic character of such a sports saloon most probably requires an ample flow of cooling air, the need for an extra-large kidney grille
is obvious at first sight.
Applying the philosophy that “form follows function”, the contours
on the engine compartment typical of a BMW have developed
into a genuine sign of distinction born out of technical needs and requirements. On the BMW Concept CS, the powerdome as a
further highlight in design extends over the power unit as a particularly large, almost awe-inspiring design feature.
The engine compartment lid is supported at either side by headlight units merging flush into the design of the car and resting flat on the side panels, extending far back into the front wings. The slender space
thus left over above the extra-large wheel arches underlies the agility and, accordingly, the athletic performance of the car.
The low-slung headlight units use a LED reverse-projection system: their light is bundled on a reflection area from where the beam is conveyed smoothly, consistently and with utmost precision to the road ahead.
The dynamic charcacter of the car is underlined by the short front overhang, the extra-large wheel arches which offer space for 21-inch wheels and the body which grows wider towards the
rear end, accentuating the transmission of power to the rear wheels.
The sculptural design language so characteristic of the
BMW Concept CS in its body design allows unique interplay of
concave and convex surfaces, reflecting and guiding the light on and around the car in exactly the right way.
One example in this context
is the exterior mirrors on this unique car blending harmoniously with the side-view, the mirrors through their design alone repeating the overall look and lines of the car. The door handlers are integrated into the flanks of the BMW Concept CS even more discreetly: Housed within a chrome-bar running to the rear at the height of the contour line, the door handlers controlled by sensors move out only when really needed.
This exceptional contour design visible only from behind but nevertheless unusually powerful in its look optimises the flow of air
in and around the roof area. The aerodynamic touch established in this way underlines the overall sporting impression of the car and serves
at the same time as yet another feature of sculptural design and perfection.
Given all these features, the BMW Concept CS is a modern counterpart to the conventional notchback design of a “regular” four-door. Indeed, never before on a saloon have the individual body sections merged so smoothly into one another, creating a low-slung and stretched appearance.
The much lower flow of the C-pillars compared with the position of the rear window serves to emphasis the flowing transitions from
one body section to the next. Seen from the side, the entire car has the lightness of a coupé – but then all you have to do is change your perspective only slightly in order to perceive and appreciate all the
style of a classic four-door. Given the short body overhang at the rear, the size of the separate luggage compartment is hard to appreciate to begin with. Instead, the rear end is dominated by other design features emphasising both the wide track and the aerodynamically optimised rear look of the car.
In the rear end, the two tailpipe rings are integrated in the rear air dam. In its night design, in turn, the BMW Concept CS is characterised by slender rear lights emitting a homogeneous, low-slung and therefore strikingly harmonious lighting effect.