The BMW 4 Series was not the first vehicle to use the brand’s big kidney grille, but it was the most offensive. Massive grilles look great on big automobiles like the X7 and 7 Series. But, since the 4 Series is a slim, stylish coupe, placing a big grille on the front simply looks… odd. It requires a smaller, more reasonable face, as seen by this new render, which has the same grille and headlamp design as the recently facelifted 3 Series. (The render is not ours, but you can see it here.)
This render is straightforward: take a BMW 4 Series, remove its nose, and replace it with the new 3 Series LCI’s. After viewing it, it makes so much visual logic that it will be a huge disappointment if BMW does not implement this for the LCI on the 4 Series.
One of the reasons it makes sense is because the new headlights on the 3 Series LCI are already so close to those on the 4 Series. So my image simply modifies the grille cosmetically, and the grille on the new 3er LCI is a crisp, reasonably proportioned one that matches the front end of the 4 Series really well. This rendering also gives the 4er the new 3 Series’ front bumper and air intakes, which look excellent but may be changed to distinguish the two vehicles.
The sole disadvantage of giving the 4 Series the front end of the 3 Series LCI is that it does not appear like an 8 Series, and BMW wishes to avoid the same-sausage-different-lengths design language. However, the 8 Series is a stunning vehicle, and with so many current BMWs appearing, shall we say, less than stunning, I believe it is absolutely acceptable for the 4 Series to resemble the 8 Series.
I’m a moron who has no business being in charge of anything. If I were in control of BMW, I’d make the new 4 Series LCI look exactly like the 3 Series LCI since it looks so amazing.