The BMW Vision Future Luxury concept car has made its world premiere in Beijing. BMW says the car has been designed to provide a driving experience that is “emotional and exclusive”.
The concept car likely previews the styling direction for the next 7-series, particularly the long-wheelbase derivative. As the brand’s flagshop saloon, the current generation 7-series remains largely unchanged since the departure of former BMW design boss Chris Bangle; his controversial flame-surface styling is still evident in the latest 7-series.
Finished in “Liquid Platinum Bronze”, the Vision Future Luxury’s exterior continues on where the BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso left off, with the chassis and wheelbase being stretched to accommodate four doors and increased rear passenger legroom. And for the first time on a BMW, the rear lighting is provided by organic LEDs, paving the way for a completely new treatment of the typical BMW L-shaped lights.
“The design of the BMW Vision Future Luxury is the messenger of our philosophy of modern luxury, one in which innovative technologies play a key and vital role. These innovations deliver a new, multifaceted luxury experience that spans intelligent lightweight engineering, innovative interior design and a radically new user interface design,” said Karim Habib, Head of BMW Design, summing up the design approach to the Vision Future Luxury.
This approach is particularly evident in the interior. For example, the underlying passenger cell made of carbon fibre reinforced plastic is made visible in the doors, under the seats and in the pared-down B-pillar. A full B-pillar as used in the past is dispensed with as a result.
The carbon construction allows the seat frames to be integrated into the load-bearing structure. There are also connections to the door sills and centre console, which means only a small and generally unobtrusive B-pillar is required. BMW says the concept car’s wide-opening coach doors would not have been possible without this new carbon B-pillar solution.
Although no specific powertrain details have been officially released by BMW at present, the Vision Future Luxury carries the “eDrive” badge, which is indicative of a possible plug-in hybrid drive-train.