BMW at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA)

Article by Anita Panait, on August 23, 2013

BMW will showcase a number of new and yet-to-be unveiled models at the 2013 International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt am Main, taking place on September 12 to 22, 2013. The carmaker is set to unveil the all-new and innovative BMW i3, the first series-produced model from the BMW i brand. The BMW i3 features a passenger cell made from carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP), which when combined with the BMW eDrive technology, will allow the car to return zero-emission driving.

BMW will likewise unveil to the world its BMW 4 Series Coupe, a sporty, two-door model. The BMW 4 Series Coupe is a perfect amalgamation of the ultimate in aesthetic appeal and driving pleasure in the luxury mid-size segment.

BMW will also showcase in Frankfurt the third generation of BMW X5, the new BMW 5 Series models and new BMW X5 M50d, BMW M550d xDrive Sedan and BMW M550d xDrive Touring M Performance Automobiles. BMW will also showcase two concept studies to highlight its expertise and creativity in drive system technology and in its push into new vehicle segments.

One of the concepts, the BMW Concept X5 eDrive, merges the driving characteristics of a Sports Activity Vehicle with the efficiency of a plug-in hybrid drive system. The BMW Concept Active Tourer Outdoor, on the other hand, shows how a luxury compact model’s adaptability to the differing requirements of sports and leisure activities can be optimized through a well-devised use of space and clever detail solutions.

BMW will also showcase the latest innovations developed under the Efficient Dynamics banner as well as the new Original BMW Accessories and the recent additions to the BMW ConnectedDrive line-up. BMW is slated to show the variety of driver assistance systems and mobility services as well as depth of BMW i3 services developed to meet the demands of electric mobility and urban driving. BMW has also restructured its BMW ConnectedDrive range.

BMW's new 4-Series Coupe features dynamic proportions that significantly differ from those of the BMW 3-Series Coupe. The 4-Series Coupe has a total length of 4,638 mm, making it 26 mm longer than the 3-Series, and it has a 2,810-mm wheelbase, which is 50 mm longer wheelbase. Moreover, its roofline now runs 16 mm lower than before at 1,362 mm, allowing it to shine a vivid spotlight on the coupe's dynamically stretched outline. Along with these dimensions are the 4-Series Coupe's short overhangs, long bonnet, flowing roofline, and set-back passenger compartment that are all typical of a BMW. These elements contribute to the impeccable visual balance of the vehicle's silhouette.

Furthermore, the 4-Series Coupe's 1,825-mm width, which is an increase of 43 mm over that of the previous model, rounds off its athletic appearance. Also, for the very first time, the car's broadest point is marked by rear wheel arches. The resultant 45 mm-wider front track (at 1,545 mm total) and full 80 mm of extra rear axle width (at 1,593 mm total) promise further enhancements in BMW's already superior sporting characteristics.

What's more, the 4-Series Coupe boasts an eye-catching front end, complete with prominently sporting contours. Its signature BMW design features for the front-end, like the twin circular headlights and the double-kidney grille, identify it as a BMW at first glance. It can be seen that the 4-Series Coupe is eager to show off its very close family ties with its predecessor, the BMW 3-Series. However, the 4-Series Coupe carries a more athletic approach to its work, highlighting its dynamic convictions. What's more, its stunning front end is a showcase of multifaceted surfaces and precise contours.

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