BMW Vision Future LuxuryApril 20th, 2014
BMW has revealed a concept vehicle and design statements which provide insight into the future direction of its philosophy when it comes to automotive luxury. The overall vision is highlighted by lightweight modern materials and technological innovation, especially inside the car.
For starters, as is already clear from the i3 and i8, carbon is a material that is here to stay at BMW, and the brand intends on using the material even more:
“The intelligent lightweight engineering concept of the BMW Vision Future Luxury is expressed in the design principle of subtractive modeling. That is to say, the specific geometry and functions of an individual component are created from one and the same layered composite structure, comprising many different levels and materials. An initial base layer of fine carbon fabric is followed by a functional level featuring user interface components, control and display interfaces and lighting functions, which in turn is followed by a further structural, load-bearing layer of aluminum for additional strength. Finally, the top layers comprise wood, then leather, to create a warm and comfortable ambience. In a given area of the interior, the multi-layer structure is “milled down” to the appropriate depth depending on what surface material and what function is required. Since the interior geometry is therefore always pared down to essentials, this cuts total weight substantially. This treatment also makes for virtually seamless transitions and very elegant, fluid surfaces.”
As part of its design philosophy, BMW will reveal the carbon material inside the vehicle, rather than hide it – with it being visible in areas such as the doors, and minimal B-pillar. Even the seat frames will be integral to the carbon load-bearing structure of the car – though it’s unclear how the seats will adjust as designed. The concept vehicle also features the same sort of wide-opening coach-style doors found on the i3. On the front of the car, you’ll find BMW’s laserlight system, which provides bright, yet highly adjustable parallel light with low energy consumption. On the rear, the vehicle features OLED lighting, to provide self-illuminating, colorful, displayed in a unique L-shaped form.
Inside, you’ll find a high-tech user interface which wraps around the driver with a set of displays, providing driving feedback, as well as access to relevant information while driving. The Vision concept also includes a heads up display which can augment the drivers view out of the windshield by projecting information or road hazards and traffic information among other things.
For the first time in a BMW, driver and front-seat passenger will get independent displays, with the passenger’s touchscreen focused on infotainment, and the driver’s focused on driving controls so as not to cause distraction. In addition, the rear seat passengers each have their own command tablet, which can provide not only internet-based streaming music and video, but travel and driving information.
Thanks to the strong, but lightweight construction of the front seats, rear seat passengers are offered extra space to relax in, with deeply contoured seats, and a retractable table like the ones you might find on an aircraft. Again, the materials are top grad, including the integration of wood, aniline leather, and silk carpeting.