Fitting for a nation that judges a car's worth, at least in part, on rear seat room and comfort, BMW debuted its ultra-long, Vision Future Luxury concept at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show in April.
Equally fitting, given its uber-luxe stature, the car made its North American debut last weekend at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
Echoing the svelte design of the BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupé concept, first shown at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in 2013, the big sedan concept could foreshadow the look of the next-generation 7 Series – or perhaps an all-new 9 Series?.
Either way, it BMW says it offers a glimpse into the long-term view of modern luxury for the brand, calling it a forward-looking fusion of exclusivity and innovation, as well as a driving experience that is emotional and exclusive.
Key features are said to include a pioneering lightweight engineering concept and a seamlessly integrated user interface and driving experience that caters to the needs of all occupants at once.
The design of the instrument panel complements the design of the three-dimensional displays themselves, resulting in an impression of depth and spaciousness.
Carbon fibre materials abound in the interior, which is a showcase for a new manufacturing regimen called subtractive modeling. It involve milling away layers of materials initially formed as a multi-layer laminate.
A new carbon B-pillar design enables adoption of the concept's wide-opening rear coach doors.
The primary driver display is a "contact-analog" BMW Vision Head Up Display, which projectsinformation directly in the driver’s line of sight onto the road, directing the driver’s attention to specific information that is particularly important at any given time.
Front passengers get their own Passenger Information Display. which is connected to the Driver Information Display via a touch-sensitive panel. Information can be exchanged between driver and front passenger using simply by swiping. The relevant functions can be conveniently controlled by the front passenger using the iDrive Controller with touch-sensitive interface. And there's not a knob or button to be found.
In the rear, two Rear Seat Displays plus a detachable Rear Seat Touch Command Tablet complete the integrated user interface concept.
Two deeply contoured single seats provide a personal "comfort zone" for pampered rear seat passengers.