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What do you think of BMW’s new grille?

What do you think of BMW’s new grille?

2020 2 Series Gran Coupe comes with redesigned and enlarged kidney grille

At the recent Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany, BMW unveiled the Concept 4, a “future-focused interpretation of the BMW Group’s enduring DNA,” the automaker said. 

Among the most obvious design changes was what BMW said was the “vertically oriented kidney grille,” which it presented as a “reference” to vehicles such as the historic 328 or 3.0 CSi, the automaker added.

Concept 4 grille shown recently in Frankfurt

“The kidney grille’s grating contains horizontal trim elements with a faceted cut which create a neat contrast against the sporty design of the front end…” BMW said at the time.

Fast forward to this week when the company unveiled the 202o BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe with a twin-kidney grille that even it describes as “a large connecting design element of the front of the new car.”

Which leads us to this question for the classic car community and especially for fans, and collectors, of the brand: Do you like what BMW has done with its historic twin-kidney grille? 

Please share your reactions in the Comments section below.

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  • David Bailey
    October 18, 2019, 2:10 PM

    Reminds me of a Taurus for some reason. Stick with success and traditional styling.

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    • Jeremy Listerud@David Bailey
      October 18, 2019, 3:37 PM

      The history of BMW was that of a typical competitive automaker that always had wins and losses. In the last two decades the BMW grill has become outdated like the Lamborghini body styles. Its the 1990’s show with them. I think its time to move forward. I would like to see some flare in the styling. However, the mechanical and electrical still are poor. They need standard awd, standard r wheel steer, and standard sport shift with all automatics.

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  • Jerry Homsley
    October 18, 2019, 2:11 PM

    The new Concept 4 kidney grill is bold, aggressive looking and a radical change for BMW. I like the look. I’ll stop by my dealer soon to check it out.

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  • Stacy Boulderdash
    October 18, 2019, 2:33 PM

    Deterioration of their grill design as is their quality in workmanship. Too little for too much!

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  • Dale Wilken
    October 18, 2019, 3:29 PM

    Looks like a Kia grille do not like it.

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  • Jeremy Listerud
    October 18, 2019, 3:31 PM

    The grill of the BMW has always been outdated sunce the 1990’s. Its about time they update it a little. I understand the Tradition in it as a "trademark" much like the Aston Martin or JEEP, but its time to progress forward.

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    • harold grimes@Jeremy Listerud
      October 18, 2019, 7:40 PM

      The new grill looks plain much like everyone else, definitely not distinctive

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      • Edgar McKean, III@harold grimes
        October 19, 2019, 8:24 AM

        An unnecessary departure from a distinctive, well recognized marker and tradition.

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        • M Ascher@Edgar McKean, III
          November 10, 2019, 11:50 AM

          The grill is sheer blasphemy- i saw the picture and ran to my garage to gaze upon my very first bmw- 1972 2002tii. That i have owned for 47 years- it’s grill need no improvement nor would a 503 or 507- the proposed grill is a concession to the japanese makes- i have driven 3’s 4’sand 5’s all with the distinctive bmw griil- I will not buy any bmw with such a monstrous nose

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