The two-section, rounded radiator grill, known as the kidney grille was first seen on the BMW 303 at the 1933 International Motor Show in Geneva and evolved during the course of time into one of the most distinctive BMW design features. Over decades the characteristic kidney grille has been interpreted in many different ways and still characterizes the unmistakable face of every BMW vehicle.
From the traditional single slats to more recently on the new M6; double slats, crome framed to the more contemporary BMW Performance Black grills. Whatever your preference is, the BMW kidney grill is one of the most identifiable front end features of a BMW.
Now BMW will once again interpret the kidney grills in a new way on the up coming BMW i series cars. The new sub-brand for BMW focuses on electric and hybrid vehicles with an emphasis on sustainable mobility and efficient dynamics, so the kidney grills needed to once again change its look from the normal BMW line of cars.
The BMW i cars will have a blue glowing frame and slats in the new “BMW Efficient Dynamics” designated color. This same blue can be found throughout the new line up of cars starting with the i3 in the fall of 2013 and the i8 Coupe and Spyder in 2014.
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