Even though the kidney grille on the recently unveiled BMW Concept 4 Series is here to stay, rendering artists continue to reimagine the sports coupe in different ways. The latest to do so are the folks from CarThrottle who put together a couple of rendered images showing the new Concept 4 with downsized kidneys.

In the first step, the kidney grille is halved, both vertically and horizontally, resembling the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage R we saw years back. One could argue that the smaller, meshed grille fits better with the overall front look of the car, without taking away from all the other elegant design elements.

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Image provided by CarThrottle and Matt Robinson

This next image takes things a bit further. This time, through an even more radical downsizing process. Now the iconic kidney grille goes to the other extreme and unfortunately, it doesn’t work as well as the larger grille. Now the front-end is dominated by the large air intakes and proportions of the car, so we can see why the design team decided to go big.

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Clearly, the topic of the BMW 4 Series design will continue when the production car comes out in 2020. But according to BMW, the Concept 4 Series is 85 percent close to the series vehicle with no changes expected on the kidney grille. Furthermore, the press release issued at the Frankfurt Motor Show says that these new large vertically-opposed grilles harken back to cars like the original BMW 328.

What’s even more interesting is the fact that this kidney design will also end up on the next generation BMW M3 and M4, due out in 2020, so the trend will continue to other BMW models as well.

We recently spoke to Domagoj Dukec, BMW Head of Design, on this topic and you can read the interview here.