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The future is toothy: BMW Concept 4 shows off company's future sedan design

BMW is showing off the future of its sedan looks with this new concept car.

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First there were the comparisons between the front of the 2019 BMW X7 and Bette Midler's character from "Hocus Pocus." BMW isn't backing down. They've taken their new design language even further with the BMW Concept 4, a blunt and toothy take on the future of the sedan.

"The BMW Concept 4 embodies the aesthetic essence of the BMW brand. It combines perfect proportions with a clear and precise design," says Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design.

At its front is the company's kidney grille, which sits abruptly on the front of an extended hood with creases that give the concept the character of a Lexus or Infiniti model. The car's Forbidden Red paint job gives the car sporty character.

BMW Concept 4

BMW Concept 4 face grille

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The BMW Concept 4 design alludes to the future design language of BMW's sedans.

BMW's presentation of the model emphasized the car's athleticism, something that the German automaker is known for. The design further emphasizes the car's strength by adding a muscular back end and sleek lines that showcase the vehicle's length.

The most attractive parts of the car are in the details. Its aerodynamic side mirrors look ready to slice through the air while the taillights are an intriguing squiggle that emphasize the car's thicc-ness.

The BMW Concept 4 is just that, a concept car, but it does allude to the design we can expect coming down the line. The concept is expected to come to life as the redesigned BMW 4 Series and the forthcoming all-electric BMW i4.

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Just 55 of the SUV will be built.

Mercedes

The Mercedes-Benz G-Class is an aspirational vehicle, and is one that shouts "I've made it" to the world. Its six-figure price tag legitimate military background, and hardcore off-road capabilities make it appealing on many levels, and there's even a go-fast version from AMG. The G63 cranks up the already bonkers G-Class to 11, with a big V8 and aggressive styling. To commemorate AMG's 55th year tuning Mercedes' vehicles, the automaker is releasing a limited "Edition 55" G 63.

Mercedes-AMG G 63 "Edition 55"The Edition 55 gets unique styling touches inside and out. Mercedes

Though the Edition 55 adds plenty of unique flair to the AMG-massaged G-Wagen, the SUV's beating heart remains untouched. It's a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 making 577 horsepower, and is good for a 0-60 mph time of just 4.5 seconds. That's in an SUV with a curb weight just shy of 6,000 pounds. Four-wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic transmission are also standard.

Mercedes says the Edition 55 comes finished in Obsidian Black metallic and rides on 22-inch forged wheels, even though the images it sent to accompany the announcement clearly show a not-black SUV. It also comes with the AMG Night Package, which brings blacked-out trim and unique accents, and the fuel filler cap is embossed with the AMG logo. Inside, the cabin features a black and red color scheme with stainless steel accents throughout. Black velour floor mats stitched with "Edition 55" in red are standard, along with an AMG Performance steering wheel wrapped in microfiber. The seats are covered in black and red Nappa leather upholstery, and Edition 55 badges are seen throughout the space.

Mercedes-AMG G 63 "Edition 55"The 577-hp super SUV can sprint to 60 mph quicker than many sports cars. Mercedes

When Mercedes says "limited edition" here, it means business. Just 55 of the SUVs will be available in the United States, and will be released later this year. There's no word on ordering or pricing details yet, but it's a safe bet that the ultra-exclusive G-Wagen will sell out quickly.

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Buyers of the new iX and i4 will get two years of free charging sessions.

BMW/Electrify America

BMW is accelerating its electric vehicle efforts and currently offers two brand-new EVs, with more promised soon. To help improve adoption of new technologies and ease people into EV ownership, BMW is partnering with Electrify America, a company that builds and operates charging infrastructure, to provide free charging to buyers of its new electric models. Buyers will receive two years of free charging sessions at any Electrify America location.

BMW i4 ChargingAt max speed, the i4 can recover up to 108 miles in ten minutes.BMW/Electrify America

The service comes with the sale of a new BMW iX xDrive50, i4 eDrive40, or i4 M50 starting in March. At no extra cost, buyers receive complimentary charging at over 3,000 chargers across the country. BMW says the charging benefit will last for two years from the date of the vehicle purchase, and notes that it will provide free 30-minute charging sessions. The service is similar to the programs developed by other automakers, some with Electrify America.

\u200bBMW/Electrify AmericaElectrify America operates thousands of chargers across the country.Electrify America

Charging speeds can be a major issue, but Electrify America's ultra-fast chargers can deliver between 150 and 350 kW. Those are the fastest speeds available today, which enables the i4 to recover up to 108 miles in just ten minutes. The company operates 800 charging stations and around 3,500 individual ultra-fast chargers in the United States. Electrify America plans to more than double those numbers by 2026 with the addition of 1,800 charging stations that feature 10,000 individual vehicle chargers.

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