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Fresh BMW Concept i4 champions electric driving, grand touring

The BMW Concept i4will evolve to become the new i4 electric sedan.

Photo courtesy of BMW

With a giant buck-toothed grille and all-electric powertrain, the BMW Concept i4 made its debut this week showing off what a future BMW i4 will look like. BMW has already said that the i4 will enter production in 2021. When it does so, it will be BMW's first luxury midsize electric vehicle (EV).

The thoroughly modern grand tourer has a strong stance and questionable fascia choices. It features a long wheelbase and the type of fastback roofline that makes German automakers keen to call it a "coupe" despite the fact that it has four doors. Its midsize proportions are similar to the current BMW 5 Series.

BMW Concept i4

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Its enormous grille no longer serves a cooling purpose but rather houses technology required to keep the car on the road. The Concept i4 is shown in a Frozen Light Copper paint job.

At the rear, there are long, L-shaped taillights and vertical air intakes. Because it is an EV, there are no tailpipes.

Throughout the exterior there are blue tinted design elements that are common on modern vehicles denoting their electrified powertrain. It has unique wheels that were designed just for the concept.

The four-door tourer has an EPA-estimated range for 270 miles, is able to achieve 530 horsepower, and can get from zero tp 62 mph in 4.0 seconds. BMW says that its top speed is in excess of 124 mph. Its battery weighs roughly 550 kilograms and has an energy content of around 80 kWh.

There are three drive modes: Core, Sport, and Efficient. BMW says that these modes give a hint at what is to come in the i4.

BMW has orientated the cabin of the Concept i4 for the driver. A new BMW Curved Display pairs with the steering wheel and features technology that promises to make infotainment tech functionality more intuitive. Like the Cadillac curved OLED screen, the Concept i4's display is non-reflective and does not require a shroud.

There are almost no buttons on the minimalistic center stack. Nearly every operation relies on touch control, including the functionality of a traditional shifter. Gold Bronze accent strips finish off the interior with a high level of sophistication.

BMW highlights the large amount of head- and legroom in the midsize model. BMW has equipped the model with sport seats in the front and rear.

Look for the true version of the BMW Concept i4 will likely be revealed later this year or early next.

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The Fiat 500 made a snazzy debut earlier this year and a new film documented the one-off models designed to celebrate the new generation of Italian design.

Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

There's so much more to the auto business than getting a vehicle to a dealership. One of the sides rarely captured in newsreels, but drooled over by fans are restored and modified creations. Heck, SEMA has built an entire convention around it. The MotorTrend network is almost entirely devoted to the cause.

Those mods are usually on existing cars, however. A new film released by Fiat takes a look at how three Fiat 500s were modified before they debuted.

New Fiat 500⎮One Shot - Trailer www.youtube.com

"One-Shot" is the first docufilm by the automaker. It covers a six month journey to create a unique one-off ahead of the debut of the redesigned Fiat 500 earlier this year. The new model is an all-electric car that retains much of the classic Fiat looks but with a completely modern powertrain.

"You never get a second chance to make a good first impression." These words, from Olivier François – President, Fiat Brand Global and FCA Chief Marketing Officer – open the film, explaining how the debut of the New 500 should be considered as a milestone in the brand's history.

The documentary is dedicated to the three cars designed by high-end brands - Armani, Bvlgari, and Kartell. Armani is a fashion house, Bvlgari is a jewelry company, and Kartell sells contemporary furniture.

Filmmakers take the viewer on a journey from the moment the company representatives first met with Fiat in Turin through the launch of the three exclusive cars in Milan earlier this year.

Fiat 500 "One Shot" docufilm still shots

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The new 500 has a more aggressive exterior that's less bulbous but still retains many fo the design characteristics of the 500 of years past. It has a range of approximately 199 miles (WLTP). Fiat has given the car three drive modes: Normal, Range and Sherpa. The Range drive mode allows for one-pedal driving.

The 500 is the first Fiat to receive FCA's new UConnect 5 system, which is compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and wireless communication. It comes equipped with a 10.25-inch touch screen.

Officially, the decision on whether or not to bring the new Fiat 500 to U.S. shores is still up in the air.

You can watch the film below.

New Fiat 500 | One Shot documentary by VICE - Genesis of the New 500 One-Offs www.youtube.com

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A Hollywood model creator put pictures on his portfolio website reportedly showing the new Batmobile.

Photo courtesy of ComicBookMovie.com; Jeff Frost

Model maker Jeff Frost posted images of models reportedly showing the the new Batmobile from the forthcoming film "The Batman". There's a lot of reason to believe that they reveal the real design vision of the Batmobile and aren't just some models from an enthusiast.

Frost is a model maker and sculptor with experience on a wide variety of films over the last two decades including "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2", "Star Trek: Beyond", "Thor", and "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice". He's created landscapes and animals, and vehicles as part of his work, as displayed on his portfolio website.

After the images leaked, one page of his website became unable to be found - the one that was originally designated for "The Batman". Then suddenly the whole website was made private. That likely means that the studio asked Frost to remove the images, which lends more credence to their credibility.

'The Batman' Batmobile Concept Model

Photo courtesy of ComicBookMovie.com; Jeff Frost

Luckily, ComicBookMovie.com saved the images so they could be shared.

This isn't the first time we've seen the Batmobile. Director Matt Reeves teased the vehicle in a tweet. Those images were enough for AutomotiveMap to speculate on what the design origins and and capability of the new Batmobile are.

Much of the speculation based on the tweet holds up as the new model images have been shown. Its illuminated back end is more apparent in the new images, showing a design with direct lineage to previous Batmobiles. The car appears to be the right blend of throwback and new age.

And, if you look closely at the model photos, you can see a miniature Batman sitting inside the car, confirming that it's left-hand drive.

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