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1 Series - CS1 (2002 concept) - Design

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Unmistakable face and refined lights technology.
Apart from the shoulder line extending all round the car, the CS1 concept car takes up yet another feature of BMW’s smaller models equally rich in tradition: the high-rising, almost vertical front end. This also proves that dynamic looks and performance do not necessarily require flat, allegedly “sleek” design at the front. The well-balanced, aerodynamic shape of the car gave the designers a lot of freedom in their work, allowing them to create an unmistakable face making the CS1 quite unique even within the BMW model range.
The traditional dual headlights are set off against one another in dynamic arrangement, surrounded by the new but already very popular light rings as yet another distinctive BMW design element. A small “window” between the two headlights offers a glimpse of the bi- xenon headlight technology, at the same time underlining the car’s modern design also at this point. The glass covers on the headlights extend over the front edge up to the engine compartment lid, providing the impression of eyes wide open. Together with the powerful-looking front air dam with its wide air intake scoop, these “eyes” give the CS1 an alert, refined and dynamic look.
The rear lights are a combination of illuminated areas and double light rings integrated in the surface. Light-emitting diodes in ring shape provide all the functions of the brake lights, direction indicators and back-up lights. The entire background around the LED rings is illuminated in red from behind to provide an ideal tail light function. Apart from the impression of depth and a three-dimensional configuration, this design also bears testimony to the high standard of technical refinement.

Interior Design.
The futuristic interior of the CS1 Concept Car points even further into the future, while nevertheless still focusing on the philosophy of agility and youthful elegance. Both the design and the choice of materials emanate flair of optimism, joy of life and spontaneity characteristic of a new generation enjoying life and expressing this joy through their lifestyle.
The interior does without any opulence and bulky elements, the designers focusing instead in their drafts on the elegant world of fashion and modern architecture. The result is a fresh and useful ambience, classic and modern materials being used consciously to express their character also through their shapes and forms. Indeed, modern, flexible materials open up entirely new options in this area.
A feature you will notice at very first sight are the unusually delicate surfaces finished in fabric or leather, for example on the neck rests, above the cockpit or in the centre armrest. To provide an almost “breezy” and light atmosphere within the car, these materials have not been used as usual just as the surface lining on top of solid interior elements. Rather, they come on fine aluminium frames, forming such elements themselves or at least indicating their contours through their own shape. Ultimately, this not only saves space, but also ensures a generous feeling of large dimensions despite the small size of the car. And last but not least, the designers are able to clearly prove in this way that saving weight need not necessarily detract from the beauty of elegance and style.
Tension hovering above the cockpit.
An aluminium crossbar with both a light and solid feeling forms the central axis in the cockpit. It is supported visibly by two wing-like swinging arms rising up out of the centre tunnel and extending to the two sides of the cockpit at either end. Covered with soft neoprene, the two swinging arms offer a particularly attractive touch. The right-hand arm is flexible and, whenever required, provides access to the bag-like glove compartment right behind.
Dome-like surfaces appearing to hover in space above the aluminium crossbar round off the cockpit. Covered in fine, flexible neoprene, these surfaces freely encompass the free space created in this way. Beneath this “roof” there is adequate space for the freestanding controls and instruments, the speedometer and rev counter attached directly to the steering column. These two circular instruments vary in size, thus taking up a design element already well known from the cockpits of BMW motorcycles. They are surrounded by discreet light rings reminiscent themselves of the headlights’ new look.
Elegance and function: perfect use of materials.
The choice of materials and colours on the CS1 consistently follows a concept combining elegance with agility and function. The foundation of the interior, starting with the floor panel above the centre tunnel with the swinging arms holding the cockpit and extending all the way to the stable seat backrest shells, expresses its solidity through the dark Storm Blue colour. The surfaces are finished in robust neoprene.
Elements providing a load-bearing function within the interior demonstrate their purpose through the use of matt aluminium. The interior structure, the cockpit bracket, and the load-bearing side profiles of the centre tunnel are all clearly visible along the two main axes. At the same time smaller details such as the neck rest supports, the door handles, belt latches and the gearshift lever underline the stability of the entire structure and their own specific function.
Wherever people come into direct contact with the car, experiencing the comfort features of the CS1, soft materials in a warm brown Pale Camel dominate the look of all surfaces. The seat bottoms, neck rests and the steering wheel are finished in soft Nappa leather, the side panels of the seat subject to greater loads come in soft and robust Nubuk leather of the highest quality.
Comfortable gel pads and mysterious shades of colour.
Highlights in colour and material, very discreet but highly effective, give the interior a special touch. Transparent gel pads in the seat bottoms, for example, ensure supreme comfort also on long journeys. Soft, semi-transparent materials in the door pockets underline the open and light character maintained throughout the design of the interior. And last but not least, colour shades beneath the freely elevating neoprene-covered surfaces above the cockpit provide a mysterious but nevertheless harmonious and warm ambience. The rear of this multi-layer high-tech material is finished in brilliant Flame Orange, a striking colour filling the free spaces behind the instruments without being directly visible. As a match, the controls in the aluminium trim are illuminated in orange from behind.

Last Updated on Sunday, 07 August 2005 07:46  

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