BMW hit the ground running last year with their electrified model offensive, and the concepts and new models are still rolling out. We’ve had the i Vision Concept (hinting strongly at the long-rumored i5) and the rollout of a full “i Performance” line in the form of the 330e, 740e, 530e, and more.

Last week BMW released a teaser of the next installment in this lineup, expected to be a plug-in crossover dubbed the iX3. But electrification is not the feature grabbing the most headlines; rather, the new interpretation of the kidney grille as a one-piece design is making waves.

 

We’ve already seen a tentative version of the new centrally-joined kidney grille on the new M2 Competition, but the true single-piece design seems destined to make its debut on the new crossover SAV. What are your thoughts? Do you prefer this setup, or the vertical format on the X7 and 8 Series concepts? Let us know in the comments, and keep an eye out for imagery on the iX3 around or before the Beijing Auto Show.—David Rose

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