That most iconic of grille designs, through the ages. Is the new 4 Series snout a fitting tribute to the designs of early BMWs?
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The reveal of the new 2021 BMW 4 Series Coupe, due to hit local showrooms in 2021, has sparked debate surrounding its large 'kidney' grille.

Long a signature of the BMW brand, the 'kidney' grille has evolved over the years, starting life on the BMW 303 (below), the first car to sport what is technically called a bifurcated grille.

Over the intervening decades, BMW's signature grille has evolved in design and shape, as well as size.

By the 1970s and 1980s, the 'kidney' grille had shrunken into a tiny representation of the original before beginning a growth spurt through the '90s and into the 21st century to where we are now with the new 4 Series.

Above: The 328 Kamm Coupe (1938)

Above: BMW 502 Saloon (1954)

Above: BMW 507 (1956)

Above: BMW 1500 Neue Klasse (1962)

Above: BMW M1 (1978)

Above: BMW 528i (E12, 1972-81)

Above: BMW 530i (E34, 1988-96)

Above: BMW 750iL (E32, 1986-94)

Above: BMW 3 Series (E90, 2004-13)

Above: BMW 760Li (F01, 2008-15)

Above: 2020 BMW X7 M50i xDrive

Above: 2021BMW 4 Series

So, what do you think of the new direction BMW is taking its famous 'kidney' grille? And which era is your favourite?

Let us know in the comments below.