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BMW unveils the 4-Series Coupe Concept

Goodbye 3-Series Coupe, hello 4-Series Coupe...

Another image leak has forced BMW to reveal the 4-Series Coupe Concept today, much earlier than they had anticipated. This seems to be happening more and more these days, though it’s not surprising in the digital age. Images and copy will be sent all over the world to printers, media agencies and the like, so for some images to find their way to the web isn’t going to shock anyone. In fact, some believe the ‘leaks’ are actually all stage managed by PR companies as well, but that’s a story for another day. Onto the car…

The most surprising thing about this latest concept from BMW has to be the name. Traditionally there has always been a family of 3-Series models, including the saloon, estate, coupe and convertible, topped off by M3 models. But now, the coupe and convertible models will be split into their own model – the 4-Series. This has allowed BMW to be a little more adventurous with the styling, making it much more than just a saloon with two less doors.

With a look reminiscent of the larger 6-Series, this 4-Series Coupe Concept is a concept in name only, if BMW’s previous concepts are anything to go by. Trust us, take away a bit of the bling and this is the new 4-Series. The grille and headlights are similar to the 3-Series, but are shallower and more swept back, while the front bumper has a large lower opening spreading to the outer air intakes. This will likely be toned down for production, but shows how the M-Sport pack could look. The nose sits lower than on the 3-Series, which gives a definite look of Z4 to the nose, again no bad thing – the coupe variant has always needed a bit more sporting aggression to us.

The coupe roofline sweeps back to the tapered rear, with a swage line running the length of the sides, over the swollen rear arches. There is also a new vent in the front wing behind the front wheels. The coupe runs on 20-inch alloy wheels, but these are likely to become 19-inch on top M-Sport models in production.

No news on engines, but they are expected to follow the 3-Series model for model, but without the smaller engine diesels. Expect there to be a 420d model, up to a 440d, and petrol engines running from the 418i to the 435i. What happens on the M-variant is less clear.

Traditionally the fast small coupe from BMW has always been the M3. With the name change we would expect there to be an M3 saloon and now an M4 Coupe. This wouldn’t sit well with M-purists, but apparently BMW have got this all in hand. We assume that means they’ll stick with the M3 moniker…

Images and video courtesy of BMW GmbH

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more