BMW reveals the new 4-Series
The Audi A5 and Mercedes C-Class Coupe had better watch their backs – the new BMW 3-Series coupe may be dead, but the 4-Series is here and it looks fantastic. Accepting the mid-sized coupe into their new naming strategy (even numbers for saloons/estates, odd for coupe/cabriolets) is a bold move for BMW, as this is the first time that there won’t be a 3-Series Coupe model (if you accept the e30 3dr as a Coupe model) which means there won’t be an M3 Coupe any more. More on that later…
For now we have the 4-Series to pore over. Looking very much like the Concept we saw earlier this year (no surprises there), especially in Sport guise, the 4-Series is certainly one of the better looking coupes in the market, making the A5 seem decidedly dull. The 4-Series does the usual BMW trick of being visually similar to the saloon it is based upon, with the similar headlights now meeting a wider kidney grille which is chrome ringed and thicker at the point it meets the lights. There are large foglight areas in gloss black and a wide intake at the bottom of the bumper.
There is a pronounced swage line running from the front wing to the rear lights giving a sporting look to the 4er, while the front wings sport a small vent now. At the rear there are a new large set of tail lights and a more sharply edged boot than we’ve seen before. It certainly makes the 4er now look like a standalone model, much more so than before. Inside, the 4-Series uses mostly the same interior as the 3-Series, which means a cleanly laid out, uncluttered driver-focused driving zone with plenty of tech on offer.
At launch there will be just three engines available – a 181 bhp 2.0 litre four cylinder turbodiesel in the 420d, a 242 bhp 2.0 litre four cylinder petrol in the 428i and a 302 bhp 3.0 litre six cylinder in the 435i. One month later another three engines will be added – a 181 bhp 2.0 litre petrol in the 420i, a 254 bhp 3.0 litre six cylinder diesel in the 430d, and a 309bhp version of that unit in the 435d.
BMW’s all-wheel drive xDrive system will be available on the 420 models, but will be standard on the 435d. All other models are rear wheel drive and run through a six speed manual gearbox with an optional eight-speed automatic. The 435d gets this auto as its only option. There will be five trim levels offered - SE, Sport, Modern, Luxury and M-Sport.
We can expect the M4 to be launched late next year, powered by a 450 bhp version of the 3.0 litre twin turbo petrol engine and featuring suitably pumped-up bodywork.
The 4-Series goes on sale in October starting from £31,575 for the 420d SE.
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