Next BMW 4 Series Coupe will be officially disclosed today, but we have glimpsed a new car that seems to be an official image that was leaked online. The radical design overhaul that is on the cards for the new Series 4 is confirmed along with the oversized front grille that has attracted so much interest ahead of today’s launch.
As expected, the nose of the new BMW 4 Series is dominated by a pair of large, vertically oriented kidney grilles, unlike those currently available. 3 Series The saloon shares its platform with. Thus, BMW will use a new strategy with a new coupe. As of now, this is intrinsically related to Series 3, but the brand will clearly market as many new entrants as siblings to the salon, with a completely separate design. No other information has been published so far.
The new Series 4 is pushed through the final stages of its development cycle, with the latest spy shots showing lightly camouflaged test mules undergoing a handling assessment at Nurburgring. It will go on sale later this year, with anticipated four and six cylinder power. A convertible will follow, as will the hot version of M4.
We have been driving a prototype version of Coupe Series 4 – both the 430i and M440i trim are hot – and early signs show a large amount of promise. This is all we know about the car so far.
New BMW 4 Series: style
Before it leaks, BMW has released several official pictures of the new one 4 Series Coupe – and while the cars in the photos were wearing heavy camouflage, our spy photographer also saw various mules dressed in scanty clothing elsewhere – giving us a good indication of style. The big talking point is the front end of the new car.
BMW said that the polarization display was a new interpretation of the vertical grille seen in 328 famous brand sports cars and E9 coupes in the late sixties and early seventies. This controversial appearance is also intended to further distance the 4 Series Coupe from the 3 series of saloon which is the basis.
New BMW 4 Series: chassis and performance
Like its predecessor, the Series 4 is based on the Series 3 sedan, although with some mechanical and structural adjustments that should make it a sharper car to drive. The 57mm coupe body roofline is lower than the four doors, which not only increases aerodynamic efficiency slightly, but also lowers the center of gravity of the car by 21mm.
Further attention has been given to suspension settings. The coupe’s rear track has grown 23mm from the sedan, while a revised damper and reinforced front bulkhead promises a more precise steering response.
The 4 Series line-up will show increased focus on performance. We expect the hot M440i xDrive variant to arrive early marked by a more aggressive body kit and will be powered by a 369bhp straight-six engine with a 3.0 liter 369bhp engine, which will send power to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
BMW has also confirmed that the M440i xDrive model will feature a 48-volt lightweight hybrid arrangement. The electric motor adds an extra 11bhp, and is claimed to increase throttle response and provide a smoother way out of traffic. This motor is powered by a small extra battery which is charged from the energy that should have been wasted during deceleration.
The four-cylinder petrol version and the new diesel Series 4 version will also join the time fold.
BMW will also engineer the M4 flagship. This is not because of 2021, but it will also be powered by a 3.0 liter straight-six engine developed specifically by the BMW M Division. Shared with currently X3 M, this twin-turbocharged unit produces up to 503bhp and 600Nm. Plus, for the first time in the M4, a selectable four-wheel drive system will be used.
New BMW 4 Series: price and release date
BMW has not officially announced the price for the next generation of Series 4 Coupe, but buyers should expect to pay a small premium over a series of equivalent Series 3. We expect prices for the range-topping M440i model to start from around £ 47,000, while the 430i variant is a lower price for sure than the price of around £ 42,000.
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