The production version of BMW’s all new 4-Series has been revealed, the coupe version of the current 3-Series saloon, with the Munich-based manufacturer set to debut it publically at September’s Frankfurt Motor Show.
The car is to replace a car we’ve known for quite some time now, the 3-Series coupe, and the 4-Series will still follow the conventional layout, albeit a little larger in scale. The car’s wheelbase is 50mm longer, its track widths are significantly greater and suspension lower. BMW boast that the 4-Series claims the whole range’s lowest centre of gravity.
The Four’s range of engines start with the four-cylinder 181bhp 420i, rising to the 435i which has 302bhp from its 3.0-litre straight-six. There are three diesel options, consisting of the 420d, 430d and the 435d, the latter having 309bhp on tap from its 3.0-litre straight-six, and the two premium diesels are only available with an eight-speed automatic gearbox; this is optional across the rest of the range.
The 420d boasts fuel consumption of a claimed 61.4mpg and the 435i is capable of a 0-62mph time of an impressive 5.1sec and a limited 155mph top speed.
BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system will be available as an option over the regular rear-drive system on the 420i and 420d, but is standard on the 435d. All models benefit from front and rear parking sensors, heated seats, a digital radio and leather seats as standard. An optional M Sport package sees the suspension stiffened and more aggressive exterior and interior styling.
Sales in the UK for the 4-Series start in October and prices will begin at £31,575 for the 420i SE. A convertible will inevitably follow in the future, with an M variant also expected in due course and will likely use the same turbocharged straight-six engine for the next M3.
The outgoing 3-Series coupe and convertible models still offer good driving kicks until then, with used examples available at decent prices at dealers such as used cars Coventry.