BMW's new 4 Series coupe has been revealed ahead of going on sale in Australia in October 2020.
Stylistically the new model doesn’t stray far from the template laid out by earlier 3 Series and 4 Series coupe models, with the exception of the eye-catching grille, which the company says is a modern interpretation of the units fitted to the 328 and 3.0 CSi.
At launch in Australia the 4 Series coupe will be available at launch with two 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engines, both with an eight-speed auto and rear-wheel drive.
The 420i has 135kW and 300Nm, and a 0-100km/h time of 7.5 seconds. Step up to the 430i and you’ll have 190kW and 400Nm underfoot. It only requires 5.8s to hit the 100km/h.
Six-cylinder fans can opt for the M440i xDrive, which is powered by a 3.0-litre turbo straight-six with 275kW and 500Nm. With its standard eight-speed auto and all-wheel drive, it can complete the 100km/h standard in 4.8s.
A 420d model is also available in Europe, which has a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel with multi-stage turbo. Available in either rear- or all-wheel drive, the oil-burner is rated at 140kW and 400Nm.
All diesel and six-cylinder petrol drivetrains are fitted as standard with a 48V mild hybrid system capable of giving an 8kW boost.
The new coupe measures 4768mm long, 1852mm wide, 1383mm tall, and rides on a 2851mm wheelbase.
Compared to the outgoing model, the ‘G22’ is 128mm longer, 27mm wider, 6mm taller, and has a 41mm longer wheelbase.
Next to the 3 Series sedan, the coupe’s roof is 57mm closer to the ground, while the centre of gravity is 21mm lower and the track is 23mm wider.
Standard features across all models, at least in Europe, include LED headlights, M-branded sports suspension, an 8.8-inch infotainment system, and acoustic glass.
As far as safety goes, the 4 Series is available with adaptive cruise control, lane centring assist, autonomous emergency braking, lane change assistance, head-up display, and automated parking.
The roster of available items includes adaptive Laserlight headlamps, adaptive suspension with electronically-controlled dampers, carbon-fibre exterior parts, a 12.3-inch digital instrumentation display, wireless smartphone charging, video drive recorder, and a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment setup.
BMW’s era of smartphone agnosticism has begun with Android Auto compatibility now available alongside Apple CarPlay. The BMW Operating System 7 infotainment system can be updated over-the-air, and permits some features to be added to the car after purchase.
The optional M Sport package includes large air intakes at the front, 19-inch alloy wheels, and knee pads on both sides of the centre console.
The 4 Series coupe range goes on sale in Australia from October 2020. Local pricing and specifications will be announced closer to the car’s local launch.
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