It’s been know for some time that BMW was planning to turn its new 4 Series 2 door coupe into a four door. However, after the leaking of images of the car on the web, BMW decided to release full details of the 4 Series Gran Coupe ahead of its debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show March 6th to 16th.
The 4 Series Gran Coupe styling is the real story here because it follows the same pattern as the larger 6 Series Gran Coupe. The 6 Series Gran Coupe is a good looking car, so being compared to it is far from insulting. However, while the rumor mill was still spinning the 4 Series Gran Coupe was expected to have moved the bar further from the 3 Series than it has. The body looks different for sure, but underneath virtually everything is the same as the rest of the 3 and 4 Series lineup.
As with the rest of the 4 Series lineup, the Gran Coupe destine for the USA market will be available with two engine choices. There is the 428i with a 2.0-L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, producing 240 hp (179 kW) and 255 lb-ft of torque. The other is the 435i with a 3.0-L turbocharged inline-six, delivering 300 hp (224 kW) and 300 lb-ft of torque. The 428i Gran Coupe will be able to go from 0 to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds. The 435i will trim the time down to 4.9 seconds.
An 8-speed, sport Steptronic automatic is going to be the only transmission option. Both models will be available with rear wheel drive, but at launch the 428i Gran Coupe can be optionally equipped with BMW’s xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive technology.
While the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe does have four doors, it’s almost the same size as the 2-door 4 Series. Basically it’s a stretched coupe, rather than a shrunk down sedan. The 4-door Gran Coupe has the same dimensions as the 2-door coupe; length 182.6″ (463.8 cm) by 71.9″ (182.5cm) in width, with a wheelbase of 110.6″ (281cm). The track dimensions of both versions are identical too, at 60.8″ (154.5cm) in the front, and 62.8″ (159.4cm) in the rear. However, the height of the 4-door Gran Coupe is 0.5″ (12mm) higher than the 2-door.
The 4 Series Gran Coupe retains classic BMW design features in the front, such as the kidney grille and dual, round LED headlight clusters. The body is where the changes are seen. It has flowing, multifaceted contours that flawlessly incorporate three-part, wide air intakes in the apron, as well as left and right apron corners with vertical air channels for the air curtains. Also incorporated into the body styling is an aerodynamic feature that directs air around the front wheels to enhance fuel efficiency. The gently slopping roof line appears to stretch the sides of the car, merging with the side windows and the high-gloss black B column.
The rear end features clear horizontal lines that accentuate the car’s athletic stance, and the tail lights are positioned at the outer edges. The effect is a visually smooth transition of the rear of the car into the body side panels.
The inside of the cockpit the focuses on driver orientation and control without compromising the passengers. The backrest can be folded to create more space for luggage or storage as required. When the seat is folded completely down the capacity can be expanded to as much as 1,300 liters, and is long enough to transport items such as golf bags, snowboards or skis.
Prices will start at $41,225 for a base 428i Gran Coupe. The 428i xDrive Gran Coupe will start at $43,225, and the 435i Gran Coupe will be $46,725. These prices include destination charges. The cars will go on sale this summer.