Having published two leaked images of the new BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe earlier on today, we are now able to bring you more images and details of the car that aims to bust yet another niche, (no it really is different to the 3-Series Saloon!).
The car will join the Coupe, Convertible and saloon to complete the current line-up and we think the car looks rather attractive thanks to its low and very raked roof line that looks much more dynamic and athletic that that of the 3-Series Gran Coupe. Only once we have had a chance to sit in the rear will we know if the roof line has compromised head room.
The 4-Series Gran Coupé has exactly the same dimensions as the two-door coupé: a length of 4,638 millimeters, a width of 1,825 millimeters and a wheelbase of 2,810 millimeters. Up front, both models are identical and share the typical BMW design features such as the double-kidney grille, dual round headlights and the large air intake in the front apron.
The roof of the Gran Coupé is twelve millimeters higher, 112 mm longer and gently stretched allowing it to flow smoothly into the rear quarter panels and boot lid allowing the sporty looks to remain un-compromised. The typical BMW short overhangs, the long bonnet and the set-back passenger compartment complement the design of the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé to express perfect balance combined with a bold presence.
The car will be launched with a mix of five petrol and diesel engines, the usual mix of fast yet frugal power plants that we are sure will suit the balance and purposeful looks of the cars exterior. The most exciting engine in the launch line-up will be the 435i, a six-cylinder in-line 3.0-liter petrol engine delivering 225 kW/306 hp. All engines feature BMW’s latest TwinPower Turbo technology.
The BMW 428i Gran Coupé and 420d Gran Coupé can be optionally equipped with BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive technology adding to the cars usability all year round. All models can also be specced with optional eight-speed Steptronic or eight-speed sport Steptronic transmissions, manual gearboxes are standard, something that is becoming less and less common.
Inside the leather filled cabin it is all usual BMW. The majority of controls are managed via the latest generation iDrive wheel and clear driver facing monitor. Lines from the cockpit stretch along the front doors and the B column into the rear passenger compartment. They create a sense of unity encompassing the front and back seats, as do the seamless transitions formed by the interior door panels. The shape of the rear bench seat resembles the look of two individual seats, but the upholstered “console surface” between them can also accommodate a third passenger in the middle (4+1 seater).
What do you think of the 4 Series Gran Coupe? A welcome addition to 4 Series line-up or a niche to far?