BMW decided not to wait for the internet to uncover the new 4 Series Gran Coupe and steal their big moment, and so they dropped the official details and pictures of the car over the weekend. The 4 Series Gran Coupe is a four-door version of a coupe, which is a two-door version of a sedan, but it’s not a sedan, it’s a coupe. It’s all very confusing.
You don’t need to know what it is, though. The only thing that matters is that the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe is as good-looking as the 4er coupe and nearly as practical as the 3 Series sedan. It will cost considerably more than an equivalent 3er though, otherwise nobody would buy the sedan anymore.
Boasting a sleek and sporty body, the 4 Series Gran Coupe has a lot more sex appeal than the 3 Series. But if we’re honest, that rear-end design has a whiff of the 3 Series Gran Turismo about it, which is not good. What’s more, the sloping roofline means rear passenger will have limited headroom, but at least the Gran Coupe makes up for it by offering a sizable boot with a 480 liter capacity and a big rear hatch for easy access. You can fold the rear seats and increase the capacity to 1,300 liters.
Engine-wise, the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe comes with three petrol and two diesel units, with xDrive all-wheel-drive system available on select models. The petrol lineup includes the 428i with a turbocharged four-pot developing 240 hp and 345 Nm of torque, and the 435i with a six-cylinder unit capable of 300 hp and 400 Nm. The former goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds and the latter in 4.9. In Europe, the car can also be had with a 180 hp four-cylinder in the 420i model.
As for the diesels, offered in the European market only, there is a 2.0 liter four-cylinder turbodiesel available in 140 hp and 180 hp tunes. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard, with a manual available for Europe, while 428i models can be ordered with xDrive.
Prices for the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe in America start from $41,225 for the 428i, $42,225 for the 428i xDrive, and $46,725 for the 435i. European pricing is yet to be announced.