All-new BMW 4 Series revealed
The all-new 4 Series Coupé has been publicly announced by BMW, verifying the style and styling information that we had seen on the leaked photos. According to the production manager, the bright new look of the next-gen 4 Series Coupé reflects “everything BMW should stand for”. Improving its diverse efficiency has also become a priority.
While it is based on the same CLAR architecture as the new 3 Series, BMW has significantly overhauled the coupé ‘s style. It sports a streamlined side profile with bright borders, diminished use of some of the conventional style lines from BMW and small, full-LED front and rear lamps.
The updated styling is meant to better differentiate the double-door, four-seat coupé from its parent, the 3 Series sedan. The BMW 4 Series debuted in 2014 as a stand-alone product, taking the baton from the 3-door 3 Series.
The latest 4 Series, weighing 4,768 mm, is 128 mm longer than its predecessor, with its wheelbase rising to 2,851 mm by 41 mm – matching the existing 3 Series. Although the coupé is just 27 mm narrower than before (at 1,852 mm) and 6 mm higher (at 1,383 mm), its track has been raised in front by 28 mm and in the rear by 18 mm. The sizes of alloy wheels range from 18 “to 20”.
The BMW 4 Series 4 seat cabin features a range of common trends in BMW design. There is a reworked interface with a revised drive selector, including the start button in the center console. Added additions are the newest iteration of iDrive infotainment features from BMW, including a smaller, bigger head-up display.
New sports seats are available as standard, while the rear folding seats break 40:20:40. The boot is 440 liters tall.
The BMW 4 Series will come with three petrol engines and one diesel engine. The 4 Series will come with three petrol engines and one diesel engine. Two 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol engine provide 184hp (420i) and 258hp (430i) while a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder 48V mild-hybrid turbo diesel offers 190hp (420d).
The range-topper will be the M440i xDrive, which produces 374hp and 500Nm of a 3.0-liter, 6-cylinder, 48V mild-hybrid turbo petrol engine. It’s claimed to be able to do the 0-100kph sprint in 4.5sec and move on to a 250kph top speed. Six-cylinder Mild-hybrid diesel generating 286hp (430d) and 340hp (M440d) are scheduled to be available in March next year.
By way of mixed steel-and-alloy construction and expanded use of aluminum frames, BMW has managed to minimize weight for the CLAR frame, plus the chassis from the 3 Series on which it is based.
The larger rear track of the BMW 4 Series gives it a center of gravity 21 mm lower than the 3 Series and BMW reports a 50:50 weight distribution. An almost fully enclosed underbody, new flaps of air, and other steps lowered the drag to as little as 0.25Cd.
BMW has also introduced a range of body and chassis mounting stability improvements, along with double-jointed spring-strut front chassis and a rear axle with five connections. Lift-related dampers are used to limit body acceleration and boost cornering capabilities. The German company claims it’s based on the 4 Series handling characteristics, with improved damping and firmer springs and anti-roll bars. The 4 Series runs 10 mm lower than the 3 Series, on normal suspension.
The optional Adaptive M set-up features electronically controlled dampers, while the M Sport differential (standard on the M440i and M440d) and the variable-ratio steering are also available.
The BMW 4 Series will be the first car to offer BMW’s M Sport Pro package which includes the Sport gearbox, a “sporting engine soundtrack” in sport mode, M Sport brakes, and new interior features, among other extras.
The second-generation 4 Series is set to go on sale in October in foreign markets. The flagship performance range-topping M4 will launch late next year. The 4 Series convertible and four-door Gran Coupé models are under production, with a hybrid 532hp i4 sedan also expected in 2021.
Though BMW India hasn’t disclosed that the latest 4 Series is going here, the brand has been on sale for some time with the previous generation M4. BMW will be launching this year’s latest 2 Series Gran Coupe, which is planned to introduce its X2 which X6 SUVs to our market along with a few M performance cars as well.
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