All-new BMW 4 Series Coupé shows dramatic changes from previous gen

BMW has unveiled the new-look 4 Series Coupé, and at first glance, it’s immediately apparent that the car bears very little resemblance to the model it replaces.

All these changes are intentional, as the German carmaker sought to distinguish the 4 Series further from the 3 Series family.

“This is the next chapter in a coupé tradition shaped by numerous legendary BMW models,” the German automaker stated.

Probably the biggest and most obvious change of all is the front facade, which now sports BMW’s new kidney grille that’s more vertical and larger than before. Despite the huge difference compared to its predecessor, the ‘vertical kidney’ is actually inspired by classic BMWs most notably the 328 model made between 1936 and 1940.

The bulkier and longer exterior is also another noticeable update. The said model is now 128mm longer, 27mm wider and 6mm taller than before. Track has also been widened by 288mm up front and 18mm out back.

Powertrain comes in three different configurations, with the flagship model propelled by a 374-hp, six-cylinder inline gas mill. Other options include two four-cylinder gas engines as well as a four-cylinder diesel. A couple more diesel units will join the lineup second quarter of next year.

Mild hybrid technology is able for the six-cylinder gas and all diesels. Likewise, all diesel engines now have two-stage turbocharging.

An eight-speed Steptronic is now the standard transmission, and installed in all model variants. A new Sprint function is available in the M Sport variant and as an added option in the rest, good for instantaneous and dynamic acceleration maneuvers. BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive available for two model variants from launch and four variants from March 2021.

BMW enumerates the rest of the 4 Series Coupé’s other significant additions:

  • Lift-related dampers with bespoke tuning fitted as standard. Optional M Sport suspension with even firmer set-up for dampers, mounts and anti-roll bars, plus additional body struts and variable sport steering.
  • Standard LED headlights with extremely slim contours. Adaptive LED Headlights with BMW Laserlight available as an option. Stylishly darkened LED rear lights with eye-catching L-shaped light bars.
  • New interior design centered on sporty driving experience. Driver-focused cockpit design, new display grouping with up to 10.25-inch Control Display and optional, fully digital 12.3-inch instrument cluster. Control panel with high-quality design on the center console, new sports leather steering wheel and newly developed sports seats as standard, knee pads on the center console optional. Two seats in the rear with defined individual-seat character.
  • Significantly enhanced acoustic and thermal comfort compared to predecessor model. Windscreen with acoustic glass and new three-zone automatic climate control fitted as standard.
  • Park Distance Control with front and rear sensors as standard. Optional Parking Assistant for automated entry into and exit from parking spaces now includes reversing assistant. Parking Assistant Plus also comes with Park View, Panorama View, 3D Top View and Remote 3D View. BMW Drive Recorder creates video up to 40 seconds in length of the car’s surroundings.

The all-new BMW 4 Series is already on sale in top western markets. Prices start from GBP 39,870 (approximately P2.5 million before fees and taxes) for the 420i M Sport and rise to GBP 53,875 (P3.37 million) for the top-ranging M440i.

Unfortunately, BMW Philippines has yet to bring the latest 4 Series Coupé from its local lineup. What we do have the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe, which retails for P4.59 million.

Photos from BMW

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