Enter the 4-Series

Posted on: December 6th, 2012

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Behold, the BMW 4-Series. It may seem to be a concept at first – a proposal for a new model to slot between the 3 and 5. However, the 4-Series is close to production, and it is actually something we’re familiar with.

The 4-Series is essentially a new moniker for what used to be the 3-Series coupe. Compared to the current 3-Series coupe, the E92, the 4-Series is 50mm longer, 45mm wider at the front and 80mm wider at the back. It also rides 16mm closer to the ground.

BMW’s intent is to create a coupe off the 3-Series platform that is still in a segment of its own which means that it gets a little grunt visually and technically. From the images BMW has released, we can see hexagonal LED headlights, optical fibre that links the lights to the kidney grille, and a wide gaping air intake which gets us wondering about what lurks beneath the hood.

BMW is keeping shush about the engine options but we can expect the 4-er to carry an engine range consisting of BMW’s 3-litre turbocharged sixer and an array of diesel engines. If we’re guessing right, you might see 435i, 430d, 425d and 420d, or something along those lines, in the brochure once the car is launched.

The interior is a better reflection of the 3-Series, only spruced up a little. Hence, you’ll find wood trimmings, tanned leather and hand-braided leather trim even on the cup holders.

So there you have it, a car which we all know well, but out of all the sudden, comes with a different name. Diehard BMW fans will surely have something to cringe about and when you consider that the next two-door M3 will be called an M4, you might not be too happy either.


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