This is the 4-series Gran Coupe,
a four-door coupe based on the 4-series, which is based on the 3-series saloon.
Confused? Us too. Just as we were
starting to come around to BMW's new naming convention, where coupes are even
numbers and saloons odd numbers, the company previews the slopey-roofed Gran Coupe ahead of its debut at the Geneva motor show.
You'll be relieved to learn that
this is the third and final member of the 4-series range, and despite the extra
entrances, BMW promises it'll still earn its even number with dynamic
loveliness. In terms of scale, it's exactly the same as the two-door coupe -
4638mm long, 1825mm wide and a wheelbase of 2810 mm. Only thing is the roof -
it's 12mm taller and 112mm longer.
BMW doesn't quote the four-door's
weight, but claims that it's "marginally heavier" than the coupe version.
Nevertheless, it's taken it upon itself to adjust the GC's suspension and
damping. It also gets special strut reinforcement that connects the suspension
domes and the bulkhead, which stiffens up the front end and helps steering response.
wise, you'll be able to choose from five
powerplants initially, which include the same mix of turbocharged
diesels you'll find in a 4-series. Its opening salvo is the 121g/km,
diesel, followed by the 280lb ft 420d. The petrol selection is made up
184bhp 420i, 245bhp 2.0-litre 428i, and the range-topping 3.0-litre
turbocharged six-pot, which belts out 306bhp. The latter will cost you
down to £29,420 for the 420i.
The company says that two more power plants will
join the fray later in 2014, and we're hoping one will be an M4... But if BMW
builds it - which, let's face it, it probably will - will that make the
M3 saloon completely pointless?