GOT GRILLE? New BMW 4-Series
We’ll come to the elephant in the room shortly but here is the all-new BMW 4-Series. For the uninitiated, the 4-Series is the coupe version of the 4-door 3-Series. It’s the version you buy if style is more important than practicality. The 4-Series was new for the last generation (formally known as the 3-Series coupe) so this is second take on the mid-size coupe. BMW are clearly trying to separate this from the 3-Series this time with a bold new look. And boy is it bold!
So yes, let’s talk about that grille. It has been leaked multiple times and rumoured for even longer so it’s not that much of a shock that the famous kidney grille is much much larger. In reality, it’s not as bad as many of thought it would be. I won’t call it pretty but it’s far from ugly. The bold front treatment might be what gets people into dealers to buy it. Owners of this BMW will definitely stand out from the crowd!
The rest of the design is more conventional. It has a familiar BMW coupe silhouette with a bit more sculpture going on. To my eyes it’s a little fussy in places and from some angles it looks a little lardy for a BMW. I’m also not great fan of the c-pillar treatment. It almost doesn’t match the rest of the car.
The rear end treatment is where I think BMW did their best work. It’s aggressive and undoubtably a BMW. The rear lights are very similar to the 3-Series that is shares its underpinnings but they appear slimmer and sportier. Overall BMW have done a good job of making it look different from its saloon brethren. I think it’ll polarise people but those who really love it will no doubt be lining up at dealerships around the country.
Inside the 4-Series is much the same as its 4-door family member. That is no bad thing. BMW have been making some of the best interiors for a while now. The new car is no different.
The 4-Series range starts with the 184hp 420i and tops out with the 374hp M440i xDrive. There are also some swift diesels available. The fastest of which is the M440d xDrive with 340hp and a whopping 700nm of torque. It’ll be rapid!
The new BMW 4-Series will launch in October and will be the first model to be made available with the new M Sport Pro package. According to the press release: “This option includes all the elements of the M Sport model and adds the Sprint function for additional bursts of speed and a sporty engine soundtrack in the cabin when SPORT mode is activated. In addition, the M Sport brakes are featured on the BMW 420i Coupé, BMW 420d Coupé and BMW 420d xDrive Coupé, as well as 19-inch M light-alloy wheels, a rear spoiler in High-gloss Black, BMW Individual High-gloss Shadowline trim with extended features and BMW Individual lights Shadowline and M seat belts.
The M Performance Parts portfolio offers retrofit items that available include 20-inch M Performance forged light-alloy wheels in Y-spoke design with a Jet Black matt finish, a carbon-fibre front grille, front splitter and side skirt attachments, as well as aero flicks for the front apron in High-gloss Black.”
What do you think of the new BMW 4-Series? Let us know in the comments.