The 2nd-generation BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe has broken cover today with BMW Australia confirming its arrival in late 2021.
Based on the 4 Series coupe, which in turn is based on the 3 Series sedan, the Gran Coupe has been a decent seller for BMW.
Three engine options will be on offer consisting of two petrol and a petrol-hybrid, the latter a first for the model, featuring 48-volt technology to deliver a mix of performance and economy.
Like the 4 Series, the 4 Series Gran Coupe comes standard with an 8.8-inch control display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 5.1-inch digital instrument cluster, BMW Maps and driver assistance systems such as front collision warning, lane departure warning, park distance control, reversing camera and parking assistance.
Options include a larger 10.25-inch control display, BMW Live Cockpit Professional 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, remote over the air software upgrades, connected music, BMW digital key, head-up display amongst others.
Engine and transmission
The 4 Series Gran Coupe will come in three variants:
- The 420i with a 2.0-litre twin-turbo four-cylinder petrol putting out 135kW/300Nm. Fuel economy is rated at 7.3-6.6L/100km
- The 430i with a 2.0-litre twin-turbo four-cylinder petrol delivering 180kW/400Nm. Fuel economy is rated at 7.6-6.8L/100km
- The M440i xDrive featuring a 3.0-litre twin-turbo straight-six producing 275kW/500Nm. Fuel economy is rated at 8.5-8.0L/100km
All are connected to an eight-speed Sport Steptronic automatic transmission with launch control. The M440i xDrive also includes a Sprint function designed for bursts of mid-range acceleration.
Fitted as standard to the M440i is an M Sport exhaust system and M Sport differential that are optional on the others.
Compared to its predecessor, the new 4 Series Gran Coupe is 143mm longer, 27mm wider, 53mm taller and sits on a wheelbase that is 46mm longer.
Boot space has also gone through a growth spurt to 470 litres, an increase of 39 litres. With the 40/20/40 back seats folded, boot space increases to 1,290 litres.
It also comes with wider tracks, a near 50:50 weight distribution, a lower centre of gravity and incorporates a shear brace connecting the front shock towers to the bulkhead for improved handling.
There’s also additional underfloor bracing to increase stiffness in the rear suspension area, while the two-joint spring strut suspension and five-link rear suspension have been designed to reduce weight while increasing rigidity.