The new BMW 4-Series has been caught undisguised for the first time in a downtown US street. The intersection was cordoned off by police in the early morning for photographers to photograph the coupe for an official BMW brochure. However, one of the photographers was not from BMW, and thanks to him we get to see these up-close spy photos, including interior shots, of the much anticipated 4-Series.
As expected with any concept derived production car, the 4-Series has been toned down a little from the concept, especially the front and rear bumper design. However, the car still retains the overall basic shape and stance of the concept.
The BMW 4-Series is due to hit showrooms in Europe in late 2013 and the rest of the world in early 2014. The range will start with the 137 kW (184 hp) 420i and 420d and top off with the 228 kW (306 hp) 435i. Of course there will also be the new M4 with a 3.0-litre turbocharged straight-six engine rated at 310kW (416hp) to replace the current M3.
The 4-Series Concept was first unveiled recently at the 2013 North American Motor Show. Compared to the current 3-Series Coupé/Convertible, the 4-Series Concept is larger in every direction. Its wheelbase has been stretched by up to 50mm, while front and rear tracks are also wider by 45mm and 80mm respectively. The height of its roof has also been reduced by 16mm. The overall result is a lower and flatter stance, with a dynamic profile.