BMW 4 Series spied

14 Nov, 2012 4:06pm Damion Smy

The replacement for the BMW 3 Series Coupe has been spied ahead of its UK arrival next year

The new BMW 4 Series has been spied on the road ahead of its launch here next year – and the replacement for the 3 Series Coupe is clearly shaping up well to rival the Audi A5 and Mercedes C-Class Coupe.

The swooping roofline takes cues from the larger 6 Series, and although the disguise hides the front and rear styling, the 4 Series is expected to follow the lead of the bigger coupe so that it stands out from the 3 Series saloon.

There’ll be more rear legroom than in the existing 3 Coupe due to a longer wheelbase, which will also boost stability and handling.

The car in our pictures wears Sport badges, and is clearly a performance version – possibly the six-cylinder 435i – with large alloys, front wheelarch extensions and twin exhaust pipes. But even the most basic 4 Series will have more of a focus on handling than the 3 Series Coupe.

The punchy 3.0-litre straight-six in the 435i will be part of a wide range of petrol and diesel engines lifted from the current 3 Series, although less powerful engines like the 2.0-litre turbodiesel in the 316d aren’t likely to be offered.

EfficientDynamics technology will be fitted as standard across the range, while there will be a choice of a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic boxes.

The 4 Series Coupe pictured here will arrive late next year, and will quickly be followed by a 4 Series Convertible, as well as an M4 that’s expected to deliver around 450bhp.

A 4 Series Gran Coupe – a four-door coupe rival to the Audi A5 Sportback – is then expected to arrive in 2014.