BMW 4 Series spied

23 Dec, 2012 10:00am Tom Phillips

The BMW 3 Series Coupe will become the 4 Series when it goes on sale at the end of 2013

The BMW 4 Series Coupe concept will make its debut at the Detroit Motor Show in January. But BMW is already hard at work on the production 4 Series Coupe which will arrive in UK dealers late in 2013.

The BMW 3 Series Coupe becomes the 4 Series when it hits the road, and to mark the new naming policy, the firm will attempt to differentiate the cars further than before by making the 4 Series sportier.

The 4 Series is based on the 3 Series platform, but with a wider track and lower roofline than the saloon, giving the car sleeker proportions.

The production model reflects much of what is previewed by the 4 Series Coupe Concept for Detroit, although the high-tech front grille and Air Breather vent in the front wing don’t appear to have made the cut.

Engines will back up the 4 Series’ sporting intent, with the firm likely to offer the most powerful engines from the saloon’s line-up. An M4 Coupe and Convertible, to sit alongside the soon-to-be-launched M3 saloon, will also be offered, powered by a 3.0-litre turbo six-cylinder petrol engine with around 450bhp.

Prices for the 4 Series are expected to start at around £28,000, as buyers will get more equipment than those who go for the 3 Series.