New 2020 BMW 4 Series Coupe teased ahead of next week's reveal
Teaser image of the new BMW 4 Series Coupe confirms design divergence from the 3 Series saloon
As expected, the nose of the new BMW 4 Series will be dominated by a pair of large, vertically oriented kidney grilles, quite unlike the current 3 Series saloon it shares its platform with. As such, BMW will employ a new strategy with its new coupe. Until now, it’s been intrinsically linked to the 3 Series, but the brand will clearly market the newcomer as much more than a sibling to the saloon, with an entirely separate design. No other information has been published.
The car is being pushed through the final stages of its development cycle, with the latest spy shots showing a lightly camouflaged test mule undergoing handling assessment at the Nurburgring. It will go on sale later this year, with four and six-cylinder power anticipated. A convertible will follow, as will a hot M4 version.
We’ve already driven a prototype version of the 4 Series Coupe – in both middling 430i and hot M440i trims – and the early signs show a huge amount of promise. Here’s everything we know about the car so far.
New BMW 4 Series: styling
BMW recently released some official images of the new 4 Series Coupe – and while the car in those pictures wears heavy camouflage, our spy photographers have spotted a range of scantily clad test mules elsewhere – giving us a good indication of the car’s styling. The big talking point is the car’s new front end, which will feature a pair of huge full-height kidney grilles.
BMW says that the polarising look is a fresh interpretation of the vertical grille seen on the brand’s famed 328 sports car and the E9 coupe of the late sixties and early seventies. The controversial appearance is also intended to further distance the 4 Series Coupe from the 3 Series saloon on which it’s based.
Elsewhere, the 4 Series Coupe’s styling is likely to be almost identical to the BMW Concept 4 from the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. Expect it to arrive with a pair of slim LED headlamps, flared haunches, and a squared-off tail.
New BMW 4 Series: chassis and performance
Like its predecessors, the 4 Series is based on the 3 Series saloon, albeit with several mechanical and structural tweaks which should make it a sharper car to drive. The roofline of the coupe body is 57mm lower than the four door, which not only improves aerodynamic efficiency slightly, but also lowers the car’s centre of gravity by 21mm.
Further attention has been given to the suspension setup. The coupe’s rear track has grown 23mm from the saloon, while revised dampers and a strengthened front bulkhead promise more precise steering response.
The 4 Series line-up will show an increased focus on performance. Our exclusive images offer a glimpse at how BMW’s hot M440i xDrive variant could look. It’s marked out by a more aggressive body-kit and will be powered by a 369bhp turbocharged 3.0-litre straight-six engine, which will send its power to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
BMW has also confirmed that the M440i xDrive model will feature a 48-volt mild hybrid setup. The electric motor adds an extra 11bhp, and is claimed to improve throttle response and deliver smoother getaways from standstill. The motor is powered by a small additional battery that is charged up from energy that would otherwise be wasted during deceleration.
Four-cylinder petrol versions and diesel versions of the new 4 Series will also join the fold in time.
BMW will also engineer a flagship M4. This isn’t due until 2021, but it too will be powered by a 3.0-litre straight-six engine – one developed specifically by BMW’s M Division. Shared with the current X3 M, this twin-turbocharged unit makes up to 503bhp and 600Nm. Plus, for the first time in an M4, a selectable four-wheel-drive system will be used.
New BMW 4 Series: price and release date
BMW is yet to officially announce prices for the next-generation 4 Series Coupe, but buyers should expect to pay a small premium over the equivalent 3 Series saloon. We expect prices for the range-topping M440i model will start from around £47,000, while the lesser-specced 430i variant should be priced from around £42,000.
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