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New 2020 BMW 4 Series spotted undergoing development

A near production-ready version of the latest BMW 4 Series Coupe has been spied, wearing a pair of huge kidney grilles.

The new BMW 4 Series Coupe has been caught on camera during the final phases of its development programme – sporting a pair of enormous kidney-shaped front grilles. The two-door will make its official debut this summer, before going on sale towards the end of the year.

This latest test mule offers our best look yet at the 4 Series Coupe’s production panelling. Its styling is almost identical to the BMW Concept 4 from the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, with a pair of slim LED headlamps, flared haunches, a squared-off tail and – most controversially – an enlarged radiator grille.

BMW says the polarising look is a fresh interpretation of the vertical grille seen on the brand’s famed 328 sports cars and the E9 coupe of the late sixties and early seventies. The controversial look is also designed to put greater distance between the 4 Series Coupe and the 3 Series saloon on which it’s based.

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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 396bhp turbocharged 3.0-litre straight-six engine, which will send its power to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

Above that, BMW will also engineer a flagship M4. This isn’t due until 2021, but it too will be powered by a 3.0-litre engine – one developed specifically by BMW’s M Division. This will be twin-turbocharged and generate upwards of 500bhp. Plus for the first time in an M4, a selectable four-wheel-drive system will be used.

BMW’s 2020 product plan

Elsewhere at BMW, the German marque will unveil the final production version of the pure-electric iX3 SUV. This is due to be officially revealed in the coming months, and BMW has confirmed that the model will be able to cover at least 270 miles on a single charge, thanks to the use of a large 74kWh lithium-ion battery.

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It will also be the first BMW to use a new fifth-generation eDrive system that combines the electric motor, electronics and transmission into one central housing. The firm says the set-up is more compact and lighter than the previous system.

The iX3 will develop 285bhp and 400Nm of torque, and power will be sent to the rear wheels, although an extra motor at the front could be introduced for four-wheel drive. The addition of an electric option to the X3 makes it the first BMW on offer with petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid or fully electric power.

Later in the year, updated versions of the 5 Series saloon and Touring, along with the facelifted M5, will be introduced. An all-new M3 will arrive at the end of the year – closely followed by a convertible version of the 4 Series in 2021.

Is the grille too big on the next BMW 4 Series? Let us know your thoughts below…

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