BMW reveals the 4-Series Gran Coupe
Posted 11 months ago in German, Miscellaneous News
A 4-door version of the 2-door version of a 4-door. Eh?
BMW have been well known of late to be exploiting every possible niche in order to find sales, much like Audi and Mercedes, and these niches are generally in the ‘new saloon/coupe’ region. BMW found a sales success with the 6-Series Gran Coupe, a sleek 4-door saloon with the looks of the 6-Series Coupe. So when the 4-Series Coupe was revealed it was only a matter of time before it spawned a Gran Coupe variant.
Aiming to take the fight directly to the Audi A5 Sportback, the 4er GC takes the stylish, low nosed, sporting looks of the 4-Series and cleverly adds another set of doors, keeping the sleek looks. Another major trick up its sleeve is that it also has a hatchback rear, massively improving practicality. Quite where this leaves the 3-Series GT – a 5dr hatchback version of the 3-Series – we don’t know, but our guess is that it won’t be replaced if sales of the 4er GC go well.
But BMW’s aren’t all about practicality – they are after all ‘The Ultimate Driving Machines’ (their words, not ours). So along with all the usual small petrol and diesel engines there are two powerplants of note for enthusiasts looking for that perfect all-rounder. On the petrol front there is the 435i, with a 3.0 litre twin turbo straight six engine producing 302 bhp and 295 lb/ft of torque. This is fed to the rear wheels through the standard six-speed manual gearbox, with the excellent ZF eight-speed automatic an option. Amazingly this isn’t the most powerful car in the range though – that accolade goes to the 435d featuring a 3.0 litre twin turbo straight six diesel engine, producing 309 bhp and 465 lb/ft of torque. It’s this torque output that dictates that BMW will only be offering the 435d with the automatic gearbox and their xDrive four wheel drive system.
The 4-Series Gran Coupe goes on sale in Se, Luxury, Sport and M-Sport variants in June. The 435i starts at £41,155 while the 435d is expected to cost a few thousand more thanks to the higher spec.
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