BMW’s new 4 Series Gran Coupé combines driving pleasure and sporting elegance, poised to capitalize on its predecessor’s success through its outstanding performance and sophisticated design.
Although the information provided is preliminary, details on the models to be sold in South Africa will be communicated closer to the launch of the local market in the fourth quarter of 2021.
However, with the original BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé having achieved significant success, German automaker BMW has introduced a second-generation model to its latest 4 Series line.
Besides offering noticeably improved driving dynamics, the new BMW four-door coupé features a sharper exterior design that follows the brand’s new design language, a refined interior with impressive quality and a host of technological innovations.
In addition to providing driving pleasure and sporting elegance, this BMW concept also provides the utmost in modern convenience and functionality.
Its comfortable access to the rear compartment, spacious tailgate, and variable-use luggage compartment ensure that the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé retains its model-specific strengths in everyday driving and on long trips.
BMW M GmbH will offer a performance version of the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé when it arrives on the market (November).
Each will be built at the BMW Group’s plant in Munich under the same flexible manufacturing process used for the BMW i4 and BMW 3 Series Sedan.
Unique proportions and a highly versatile interior
The new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé’s exterior design clearly expresses its uniqueness. With 4,783 millimetres of exterior length, 1,852 millimetres in width, and 1,442 millimetres in height, it displays dynamically stretched coupé lines.
It is 143 millimetres longer, 27 millimetres wider and 53 millimetres taller than its predecessor, while the track widths have also grown – to 1,595 millimetres at the front (+50 mm) and 1,623 millimetres at the rear (+29 mm).
With a wheelbase of 2,856 millimetres, the 3 Series sedan is 46 millimetres longer than its predecessor and 5 millimetres longer than the 3 Series sedan.
Due to the model-specific body concept, the rear compartment offers generous amounts of space.
The new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé offers 470 litres of boot space, which is an increase of 39 litres in the directly visible portion of the boot.
It is possible to increase the cargo capacity to a maximum of 1,290 litres by lowering the rear backrest, which has a standard 40: 20: 40 split
Expressive front end, elegant silhouette, powerful rear
Three-dimensional surfaces and strong lines are some of the features that define the expressive front end of the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé.
In the centre of the car is the tall and horizontally prominent kidney grille, which embodies the car’s assured presence.
To power the daytime driving lights, the slim full-LED headlights have U-shaped fibre-optic light guides.
A variety of features are available to customize your LED headlights, including Adaptive LED Headlights with BMW Laserlight and our Selective Beam non-dazzling high beam assistant.
An elegant silhouette, frameless windows, flush-fitting handles, and powerful shoulders define the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé, while the roofline culminates in a pronounced spoiler lip on the tailgate.
The horizontal lines are the dominant influence at the rear. An apron with vertical aero lips and a black finish on the lower edge of the rear apron adds to the low, muscular stature of the car.
Full-LED taillights, darkened in style, extend well onto the sides of the car.
Unique design elements add dynamic flourishes to M Sport cars and BMW M models.
Genuine BMW accessories are available, including the M Carbon exterior package and model-specific M Performance parts.
An interior that combines driving pleasure with spaciousness and luxury
The BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé’s high centre console and flowing surface structure from the instrument panel to the door panels create a cocooning feeling in its front seats.
In the centre console you’ll find the Start/Stop button, the BMW Controller, and the buttons for Driving Experience Control.
You’ll also find the gearshift lever and the model-specific gearshift lever. The rear seat bench includes folding head restraints to accommodate three child seats.
It’s standard for a car to have sports seats and a leather steering wheel. BMW M440i xDrive Gran Coupés and M Sport cars feature dynamic interior styling.
Optional equipment provides a wide range of customization options.
Seat heating and ventilation, Sensatec or leather covering for the instrument panel, a large glass sliding/tilting sunroof, ambient lighting, plus the Harman Kardon Surround Sound System, give the M Sport Pro even more comfort and enjoyment while driving.
Modern four-and six-cylinder engines are a clear boost for dynamism and efficiency.
BMW’s new 4 Series Gran Coupé enhances its already impressive sporting credentials with a performance version at the top of the line.
Powered by a 6 cylinder engine developing 285 horsepower, the BMW M440i xDrive Gran Coupé has a six-speed manual transmission.
The BMW 420i Gran Coupé’s four-cylinder petrol engine produces 135 kW of power. A four-cylinder diesel engine of 140 kW is under the bonnet of the BMW 420d Gran Coupé.
Each engine is equipped with a standard eight-speed transmission, the Steptronic.
Moreover, the optional eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission (standard on the BMW M440i xDrive Gran Coupé) features more responsive shift dynamics and shift paddles on the steering wheel, along with a Sprint function.
As you overtake or suddenly put in a burst of speed, the powertrain and shift characteristics are responsive to optimize dynamic performance.
Body rigidity is high, aerodynamic attributes are optimized
Furthermore, the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé has an incredibly low centre of gravity as well as an almost 50:50 weight distribution. By optimizing both the body and chassis technology’s material mix that is being used, the vehicle will also be lightened in weight.
Its outstanding handling agility and precision can also be attributed to the bespoke body struts in the front and rear axle areas.
In order to achieve optimum aerodynamics, a system of active air flaps is used, which features flaps at both ends plus air curtains and an almost completely sealed underbody.
The drag coefficient (Cd) measured for the BMW 420d Gran Coupé is 0.26, a reduction of 0.02 over its predecessor.
The chassis is more sophisticated and tuned to the model
The new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé’s innovative chassis technology integrates model-specific geometry, mounting, and tuning to provide exceptional dynamic performance.
As well, the front axle is designed with two joints, while the rear axle has a five-link design that increases rigidity and reduces weight.
The use of dampers on lift-related suspensions increases performance as well as ride comfort.
These wheels provide additional damping for body movement over large bumps and prevent excessive diving, depending on the spring travel. Even when roads are imperfect, the low damping forces provide high levels of comfort.
BMW M440i xDrive Gran Coupé and cars with the M Sport suspension feature particularly firm lift-related dampers.
A range of driving experiences are available with the adaptive M suspension, offering a combination of sporty and comfortable driving. Each of the optional suspension variants comes with variable sport steering.
BMW’s M Sport brakes (standard on the M440i xDrive Gran Coupé) are also available as an option.
The new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé comes standard with 18-inch light alloy wheels.
In addition to 19-inch M light-alloy wheels and an electronic locking differential for the rear differential, standard equipment on the new BMW M440i xDrive Gran Coupé includes 19-inch M light-alloy wheels.
Various driver assistance systems
BMW delivers the new 4 Series Gran Coupé with more than 40 assistance functions that are either standard or available as options.
Connectivity and new digital services
By standard, BMW Operating System 7 offers extended capabilities to the driver and passengers of the new 4 Series Gran Coupé.
Depending on what the situation requires, customers can choose between the control display touchscreen, BMW Controller, radio buttons, voice control, and optional gesture control. BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant and Remote Software Upgrades are also available
As standard, BMW Live Cockpit Professional offers a fully digital instrument cluster and control display behind the steering wheel with a diagonal screen size of 12.3 inches.
The cloud-based BMW Maps navigation system offers extremely fast, accurate route calculation and arrival times, real-time traffic data updates at frequent intervals, and the ability to search for any word.
As part of the smartphone integration package, customers can access Apple CarPlay and Android Auto through the car’s operating system. Moreover, Remote Software Upgrades allow additional digital services and improved functions to be imported into the vehicle over the air.