The first images of the new BMW 4-Series Coupe and Cabrio have been released. Codenamed F32, this car is set to be launched in the middle of 2014 as part of a drastic shake-up of the new BMW 3-series range. BMW has chosen to name the coupe and cabriolet versions of the 3-series as 4-series in its next generation so that it could be greatly differentiated from the new BMW 3-Series saloon, which was revealed last week.
This is the same strategy used on the 5-series. The coupe and cabriolet versions of this car are categorized as 6-series, offering their own unique styling and driving experience.
The engines for the 4-series will be leaning towards the new lineup offered in the 3-series saloon, such as a new turbocharged 242bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol unit for the 428i coupe. The M3 is affected by the use of the 4-series name for the standard coupe. The M4 badge will be used for the coupe and cabriolet versions of the M3.
There is noticeably a more intense focus on the driver for this model than on the four-door M3 saloon sibling. The M4 coupe is scheduled to arrive six months after the standard 4-series is launched in late 2014. The new F30 3-series line-up has nine models, the 4-series coupe is the fifth one to be launched. The saloon version will start selling in February 2012. Meanwhile, the F31 3-series Touring will go on sale in late 2012. A 2013 launch is scheduled for the high-riding F34 3-series GT crossover, a new edition to the 3-series range.
This car is a big hatchback and is based on the 5-series GT. Its cabin and boot have more room and it has a longer wheelbase, which was used on the China-only long-wheelbase 3-series too. In late 2013, the F30M M3 saloon will arrive, followed by the F33 4-series coupe in mid-2014.
The 4-series cabriolet is expected to arrive shortly after the arrival of the coupe that has kept its retractable metal hard-top roof. This feature will be retained even after BMW’s American importer has been asking for a soft-top to set it apart from the coupe. F32M and F33M M4 versions of the 4-series coupe and cabriolet are expected to be seen in late 2014.