As you may know already, Audi has the A5 Sportback compact four-door coupe, Mercedes-Benz is working hard on the CLA, previewed by the CSC Concept, but what about Bmw? Well , it appears that the Bavarian manufacturer is also working hard on the 4-Series Grand Coupe, which will take on the other German rivals.
Why 4-Series? For those who don’t know, the 3-Series Coupe and Convertible will carry the 4-Series badge when they will be unveiled later this year. So, the new car will join the new lineup, while the design will be inspired by the new 4-Series Coupe, according to AutoExpress. That’s right, the 4-Series Coupe will get two extra doors and will become the 4-Series Gran Coupe.
Just like the 6-Series Gran Coupe is based on the 6-Series Coupe. The front end of the 4-Series Gran Coupe will be the same seen on the 2012 Bmw 3-Series Sedan (F30).
Engine choices, will be the same as for the Coupe and Convertible. An M4 Gran Coupe is also expected, and it is likely to join the M3 Saloon, M4 Coupe and M4 Convertible in 2014. These models will use a six-cylinder turbo delivering around 450 hp.
Comparing the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé offering with a two door version, passengers can enter or leave the vehicle easier because it has four doors. There are no doorframes, which is a signature feature of BMW’s midsized coupés, emphasising the car’s concept sophistications. The practical refinement of the 4+1 seat configuration is accented by a black panel appearance with pronounced round instruments and an iDrive free standing flat screen display.
The wide and accessible boot opens to an extremely roomy luggage area that allows for easier loading and unloading. The rear seat has 40:20:40 split fold backrest that adds even more flexibility. The boot has a 1,300-litre maximal volume that is at the top of its class. The automatic boot lid control is standard for optimal ease and convenience, and a Smart Opener is optional for a foot press lid opening and closing.
Many customisable options come with the M Sport package and with the BMW individual programme.
BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé’s interior demonstrates sophistication and excellent ergonomics. Controls are located for optimal driver access through layering, which is the intelligent use of the area by arranging lines and surfaces into levels. This definitely conveys BMW’s signature driver emphasis. Cockpit lines sweep along the front doors, the B column, and then to the rear passenger section.
This unifies the front seats with the back seats, along with the continuously seamless shifts created by the inside door panels. The rear bench seat is shaped to look like two separate seats, and the upholstered centre covered console surface can make room for a third passenger (hence, 4+1 seats). Unexpected material mixes and unparalleled workmanship quality express the finest atmosphere in the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé.
The standard offering, plus three option packages, and the M Sport options leave no wish unanswered for drivers who want something special in look and feel. The BMW Individual programme presented at the launch includes optional unique leather interiors, 19-inch light alloy wheels, and exterior colours that help create a distinctive, personalised vehicle.