Here’s the latest member of the BMW family – the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe. And yes, it’s basically a four door version of a two door version of a four door car. The relationship between the 3 Sedan and the 4 Gran Coupe is similiar to the Audi A4 and the Audi A5 Sportback.
You’ve got the 4 Series Coupe’s front and and rear end, but the roofline has been extended 12mm taller and 112mm longer to provide better headroom for rear passengers. Although the roofline is not as classic coupe as the 4 Coupe, it still slopes more than the 3 Sedan in a way that’s actually quite similiar to the 3 GT. The 4 Gran Coupe gets a hatch (another similiarity to the 3 GT) instead of a bootlid like the 4 Coupe.
Other dimensions of the 4 Gran Coupe is the same as the 4 Coupe – 4,638mm long, 1,825mm wide and a 2,810mm wheelbase. The boot is 35 litres larger at 480 litres. The four doors are frameless, which is another upgrade over the 3 Sedan. BMW officially calls the car a “4+1 seater”, because the centre seat of the 40:20:40 splitting rear bench is raised to allow a more sculpted shape for the other two seats.
Unlike the 6 GranCoupe which has the 6 Series bespoke interior, the 4 GC shares the same 3 Series derived interior as the rest of the 4 Series range. The 4 GC starts off as a base model, with the option for Luxury, Modern and Sport lines as well as an M Sport package, which adds nice blue touches to the interior as well as a bespoke steering wheel. Most importantly, the M Sport package adds an M Sport suspension which is adjustable, but this suspension option can also be ordered separately.
The top of the line engine as of now is the 3.0 litre turbo six in the 435i, delivering 306 horsepower and 400 Nm of torque, taking it from 0 to 100km/h in 5.5 seconds. The 428i Gran Coupe and the 420i Gran Coupe are both powered by a 2.0 litre turbo four cylinder, outputting 245 hp/350 Nm and 184 hp/270 Nm respectively.
A diesel-powered 420d does 184hp and 380 Nm thanks to its 2.0 litre turbodiesel engine, and the 418d does 143 hp and 320 Nm. Both the 428i and 420d can be had with xDrive all wheel drive as an option from launch. In summer 2014, more engine variants will be added – the 435d xDrive with 313 hp and 630 Nm, a 430d with 258 hp and 560Nm. The xDrive option will also be available for the 435i and the 420i then.