2020 BMW 4 Series: Price, specs and release date
This is the new BMW Concept 4. It’s called a concept car, but really it’s our first good look at what will become the new 4 Series. Here’s everything you need to know about BMW’s new coupe
BMW Concept car previewing next 4 Series
8 Series-inspired grille
Price and release date
Production version around £35,000 from next year
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BMW Concept 4 styling
Strip away the bling and this flashy Concept 4 shows us the bones of the new BMW 4 Series. If this concept is anything to go by, then the new Four Series is going to be quite a looker, but OMG – BMW’s grilles are getting bigger. It will be toned down slightly for the real 4 series but don’t expect it to ever be discreet.
Look carefully and you’ll see the grille’s made up of loads of tiny number fours, all joined together. Don’t look too closely, though, or it’ll make your eyes go funny.
The Concept 4 has a slim side window, a low roofline and chunky haunches. This emphasises the long, sporty look of the car. Look familiar? That’s because it’s modelled on its big brother, the 8 Series. Meanwhile, the door mirrors seem to flow out of the polished aluminium window surrounds. Will this make it to the production car? Probably not.
BMW wants to make this car look as low and wide as possible. That’s why it’s given the Concept 4 that LED strip connecting the rear lights – to emphasise that big backside. And whoever designed this car likes a big wheel. The concept four gets 21-inch alloys with (sort of) five-spoke designs that are deeply dished to make them look even more muscular. The fronts of the wheels have a high-polish finish, while the set-back surfaces are finely ground, giving a darker effect.
2020 BMW 4 Series price and release date
The new BMW 4 Series is expected to be revealed late in 2019, and go on sale in early 2020. It will be available both as a fixed-roof coupe and a fabric-roofed convertible (unlike the old car, which was offered with a folding hard top rather than a soft hood). It’s expected to cost from around £35,000, though top-end models will cost at least £10,000 more than that.
2020 BMW 4 Series interior
Inside, the BMW 4 Series will be almost identical to the new 3 Series. As a result, it’ll get a step up in quality, a large infotainment screen and a host of new gesture-control tech.
The new BMW 4 Series coupe and convertible pair will both will be larger than the current models and you can expect that to translate into more rear-seat leg and headroom, which should make it feel reasonably spacious, even for adults.
2020 BMW 4 Series specs
The BMW 4 Series will get twin-rated dampers that will better absorb bumps, while also feeling firm enough for sporty driving. Use of bonded aluminium in the car’s structure will also allow BMW to reduce the car’s weight by up to 100kg to help improve fuel economy and make it feel more agile in bends.
The range will kick off with a three-cylinder 1.5-litre petrol engine that’ll produce around 150hp and be badged the 418i. It’ll be good for a 0-60mph time of around 9 seconds and fuel economy of around 45mpg. From there, you’ll be able to choose from two 2.0-litre models in the 420i and 430i, while the range will be topped off by the 440i which will get a 3.0-litre, six-cylinder motor producing around 350hp, although fuel economy is likely to be closer to 30mpg.
You’ll be able to have your BMW 4 Series with a six-speed manual gearbox or an eight-speed automatic, and you’ll also be able to upgrade the car from rear-wheel drive to xDrive four-wheel drive.
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