2021 BMW 4 Series: Price, specs and release date

James Allen
March 20, 2020

The all-new BMW 4 Series will land in showrooms this year, complete with one of the most striking grilles on any car on sale right now. Here’s everything you need to know about BMW’s controversial new coupe.

  • New BMW 4 Series coupe spotted
  • Camouflage can’t hide huge grille
  • Range of petrol and diesel engines
  • Convertible and four-door to follow
  • Automatic and manual gearboxes
  • Basis for rapid M4 variant
  • All-electric i4 also planned
  • Expected to go on sale in late 2020

BMW Concept 4 design

The prototypes may be covered up in camouflage, but the extra cladding and swirly paint job can’t disguise the most striking feature on the new BMW 4 Series: the massive front grille that will surely make the new 4 Series an intimidating sight in your rear-view mirror.

There’s no hiding the massive grille on this BMW 4 Series prototype.

Whatever your view on the BMW 4 Series’ face, the rest of the car’s design won’t be anywhere near as controversial. Despite the camouflage, the 4 Series’ slim side windows, swoopy roofline and taut rear haunches are clear to see in the spy shots; as are the car’s distinctive LED headlights and the broad tail lights that have more than a passing resemblance to the items you’ll find on the BMW 3 Series saloon.

The new BMW 4 Series has a similar rakish silhouette to the outgoing model.

2020 BMW 4 Series price and release date

The new BMW 4 Series is expected to be revealed late in mid-2020 and go on sale before 2021. It will be available 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). A four-door Gran Coupe version is expected to join the range in 2021.

Two additional models based on the new 4 Series are also anticipated to arrive next year: a high-performance BMW M4, and an all-electric i4 four-door coupe to take on the Tesla Model 3. The new BMW 4 Series will likely cost from around £35,000, though top-end models will add at least £10,000 to that figure.

The new car’s interior should be laid out like the 3 Series’ – shown here…

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 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.

The production-ready BMW 4 Series will look similar to this, the Concept 4 Series.

2020 BMW 4 Series specs

Full specs for the BMW 4 Series won’t be known until closer to launch, though (as the car will likely be similar under the skin to the current BMW 3 Series) we have a good idea of what to expect tech-wise. Climate control, parking sensors and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity will likely be standard across the range, with extra kit such as heated front seats and gesture controls for the infotainment system available on higher-spec versions – or as optional extras

The new BMW 4 Series will be available with a range of petrol, diesel and hybrid engine options.

The new BMW 4 Series will come with loads of engine choices, too, ranging from frugal diesels that can return more than 50mpg to punchy 3-litre six-cylinder petrol engines – just the thing to tide you over until the 500hp+ M4 arrives next year. We also expect the petrol plug-in hybrid options – recently introduced to the 3 Series – to find their way under the new 4 Series’ long bonnet.

A rapid 3.0-litre six-cylinder M440i will likely be the fastest 4 Series variant until the new M4 arrives.

Gearbox options on the new BMW 4 Series will consist of a six-speed manual and an eight-speed automatic, and you’ll also be able to replace the standard rear-wheel drive setup with BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system.

The BMW 4 Series prototype sports similar square exhausts to the Concept 4 Series, shown here.

If you can’t wait for the new car to go on sale, check out the latest offers on the outgoing car by visiting our BMW 4 Series deals page or read our in-depth BMW 4 Series review