The next BMW 4 Series is set to go on sale in 2020. Here’s everything you need to know about the new coupe and convertible.
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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 styling
These latest pictures show the new BMW 4 Series coupe on a transporter as it undergoes development testing near BMW’s Munich headquarters.
The pictures show a car that’s more of a mini-GT than the outgoing 4 Series, with distinct overtones of the much more expensive (and larger) BMW 8 Series GT. The biggest visual cue from the 8 Series is the 4 Series’ long bonnet. The large kidney-shaped grille is as enormous as we’ve come to expect of new BMWs. Attractive LED headlights will come as standard too.
There are no pictures as yet of the new 4 Series without a camouflage wrap, but the new look of the car compared with the old model is still obvious in profile: The more rakish roofline and the longer curves over the rear wheels really make the new car stand out. Those wheel arches flow into a curvy and prominent bootlid that forms a brow ridge above slim LED taillights.
With the convertible version, these heavily camouflaged pictures clearly show a fabric roof rather than the metal one fitted to the current 4 Series convertible.
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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