New BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe spotted: price, specs and release date

Ryan Hirons and Padraig Mallett
March 17, 2021

The BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe is coming back for a second-generation, massive grille and all. Here’s what we know about it so far.

  • 4 Series Gran Coupe coming soon
  • Shares most of the Coupe’s design
  • Will look similar to the new i4 EV
  • Four-door body style
  • Engines lifted from 4 Series
  • No M4 variant
  • On sale in late 2021/early ’22
  • Likely priced from £35,000

The BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe is a four-door coupe-styled alternative to the BMW 3 Series saloon and 4 Series Coupe. You can think of it as BMW’s answer to the Audi A5 Sportback. This all-new model has been spotted testing in prototype form before it goes on sale in late 2021 or early 2022.

Most of the new car’s huge grille is plain to see. 

2021 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe design

The new BMW 4 series Gran Coupe has been given a drastic makeover. At the front, the first thing you’ll spot is the new (and hugely controversial) front grille. A lot of the key details aren’t visible thanks to the camouflage-wrap but you can see there’s a bulging bonnet and sizable slotted intakes beneath the headlights on either side – just like on the standard 4 Series.

The new Gran Coupe’s swoopy profile is similar to the outgoing car’s.

Looking at the car from the side profile, you can see it has a very long bonnet and, as the model name suggests, a sweeping coupe-style roofline. The biggest difference between the new Gran Coupe and the standard 4 Series is the extra set of doors.

Two real exhaust tips are present and correct – a BMW signature.

The rear has also been heavily camouflaged but you can still make out key details, such as the shark fin antenna, a subtle boot lid spoiler and a large rear diffuser that houses two sizeable exhaust pipes, one on either side.

Expect the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe to look a lot like the i4 saloon

You’ll notice a lot of these design details in the newly-revealed BMW i4 electric car, too. This new EV saloon is pretty much how you can expect the 4 Series Gran Coupe will look, perhaps more aggressive bumpers, an open kidney grille and fewer bright blue trims.

2021 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe interior

The Gran Coupe will have a near-identical interior to the regular 4 Series
Not only will the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe share exterior styling similarities with 4 Series coupe, but it’ll also look very similar inside, too. You can expect a comfortable and spacious interior that’s finished to a very high standard, along with BMW’s latest infotainment system – one that thankfully retains a few physical buttons instead of pure-touchscreen controls.

The previous 4 Series Gran Coupe was significantly more spacious than the 4 Series in the rear, and you can expect the new car to be no different. The sloping roofline will inevitably reduce headroom compared with a 3 Series, but the new car does appear taller than before, so tall rear passengers should have more space to stretch out.

2021 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe engines and driving

You’ll be offered a range of engines in the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe.

The old 4 Series Gran Coupe drove just as well the Coupe, despite its extra weight, and it’s a safe bet to assume the same will be true of the new model.

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Engine choices will likely match that of the 4-Series Coupe. The 420i and 430i will be powered by 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbo engines producing 184hp and 258hp, respectively. There’ll also be a mild-hybrid, 3.0-litre, six-cylinder, turbocharged M440i model with 374hp.

Trapezoidal exhausts mark out this prototype as a 374hp  M440i model.

There’ll be diesel and mild-hybrid options too, in the form of 190hp 420d, 286hp 430d and 340hp M440d models. All engines will come paired with an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

Four-wheel-drive is likely to be standard on the M440i, 430d and M440d, and optional on the 430i and 420d. Unlike the 4 Series Coupe, the new Gran Coupe won’t be offered in M4 trim.

2021 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe release date and price

The new Gran Coupe will arrive in late 2021 or early 2022.

Expect the new 4-Series Gran Coupe to be revealed in 2021 and go on sale late that year or in early 2022. Prices will likely fall somewhere between the Coupe and Convertible, meaning an entry-level 4 Series Gran Coupe will set you back around £35,000.

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