New BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe spotted: price, specs and release date
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 spotted
- Shares Coupe’s front end
- Four-door design
- Engines lifted from 4 Series
- No M4 variant
- On sale in 2021/22
- Likely priced from £35,000
When BMW finds a formula that works, it sticks with it. The first 4 Series Gran Coupe sold by the boatload, so it would be daft not to follow up with a Gran Coupe version of the recently launched second-generation 4-Series as an alternative to the Audi A5 Sportback.
2021 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe design
You can’t talk about the styling of any new 4-Series model without mentioning the hugely controversial grille. Few people have had anything good to say about it; most think putting a number plate across the middle is a vast improvement. The prototype in these images is displaying only the top half of the grille, but don’t get your hopes up – chances are it follows the same pattern as the new 4 Series.
Despite the camouflage, it’s clear that the new car’s design follows the same principles as its predecessor: front-end shared with the 4 Series coupe, gently rising waistline and sweeping roof. The four doors seem to be a decent size and have frameless windows.
These images don’t give us a view of the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe’s rear, but expect it to look almost identical to the coupe from the rear window down.
At this stage, it’s not certain whether the new 4 Series Gran Coupe will retain a hatchback. Despite looking like a hatchback, the recent BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is actually a saloon, which badly compromises its practicality. Hopefully, the 4 Series Gran Coupe won’t follow the same path.
2021 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe interior
The BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe will share a dashboard with its coupe sibling. As such, it won’t exactly move the game on from the previous generation of 4-Series, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. As rivals bury more and more functions deep within the menus of a touchscreen, it’s a genuine relief to see BMW sticking with easy-to-use buttons and wheels.
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 against a 3-Series, but the new car does appear taller than before, so lofty rear passengers should have more space to stretch out.
2021 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe engines and driving
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.
Engine choices will 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.
There’ll be diesel options, too, all mild-hybrid assisted: the 190hp 420d, 286hp 430d and 340hp M440d. 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
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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