The BMW 4 Series range has been revealed and has begun its market launch in Europe. Full engine specifications and details have been revealed.
The 4 Series is based on the 3 Series, and is its two-door Coupe, four-door Grand Coupe and Convertible sister. BMW has now updated the 4 Series range by giving it a minor facelift and some new toys.
The exterior of the new 4-Series sports a mildly altered front end with restyled air ducts on the bumper which are now offered as standard across all trim levels. The headlamp assembly remain identical, but now feature subtle detail graphic changes with full LED lighting for both low and high beam. The rear features small tweaks, of similar nature to the front, to the tail lamps and the bumper. The car now sits on revised set of 18 and 19inch alloy wheels.
Like the exterior, the new 4 Series cabin gets subtle changes only. The cabin can be equipped with new colour options. The steering wheel features an all new design with chrome trim elements and high gloss panels on the dash board, among many other finish options similar to the ones found on the latest updated from the 3 Series. The infotainment system has also received an updated user interface.
The 4 series will be offered as a Coupe, Grand Coupe and Convertible forms with three petrol and three diesel engine options each - 420i, 430i, 440i, 420d, 430d and 435d. xDrive all-wheels drive option will be offered with 420i, 420d and the 430d, while the 435d is offered with all-wheel drive only. The convertible is only offered with xDrive in the 435d variant. These engines are equipped with BMW Efficient-Dynamics TwinPower-turbo technology and comes with either a 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic gearbox.
A major change to the car is its track which is now 14mm wider at the front and 20mm at the rear, a slightly stiffer suspension set up and lowering the centre of gravity from 20mm up to 40mm.
The M4 mirrors the cosmetic changes in Coupe and Convertible forms and is powered by an M division 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder motor which develops 425bhp as standard and 444bhp in the Competition package.
The BMW 4 Series is Bavaria’s answer to the Audi A5 and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe line up. While Mercedes currently ells the C-Class Convertible and the A5 Convertible is on its way to India, BMW may also try and tap the small market for these cars here.