Following the release of the two-door variants comes the 4 Series Gran Coupe which melds a sophisticated aesthetic with the practicality of four doors.
This is only the second-ever 4 Series Gran Coupe, the first based on the F32 generation 4 Series sold impressively due to its unique blend of attributes.
Naturally, BMW is not the only German brand to offer this body style. The Audi A5 Sportback is a similar four-door ‘coupe’ that outsells its two-door stablemate in Australia.
It’s unlikely that the 4 Series Gran Coupe will eclipse the popular 3 Series sedan and wagon, but the added choice is something that buyers appreciate.
Compared to the 4 Series coupe, the four-door is longer by 21mm (4,783mm) and measures the same 1,852mm wide. Despite its extra length and doors, the Gran Coupe’s wheelbase is only 2,856mm, or 5mm longer than the two-door.
Unlike the coupe, though, the Gran Coupe has a rear bench seat with three seatbelts. The seats ought to be more easily accessible, too.
The cargo space is also more generous, with 470L on offer (30L more than the coupe). The back seats fold in a 40:20:40 ratio to accommodate through-loading as well.
In the cabin, the 4 Series Gran Coupe utilised familiar BMW touchpoints, materials and design features. The central touchscreen is 10.25-inches in size and features wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Lower spec 4 Series make do with an eight-inch touchscreen and analogue dials. However, Australian cars are highly equipped and all feature a 12.3-inch digital cluster with navigation features as in the 3 Series sedan.
Outside, the 4 Series Gran Coupe adopts the new corporate kidney grille design as seen on the new i4, though with openings for cooling.
The stretched proportions and four-door handles give the Gran Coupe away easily, though its more sultry lines lend it a different personality to the conventional 3 Series, more like a shrunken 8 Series Gran Coupe.
BMW says the 4 Series Gran Coupe benefits from a unique suspension tune to suit its character. All Australian-delivered 4 Series Gran Coupe variants will be specified with adaptive dampers and 19-inch alloys as standard.
The Australian engine range will mirror the 4 Series coupe, with the 420i starting the lineup with a two-litre turbo four-cylinder motor producing 135kW of power and 300Nm of torque.
A mid-range 430i employs the same basic engine but with outputs turned up to 190kW of power and 400Nm of torque.
However, it’s the range-topping M440i xDrive that boasts the most intriguing engine: a three-litre straight-six with 285kW of power and 500Nm of torque sent to all four wheels. Every 4 Series Gran Coupe will use a ZF eight-speed torque converter automatic.
Exact pricing and specification for Australia will be locked in closer to the 4 Series Gran Coupe launching in Australia at the end of this year.
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