Successor to the BMW 3-Series E93 Coupe, the BMW 4-Series was revealed first as a concept car at the North American International Auto Show in 2013. Capitalizing on its favourable reviews by critics and fans, the production models were launched the same year at the Frankfurt Motor Show and were available for customers since 2014. Based on a totally new platform, the 4-Series presented a much larger vehicle than its predecessor and was released in three different body styles namely, the Coupe, Convertible and Gran Coupe. The Gran Coupe was launched by the manufacturers in 2014, at the Geneva International Motor Show.
With a new body style for the E93’s successor comes brand new engines for the 4-Series Gran Coupe. Under the variants offered from BMW 418i Gran Coupe to BMW 435d X drive, two choice of engines are currently available namely, the 1.5-litre and 3.0-litre TwinPower turbo engines. Both the engine variants come with BMW xDrive models and choices in manual and automatic transmission. The 1.5-litre mill provides up to 136 bhp with a torque of 220 Nm, whereas the 3.0-litre engine in the highest trim has been tuned to produce up to 306 bhp with a torque of 400 Nm. The diesel variants also include a 1.5-litre, along with a 3.0-litre mill which is also available with the option xDrive all-wheel-drive.
Unlike the 6-Series Gran Coupe, which was basically an enlarged version of the mid-size hatchback, the 4-Series Gran Coupe features a sedan like body with all 4 pillars included in its design aesthetic. Despite of this, it still has a liftback 4th door. The body features a brand new platform, which sets it apart from the older E93 model with bigger dimensions. The body styling has been certainly revamped with sleek lines on the sides that flow seamlessly with the borderless doors. The headlamps have also been provided a slim appearance and merge with the chrome-accented front grille. The regular coupe model is presented with only 2-doors but with the Gran coupe, the 4 door entry makes it much easier to access the rear seats with an obviously enlarged boot space. The tailgate is also controlled electronically for ease.
While the exteriors present an exciting new vehicle, the interiors might feel a little ‘simplistic’ for a BMW automobile. The seats get a really elegant looking dual tone with a silver/black dashboard and some really expensive looking controls and instruments. Just like other luxury BMW vehicles, it is equipped with the iDrive infotainment system, which can also control several of the vehicle’s safety features and other functions. Although, there is no problem with simplistic interiors but to compete with the likes of the Audi A5 Sportback, BMW should’ve presented something that doesn’t feel like 3-series from the inside. The centre console and the instrument cluster are all slightly tilted towards the driver’s cabin with an optional ‘Head’s up display’ that projects all the relevant information on the windscreen for unrestricted driving. The inside door handles have also been uniquely shaped in an interesting design and improves functionality. The ivory white leather upholstery also provides a refreshing appeal to the interiors.
Safety is never a problem when talking about BMW vehicles. Although the 4-series Gran Coupe has not been tested by the Euro NCAP, its predecessor was given a 5-star rating. This proves the fact that even the new model has been provided with the same level of occupant safety as the 3-series. It is equipped with Anti-lock braking system, Driver assist, Electronic Brake Force distribution, 360 camera view, parking assist with warning alarm, SRS airbags, and several other safety features that make it highly reliable.
Despite of the new body design, the 4-series appears like the same old vehicle from the inside. But do not be a victim to appearances as with the all-new line of powerful engines and a stylish new design, the BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe is sure to make its competitors sweat.