The BMW that you can hardly recognize
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Please look two, no three, oh four times: This is the profile of the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe. It hardly differs from that of the…
Perhaps like this: The rear side window of the standard sedan is larger and the trunk lid is longer. Anyone who recognizes this when the cars drive by is really good. ">
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…normal 3 series. Perhaps like this: The rear side window of the standard sedan is larger and the trunk lid is longer. Who also recognizes this when the cars drive by,… it’s really good.
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It is a little easier to distinguish the BMW 3 Series GT from its relatives: the GT tailgate is the only one that remains inclined to the end and not in a horizontal section…conclusion passes.
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The 4 Series Gran Coupe, like the 6 Series Gran Coupe, is a class higher, the sporty and elegant alternative to the sedan of the 3 or 5 series. It leaves at the sloping rear… recognize (with a little effort) that…
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…The front section is almost identical for the 3 and 4 series.
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Inside, too, there are hardly any deviations from the BMW standard, but you should see the luxury equipment more often in the 4 Series Gran Coupe than in the 3 Series.
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It’s nice that the practical values are also retained: the rear seat back is as usual with BMW…
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…foldable in several combinations, with the two outer sections…
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…are wider than the middle one. In the data sheet, the width ratio is described as 40:20:40.
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Last treat: the tailgate of the 4 Series Gran Coupe is electrically operated. This is where the 4 Series Gran Coupe differs from the larger 6 Series Gran Coupe: It has one …classic trunk lid, so the rear window stays open when you want to go to the luggage compartment.
Now it’s getting tight: Between the 3 Series Sedan, 3 Series GT and 4 Series Coupe, BMW somehow still parks the 4 Series Gran Coupe. Only experts will identify this car right away – but it is surprising in terms of price.
OObviously, no niche is so small that BMW would not occupy it at full throttle. The production is flexible, the construction kits are variable and the vehicle architectures can be changed in many ways – so the Bavarians send one derivative after the other into the race. The new 4 Series Convertible is not even on the market, so they are already showing the next variant: From June, the elegant brother of the 3 Series will also be available as a Gran Coupe.
A slightly modified roof line, two frameless doors to the rear and a bit more trunk (it grows by 35 to 480 liters and is closed with an electrically operated flap as standard) make the 4.64 meter long 4-series a coupe sedan for aesthetes.
The wide B-pillar that shimmers through under the windows is not really an ornament. But the design here bends to the crash requirements, because if necessary the body also has to parry a rollover.
Engines from 143 to 306 hp
The two heavily modeled side seats and especially the poor middle seat in the rear are not really comfortable. But the Gran Coupe looks a bit sportier than the 3 Series and is more suitable for everyday use than the 4 Series Coupe.
There are no differences to this model under the sheet metal. This applies to the selection of assistance and infotainment systems as well as to the engines: it starts with the 184 hp four-cylinder in the 420i, followed by the 428i with a displacement of two liters and 245 hp and, for the time being, the only six-cylinder the 435i with 306 hp.
The diesel models include a 418d with 143 and a 420d with 184 hp in the list. The most economical four-door model has a standard consumption of 4.5 liters of diesel and the top speeds are between 213 and 250 km / h.
The base price is 35,750 euros
There are manual switches and eight-speed automatic machines, and BMW also offers all-wheel drive for the most powerful four-cylinder units. And it would not be a surprise if M GmbH took on the Gran Coupe within a year.
On the other hand, it is surprising to look at the price list. The four-door model with a basic rate of 35,750 euros for the 420i costs around 2000 euros more than the correspondingly motorized sedan from the 3-series, which confirms the special position of a coupe.
But while the change in body variants for the 6 Series from the Coupe to the Gran Coupe is still estimated at almost 5,000 euros extra, this upgrade in the 4 Series is free of charge, because the Coupe and Gran Coupe are priced the same here. Two doors for nothing – that’s a nice message, too.
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