Colin-on-Cars – BMW 4 Series Coupé revealed

Featuring the most aggressive interpretation of the kidney grille in decades, the new BMW 4 Series Coupe – being launched in Europe in October – scoots sporty and dynamic up a notch.

At market launch in October 2020, the BMW M440i xDrive Coupé – powered by a 275 kW six-cylinder in line petrol engine will take its place at the top of the range. It will be joined initially by a pair of four-cylinder petrol engines and a four-cylinder diesel.

International testing images shot on Franschoek Pass – going the wrong way

The plan is then for two six-cylinder in-line diesel engines to be added to the line-up in March 2021, and the more powerful of these two units will be fitted in another BMW M model.

The appearance of the new BMW 4 Series Coupé brings the brand’s new design language to the fore. A small number of crisp lines and the use of clear, generously sized surfaces come together into a body design dynamically stretched compared to its predecessor.

Length has increased by 128 millimetres to 4,768 mm, width by 27 mm to 1,852 mm and the wheelbase by 41 mm to 2,851 millimetres. Vehicle height is up by just 6 mm, to 1,383 millimetres, making the car 57 millimetres lower than the new BMW 3 Series Sedan. Its tracks have increased in width over the previous-generation model’s – by 28 millimetres at the front and 18 millimetres at the rear – and are also 23 millimetres wider than those of the latest BMW 3 Series Sedan.

Full-LED headlights are fitted as standard, while Adaptive LED Headlights with BMW Laserlight are available as an option. This equipment item also comes with the cornering light and adaptive cornering functions with variable road illumination optimised for urban and motorway driving. At speeds above 60 km/h, BMW Laserlight increases high-beam range to a maximum 550 metres and follows the course of the road dynamically.

The interior has cleanly designed surfaces, high-quality materials and the driver-focused layout of the cockpit features the start/stop button for the engine now positioned in a control panel in the centre console.

The new BMW M440i xDrive Coupé is equipped with mild hybrid technology, as are the diesel models. Fitting a powerful 48V starter-generator and a second battery allows far more brake energy to be regenerated and stored. This energy is used not just for supplying the electrical system, but also for lightening the combustion engine’s workload and boosting its power.

The starter-generator produces an electric boost effect that instantly puts an additional 8 kW on tap for more dynamic overtaking or acceleration off the line. What is more, the starter-generator also increases efficiency by assisting the engine while driving at a constant speed and improves comfort when the Auto Start Stop and coasting functions are in use.

As well as the 275 kW straight-six engine under the bonnet of the flagship model, there is also a choice of two four-cylinder petrol units, generating output of 135 kW in the new BMW 420i Coupé and 190 kW in the new BMW 430i Coupé.

A 140 kW four-cylinder diesel engine powers the BMW 420d Coupé and BMW 420d xDrive Coupé and this particular unit, like the straight-six engine in the BMW 430d xDrive Coupé is equipped with a two-stage turbo-charging system.

Eight-speed Steptronic transmission is standard for all model variants, with the option of shift paddles and new Sprint function. This is the first time that all model variants in the BMW 4 Series Coupé range have been fitted with an eight-speed Steptronic transmission as standard.

Improved body rigidity and careful tweaks to the chassis geometry, mounting and set-up give the new BMW 4 Series Coupé a sporty character all of its own. An intelligent material mix has been employed to optimise the weight of both the body and chassis technology.

The standard and M Sport suspension each incorporate specially tuned lift-related dampers. Customers can also opt for Adaptive M suspension with electronically controlled dampers. Variable sport steering is included with the two optional suspension variants.

A vast array of optional extras can be specified and Cloth/Sensatec upholstery is available as an alternative to the sports seats’ standard cloth covers, while there is also the option of Vernasca leather trim, extended BMW Individual Merino leather trim or BMW Individual full leather trim.

As well as electrically adjustable sports seats and heated seats, climate seats are also now available for the first time.

A broader selection of driver assistance systems includes front collision warning with brake intervention, Lane Departure Warning including lane return (with steering assistance) and the Speed Limit Info system are all now included as standard.

The optional Driving Assistant Professional adds a number of features including the Steering and Lane Control Assistant with new Active Navigation, which uses navigation data to detect any necessary lane changes.

The optional Parking Assistant now also features the reversing assistant, while Parking Assistant Plus includes the BMW Drive Recorder, which shoots videos of the vehicle’s surroundings up to 40 seconds in length.

The uprated BMW Operating System 7.0 in the new BMW 4 Series Coupé can be configured individually while the intuitive multimodal interaction between driver and vehicle can take place – depending on the situation – via the Control Display’s touchscreen,

The iDrive Controller, the multifunction buttons on the steering wheel, voice control or optional BMW gesture control along with the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant with added functions is also at the customer’s service as a standard feature in the new BMW 4 Series Coupé.

I await a test unit with anticipation….

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