While the 3 Series was reserved for the four-door sedan version, the Coupe was renamed as the 4-Series. It was the BMW strategy to enhance its lineup, and it worked.
For the 2020 model year, BMW introduced a completely new 4-series in June 2020. It was based on the 2019 concept-car showed in September 2019 at Frankfurt Motor Show, one of the last important motor shows before the pandemic started.
The 4-Series was a shocking appearance with its kidney-grille, which got bigger and covered the front fascia's middle side from the bottom of the apron to the hood. It was huge! On the sides of the front bumper, BMW installed a pair of vents to cool the brakes. BMW opted for standard LED units for the headlights, while the laser ones were on the options list. The sculptured door panels and the raked C-pillars resembled the silhouette of the BMW 8-Series. Dual exhaust was installed in the back, with a three-slats splitter in the middle.
Inside, the car was fitted with sport-bucket seats as standard. The instrument cluster featured a TFT color display, and, on the center stack, the infotainment system was installed. It featured connectivity via Apple CarPlay, and it could support Android phones. If the car was fitted with the automatic gearbox, it was fitted with a pair of paddle-shifters as well.
BMW offered the 4 Series with a power output between 184 and 374 hp, with rear- or all-wheel-drive. All versions were paired with an 8-speed automatic gearbox. The diesel versions were fitted to a mild-hybrid system to achieve better fuel efficiency and to lower CO2 emissions.
Strongly associated with luxury, sportiness and practicality, the new BMW 4 series had it all.
The 4-series was more sporty than the 3-series it was based on, and was rather a sports car that was almost as practical as a saloon. Also, compared to the 3-series, the new coupe had a more agile handling due to the lower center of gravity and a wider track at the front and at the rear.
The 4-series was one of the widest coupes on the market at the time.
Having a big trunk and foldable rear seats, the 4-Series could easily carry luggages for a longer trim and even longer items.
The cabin was impeccably crafter with high quality materials and the sporty design matched the outside look.
The cabin was very roomy in the front, and we could not complain about the legroom and headroom available for the rear passengers, even if it was a coupe.
The 4-Series was available in three body shapes: coupe, convertible and a 4-door Gran Coupe.
A variety of engines was available, with 3 gasoline and 3 diesel options.
The gasoline engines developed between 184 hp and 326 hp, while the Diesel engine ranged between 190 hp and 313 hp.
The BMW’s xDriver technology was standard on the 4-series coupe and offered great handling an an impressive grip.
The 4-series was equipped with a driver selectable driving mode and included the Comfort, Eco Pro and Sport.
The 4 Series marked the end of the 3-Series Coupe and the beginning of a new series in BMW stable. The new 4-Series Coupe was based on the same platform with the F30 BMW 3-Series.
The 3-Series started its journey as a coupe only back at the beginning of the '70s. Over the years, it gained new body shapes such as the sedan, station-wagon, convertible, and even a shortened version, the 3-Series Compact. As the coupe-shaped vehicles evolved into 4-doors coupe or shooting-brakes, it was needed that a new coupe-class: the 4-Series.
The 4-Series was launched at the 2013 North American Auto Show in Detroit. Some cues resembled the 3-Series, but apart from its platform, it was a completely different car. The narrow and wide grille, the swept headlights, and raked A-pillars evoked more sportiness. It sits lower and wider than its sibling, with its broadest point over the rear wheel arches. The twin LED headlights (optional) were shaped with a signature lamp. A large air-intake in the front apron was complemented by additional vents to aerodynamically enhance the airflow.
Inside, the bucket seats were fitted as standard, with high bolstering. The dashboard, the center stack tilted toward the driver, and the center console were focused on the driver. A floating screen for the i-Drive system was mounted on top of the dash. In the rear seats, there was seating for two, with a folding backseat in a 40:20:40 way.
The 4-Series was offered in four different trim levels and each of them could be customized for individual equipment variants. For the drivetrain, the 4-Series coupe was offered with a wide choice of gasoline and diesel engines, with rear or all-wheel-drive. For some versions, it was fitted with a manual transmission while others were offered exclusively with an 8-speed automatic.