What It Is: The BMW 4-series, successor to the 3-series coupe. Starting with the third-generation 3-series, the two-door version has received a decidedly different stylistic treatment, with a longer hood, a lower roof, and sweeping lines. Compared to the outgoing sixth generation, the new car will have an even-sportier roofline and more tension in the flanks, and it will feature vents behind the front wheels that we doubt serve a real purpose. Our European sources tell us that the name change from 3-series to 4 has been decided, although we still lack an official confirmation from BMW brass. Calling the coupe the 4-series instead of the 3-series is supposed to elevate the coupe’s status in the BMW lineup and justify its slightly higher asking price. It also aligns with the strategy applied to the 6-series, which is based on the 5-series, and we believe that the next-gen 1-series coupe will be called the 2-series. Audi follows a similar doctrine with its A4-based A5 and A6-based A7.
Why It Matters: The 3-series is the quintessential BMW, and the same is true of its coupe variant, whatever its name. BMW needs to prove the new coupe will remain true to its character in spite of downsized engines and electric power steering. But judging from the 3-series sedan, the 4-series will deliver. The lineup will expand later to include a convertible with a folding hardtop. The 4-series will be available with the same trim levels offered on the 3-series sedan, including base, Luxury, Modern, Sport, and M Sport. Captured in these photos is a Sport model.
Platform: The F32 4-series will share its platform with the F30 3-series. Rear-wheel drive will be standard, with all-wheel drive being optional.
Powertrains: In the U.S., the 3er’s current powertrain lineup will carry over to the 4-series. Expect the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder to motivate the 428i, and the 435i will get the 3.0-liter turbo straight-six. The M version of the coupe—we have spy shots of that, too—will be powered by a turbocharged straight-six producing around 450 hp. Despite the influx of diesels joining BMW’s American lineup in the next two years, there aren’t any plans to install one in our 4-series.
Thanks to: Car and Driver