BMW will introduce the new 4 Series Coupé to the local market in October, with three variants; the 420i, 430i and M440i xDrive. Incorporating a host of enhancements, the new model includes an expressive design package and new engines.
Developed on a completely new platform, the striking front end of the new 4 Series Coupé provides significant presence and unmistakably marks the new model’s standalone character.
The large, vertically emphasised BMW kidney grille angles forwards and extends down almost to the lower edge of the front apron. A horizontal mesh structure, similar to what has appeared on other recent BMW M series models, features within the kidney grille.
The grille stands at its centre and represents a defining element of the front end. It’s also the most controversial thing about the car’s exciting new look, with the upright kidneys reprising a design feature from legendary models like the 328 and 3.0 CSi.
Full-LED headlights with high beam assistant are included as standard, while BMW Laserlight is standard fitment on the M440i xDrive model. That system features cornering light and adaptive cornering functions with variable road illumination.
BMW Laserlight increases high-beam range to more than 500 metres and dynamically follows the course of the road at speeds above 60km/h.
The interior design of the new 4 Series Coupé is characterised by cleanly designed surfaces, high-quality materials and a driver-focused cockpit. Sport seats and a newly designed M leather steering wheel come as standard.
The coordinated design of the instrument panel and door panel trim in combination with the high-set centre console generates an enveloping environment for the front seat occupants.
A range of engine variants incorporating enhanced TwinPower turbo technology will be available to Australian customers. These include two four cylinder engines for the 420i and 430i, delivering 135kW/300Nm and 190kW/400Nm respectively.
A six cylinder unit will power the M440i xDrive that develops 285kW/500Nm. All three power plants are matched with a fast-shifting eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission which can be controlled by steering wheel-mounted shift paddles.
An intelligent material mix has also been employed to optimise the weight of both the body and chassis technology. Bespoke body struts at the front end and in the rear axle area also play a key role in the coupé’s superb handling agility and precision.
The standard M Sport suspension incorporates specially tuned lift related dampers, while customers can also opt for Adaptive M suspension with electronically controlled dampers.
A built-in SIM card with 4G LTE connectivity and standard BMW Connected Package Professional enable use of digital services including BMW TeleServices and intelligent emergency call, and real time traffic information with hazard warnings.
Remote and concierge services are also included and the new 4 Series Coupé will also optionally offer the advanced remote engine start feature. Driver and passengers will benefit too from the inclusion of BMW Operating System 7.0 on the 10.25-inch display.
Display content can be configured individually while the driver can, depending on the situation, control functionality via the display’s touchscreen, the iDrive Controller, the steering wheel, voice control or optional BMW gesture control.
The BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant and Live Cockpit Professional are also standard in the 4 Series Coupé. The latter features a fully digital screen grouping comprising a digital instrument cluster, with a screen diagonal of 12.3-inches.
The fully digital instrument display in the cockpit provides enough room to accommodate an excerpt from the navigation map, status indicators for the driver assistance systems or 3D visualisation of the surrounding area.
Furthermore, the BMW head-up display fitted as standard provides important information directly in the field of view of the driver. Apple CarPlay is joined by Android Auto to broaden the vehicle’s technology offering to more users as well.
Remote Software Upgrade also enables improved vehicle functions, updates and additional digital services to be imported over the air.
Pricing starts from $70,900 (plus on-roads) for the 420i, whilst the range topping M440i xDrive starts from $116,900 (plus on-roads).