After a successful intro in 2013, and an ever more successful life, BMW unveils the 2020 BMW 4-Series. A completely new car.
Expected to hit the showrooms this October, the new 4 Series Coupe exhibits the latest generation of BMW’s design language. The prominent Grille that now incorporates the plate holder, sleek and clean lines and coupe proportions.
At 4.77m, the upcoming model is 13cm longer and 3cm wider than its predecessor. Despite being slightly taller, a mere 6mm, the wider tracks (28mm at the front and 18mm at the rear) enhance the aggressive and sporty appearance. The sides feature slim frame-less windows, a flowing roofline and reduced wheel arc shoulders.
LED lights all around, with adaptive BMW Laserlight as an option, and slightly darkened rear LED lights with L-shaped light bars giving it a distinctive look at night. The data sheet states thecenter of gravity is 21mm lower than the outgoing 4 Series. We hope this, along with the widened track, translates into enhanced stability and speed in corners.
The initial offering comes on 7 variants, with 2l four cylinder engines, 3l inline 6 both in gasoline and diesel variants. Power output ranges between 184HP and 374HP. Fuel consumption may go as low as 5.8l/100km, all the way to 7.1l/100km for the M440i xDrive. Diesel are even better with a minimum of 3.9l/100km.
Oh Captain, my Captain
The interior is purposefully driver focus, with all the controls and screens tilted towards the captain. And entire digital dashboard and a 10.25″ touchscreen in the central console serve as the command center for the machine systems. The starter button has now migrated to the gear lever area, where it shares space with the iDrive system. All models are paired to a 8-speed steptronic gearbox and they all have shift paddles fitted to the steering wheel.
To ease driving and prevent distractions, the new heads-up display is now 70% larger. Driving assistance is still kept to the minimum, with Lane Departure, Parking Assistance and adaptive cruise control being the highlight of a brand that distinguishes itself as the “Ultimate Driving Machine”.
The new 4 Series will be manufactured at the Dingolfin facility in Bavaria, and is expected to range between 45,000USD and 65,000USD. Final prices may vary depending on location. I have to say 3 things though. First, the 48V mild hybrid… doesn’t cut it. Second, is there an EV option coming? or is that part of the i-X range? Does the central console screen have to always be an appendage? Other brands manage to integrate it…