The 4-series Gran Coupé is conceived as a sportier and practical alternative to the 3-series
30 December 2013

BMW will add a third model to its newly established 4-series line-up with the launch of a four-door Gran Coupé.

Set to make its world debut at the Geneva motor show, the new liftback model will join the 4-series coupé and convertible models as “a visually racier but eminently practical four-door alternative to the traditional 3-series saloon”.

The 4-series Gran Coupé uses the same structure as the 4-series coupé and 3-series saloon, with a 2810mm wheelbase. The four-door layout has been made possible by shortening the length of the front doors to accommodate smaller rear doors. All doors are frameless and the B-pillars have been beefed up for added structural rigidity.

At 4640mm in length, 1825mm in width and 1370mm in height, the 4-series Gran Coupé is exactly the same length and width but slightly taller than the 4-series coupé. The additional strengthening and rear doors are claimed to add 100kg to the kerb weight.

Helping to differentiate the new car visually is a more heavily curved roofline than the 4-series coupé’s. The 4-series Gran Coupé also adopts a more heavily raked windscreen and rear window than the 3-series saloon. Its boot capacity is put at 480 litres, the same as a 3-series saloon’s.

The 4-series Gran Coupé will have the same line-up of four and six-cylinder engines as the 4-series coupé. Rear drive will be standard, with all-wheel drive optional on some models. 

Prices are set to start at about £5000 higher than an equivalent 3-series saloon. UK sales will start in June.

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30 December 2013

Is anyone else reading this and thinking WTF BMW? " The four-door layout has been made possible by shortening the length of the front doors to accommodate smaller rear doors"
WOW. i'm sure they'll sell like hotcakes.

30 December 2013

...5 door hatchback version of the 2 door "coupe" of a 4 door saloon. Why not buy the estate car version, which is probably cheaper?

30 December 2013

Time to buy a Merc...

30 December 2013

I don't understand how this is 'news'. The pictures are taken in Germany (German road signs) with the trees in full leaf, and the driver wearing shirt-sleeves (suggesting warm weather). So the pictures must be at least 2 months old. This has all the signs of a BMW 'leak' to drum up interest. Or am I just cynical?

30 December 2013

Audi's done alright with the A5 Sportback, so it;'s understandable why BMW's gone down this path - a chance to charge an extra £5k and make some much needed profit in this competitive market, but the styling doesnt look different / special enough for me judging by these camouflaged versions. The 6 series Gran coupe is expensive but looks the part and is a mile away from a 5 series styling wise, this doesn't look different enough from a 3 series saloon IMO.

30 December 2013
devil's advocate wrote:

...5 door hatchback version of the 2 door "coupe" of a 4 door saloon. Why not buy the estate car version, which is probably cheaper?

You sound confused. There is no 5 door hatchback version of the 2 door, the 5 door hatchback version (not to be confused with the 5 door estate), is of the 4 door saloon from where the 2 door coupe was born. This is the four door coupe. It's all perfectly simple.

Seems the only variant of the 3 series you can't buy is a 3 door - you'll need to buy a 1 series for that.

30 December 2013
scotty5 wrote:
devil's advocate wrote:

...5 door hatchback version of the 2 door "coupe" of a 4 door saloon. Why not buy the estate car version, which is probably cheaper?

You sound confused. There is no 5 door hatchback version of the 2 door, the 5 door hatchback version (not to be confused with the 5 door estate), is of the 4 door saloon from where the 2 door coupe was born. This is the four door coupe. It's all perfectly simple.

Seems the only variant of the 3 series you can't buy is a 3 door - you'll need to buy a 1 series for that.

SORRY SCOTTY5 BUT THE ARTICLE SAYS

"Set to make its world debut at the Geneva motor show, the new liftback model will join the 4-series coupé and convertible models as “a visually racier but eminently practical four-door alternative to the traditional 3-series saloon”.

The 4-series Gran Coupé uses the same structure as the 4-series coupé and 3-series saloon, with a 2810mm wheelbase. The four-door layout has been made possible by shortening the length of the front doors to accommodate smaller rear doors. All doors are frameless and the B-pillars have been beefed up for added structural rigidity."

That makes it a 5 door (liftback) version of the 4 Series Coupe, which is a 2 door version of the 3 series.

The only thing that confuses is the BMW model range.

30 December 2013
devil's advocate wrote:

SORRY SCOTTY5 BUT THE ARTICLE SAYS

"blah blah blah... will join the 4-series coupé and convertible models as “a visually racier but eminently practical FOUR-DOOR alternative...”

The FOUR-DOOR layout ... blah blah blah.

ALL DOORS are frameless... blah blah blah.

My mistake. So when BMW say four-doors, they actually mean five?

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30 December 2013

I think BMW have scored a bit of an own goal with all this gran coupe confusion and changing the 3er coupe to a 4er (especially given that the 4er is meant to be a coupe). These GC's (and 3/5GT) are really horrible but at the end of the day, BMW is a business...

30 December 2013

Why don't they shorten the front doors of the 4series convertible, add two back doors and a proper roof so there's more head and leg room and call it a saloon? Maybe they could charge more for it on the basis that it's roomier and more practical?

Wow, don't know what came over me there, must be getting in touch with my feminine side.

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