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2 June 2020

BMW will officially unveil its second-generation BMW 4 Series overnight (2 June) but images leaked online have previewed the new coupé's exterior styling.

UPDATE: The new BMW 4 Series has been revealed, see it here

First posted by the BM World M Instagram account, the pictures seem to have been lifted from an official launch brochure, giving us a first look at the front, rear and side of the car, as well as some of the colour options that will be available at launch. 

The coupé has previously been spotted by our photographers at the Nürburgring and near BMW's Munich headquarters, but these new pictures are the first to show the firm’s bold kidney grille undisguised, as seen on the Concept 4 Series last September.

The Audi A5 Coupé and Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé rival also has a clear family resemblance with the larger 8 Series. It features a prominent bonnet, a heavily curved roofline, an angled rear window and a pronounced shoulder line over its rear wheels.

Alongside the coupé spied here, BMW is also developing a successor model to the 4 Series Convertible, which will feature a fabric roof in place of the metal structure used by the current generation, and a follow-up to the four-door 4 Series Gran Coupé.

The 4 Series is based on the latest variant of BMW’s CLAR (cluster architecture) platform. It supports both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive, although, unlike the larger 8 Series, developments such as air suspension and four-wheel steering aren't planned to be offered during its seven-year lifecycle.

The engine line-up will be similar to that of the latest 3 Series, to which the 4 Series is related, with an extended range of 2.0-litre four-cylinder and 3.0-litre six-cylinder powerplants to be offered from the outset.

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The 420i, 430i, 420d and 430d, all with standard rear-wheel drive, will be offered with optional xDrive four-wheel drive. The M440 xDrive will have all-wheel drive as standard.

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18 July 2019
What possible reason is there to disguise that?

It is like disguising a new table tennis ball.

We know what it will look like.

We know what engines it will have.

We know it will be longer and wider.

We know it will have more irritating 'tech' crap on it.

We know it will make fake engine noises through its speakers.

Absolutely none of this is good news.

18 July 2019
eseaton wrote:

What possible reason is there to disguise that? It is like disguising a new table tennis ball. We know what it will look like. We know what engines it will have. We know it will be longer and wider. We know it will have more irritating 'tech' crap on it. We know it will make fake engine noises through its speakers. Absolutely none of this is good news.

Alright, calm down, Jesus. If already know all this then why bother clicking on the story in the first place?

18 July 2019

I confidently predict it will be better than the 8 series. But possibly not as good as its predecessor.

19 March 2020

I was always a fan of the offset numberplate solution in the Alfas, wonder if BMW considered it? Then they could show off their grill in all its, ahem, ‘glory’.

Mind you, that worked because the Alfa was stylish, this BMW just isn’t.  

19 July 2019
Mainly because, unlike the author, I feel the need to express my opinions.

That is surely the only purpose of this forum?

1 June 2020

A wise man once said 'A man who moralises is usually a hypocrite'.  Not content to dismiss an opinion, you also make reference to a mythological entity for credibility.Plenty for you to work on.

1 June 2020

... the Germans have no sense of style.  Zero.  Zilch.  Nada.  

Alfa could maybe have pulled off such a stupidly oversized and overwrought grille.  Maserati, too.  Fiat?  They could possibly make it fun.

But Germans?  They are good at making sausages and crumbed pieces of meat.  Everything else they touch looks rubbish. 

19 July 2019

It sounds more like having a rant than expressing an opinion.

Regardless, Autocar don't only express opnions, but also report car/car related/auto industry news. As such this article is not supposed to be a review of the new 4 and what Autocar think of it, but merely reporting the news of its soon to be launch, probable specification, details etc. So, why get so het up about it?

19 July 2019

 I’m not a fan, I don’t like the way the rear deck has been done, otherwise it’ll be standard BMW fare, good to drive, nice to sit in.

13 August 2019

Found this on the Irish website, not sure if it's on general release yet!https://www.bmw.ie/en/all-models/2-series/gran-coupe/2019/bmw-2-series-gran-coupe-inspire.html

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