BMW confuses naming convention with four-door 4 Series Gran Coupe.
BMW has introduced a new model flies in the face of its new naming convention. The 4 Series Gran Coupe is a four-door version of the two-door coupe. The reason for the Gran Coupe, BMW explained, is to offer those lovely 4 Series aesthetics in a more practical package.
The 4 Series Gran Coupe is virtually the same car as the 4 Series Coupe save for a 12mm higher and 112mm longer roofline and, of course, the addition of two new passenger doors. A 4+1 seating layout means up to five passengers can be ferried about, while boot space is now 480-litres (35-litre increase). Fold the rear seats down and you have 1,300-litres to play with.
Three petrol engines (420i, 428i and 435i) and two diesels (418d and 420d) are available, mirroring the 4 Series Coupe. All variants are rear-wheel drive unless you specify the xDrive four-wheel drive system on the 420d.
Power output ranges from 143bhp in the 418d to 306bhp in the 435i. The 435i Gran Coupe can hit 0 to 62mph in 5.5 seconds or 5.4 seconds with the optional eight-speed automatic ─ a tenth slower than the 4 Series Coupe.
The extra weight of the Gran Coupe means efficiency drops from 35.8mpg and 185g/km of CO2 emissions on the 4 Series to 34.9mpg and 189g/km on the Gran Coupe. Not a big enough difference to write home about, it must be said.
A further two diesel engines – 430d and 435d – will be added at a later date, according to reports, along with a four-wheel drive option for the 420i and 430d.
A choice of SE, Sport, Modern, Luxury and M Sport trim levels will be available, with Sport costing an extra £1,500 and M Sport an extra £3,000. Standard equipment matches the 4 Series coupe, which means a generous list of extras including leather seats, parking sensors at the front and rear, Xenon headlights and DAB digital radio.
The 4 Series Gran Coupe will start from £29,420 for the 420i SE when it goes on sale on June 21st, 2014. That’s about a £3,000 premium over the 3 Series saloon. We’ll know more when the car is revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe images
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