Despite its launch about a year ago, the BMW 4 Series is still generating buzz for the German automaker. Partly because it's an all-new model, and partly because of its, er, nose. But now, you have a chance to take a look at it for yourself. That's because BMW Philippines has launched the redesigned 4 Series Coupe in the country.
The all-new 4 Series breaks away from tradition with its exterior design. Whereas past 3 Series-derived coupes shared a lot of their looks from their four-door counterparts, this one is radically different. For starters, that massive kidney grille grabs your attention as it spans from the tip of its hood all the way to the apron. BMW says it's a homage to their heritage, drawing comparisons to the E9 Coupe from the '60s and 328 from the '30s.
That said, the sides and the rear are less polarizing. There are soft curves and defined lines running across its flanks. Then there's the flared-out quarter panel which further highlights the car's "hips". Its fastback-like roofline flows seamlessly into the trunk lid, which then kicks upwards towards the edges. At the back, slim, wraparound taillights take some cues from the 8 Series, BMW's flagship two-door.
As for the interior, it's nearly an identical design to the 3 Series. Like the sedan, the dash sees flat surfaces and geometric shapes. It also adapts the digital instrument cluster which was introduced in the 8 Series coupe. There are more polygonal shapes in the cabin compared to the previous-generation model. The iDrive screen is also larger, packing the same tech found on the larger 5 Series. The only significant differences between this and the 3 Series are the door and rear panels.
In the Philippines, the 4 Series Coupe comes in two flavors, namely the 420i Advantage and 420i M Sport. The Advantage variant is the standard model, so it has T-shaped foglight housings, multiple center air intakes, aluminum window surrounds, and 18-inch alloy wheels. The M Sport adds a more aggressive styling package with larger corner air intakes, an integrated splitter, gloss black trim around the windows, and M Sport alloy wheels.
Both models are powered by BMW's 2.0-liter, TwinPower Turbo engine. It's the same one used in the 320i sedan we tested about a year ago. Like the saloon, the 420i Coupes pack 184 PS and 290 Nm of torque to power the rear wheels. That engine is coupled with the tried and tested eight-speed automatic transmission from ZF. Factory claims include a 0 to 100 km/h time of 7.5 seconds, a top speed of 240 km/h, and up to 18.8 kilometers per liter.
If its stats (or design) got you curious, now is a good time to head to your nearest BMW dealership. Who knows, seeing it in the metal might change your opinion. As for pricing, the 420i Advantage starts at PHP 3,990,000, while the 420i M Sport retails for PHP 4,590,000.