A few months ago, BMW pulled the covers off their first electric four-door coupe, the i4. And then, about a week ago, they gave us the full details of it. While the spec sheet is impressive, there are still those who want an internal combustion engine under the hood instead of electric motors.
If you're curious what the non-electric version of the i4 looks like, then you don't have to wait any longer. That's because BMW has launched that as well. Introducing the second-generation 4 Series Gran Coupe.
The shape looks rather familiar. That's because it shares almost everything with the i4. Of course, it doesn't mean that the 4 Series Gran Coupe is a carbon copy of its electric counterpart. For instance, that massive grille is opened up to send air into the engine. It also gets a more aggressive-looking bumper and larger aerodynamic strakes by the bottom of the fenders. The 4 Series Gran Coupe has more wheel options as well. Interestingly, the 4 Series Gran Coupe has flush door handles instead of the usual grab-type handle.
If you've been inside the 3 Series sedan and wagon, then you'll be right at home in the 4 Series Gran Coupe. From the dashboard to the center stack, it is identical to its more upright-looking sibling. That said, it has unique door panels to differentiate it from the 3 Series. Most models come with a digital instrument cluster which was introduced in the 8 Series coupe. However, those who still prefer the traditional handbrake will be disappointed as the all-new 4 Series Gran Coupe now has an electronic parking brake.
There are some interesting options available in the redesigned 4 Series Gran Coupe. It can be ordered with seat heating and ventilation, dynamic cruise control, a panoramic sunroof, and a Harmann/Kardon sound system, just to name a few. Go for the M Sport Package and you have the option to expand the driving dynamic modes, along with a sportier suspension set up.
As for engines, it's a mix of four and six-cylinder power plants. For the initial line-up, there are four to choose from, namely three turbo-gas and one turbodiesel. The only diesel engine available for now is in the 420d. It has a 2.0-liter mill that makes 190 PS and 400 Nm of torque. The 420d is also available with xDrive all-wheel drive.
Meanwhile, the base turbo-gas engine is found in the 420i. Its boosted 2.0-liter engine is good for 184 PS and 300 Nm of torque. The 430i also uses a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, but it's uprated to 245 PS and 400 Nm of torque. But if you want the classic BMW formula of a six-cylinder under the hood, you'll have to go for the M440i xDrive. As the name implies, it comes standard with all-wheel drive. It also has a turbocharged 3.0-liter engine that's good for 374 PS and 500 Nm of torque.
Given that BMW Philippines brings in most of the lineup here, we can expect the 4 Series Gran Coupe to land here eventually. As for its launch date, that's all up to the local distributor.