A few days ago, BMW said that they will be revealing the all-new 4 Series by June 4. So when they pulled off all the covers a day early, it came as a pleasant surprise. For the 2021 model year, BMW has transformed the 4 Series from simply a two-door version of 3 Series to give the car it's own unique styling.
It could be said that the styling is generating a lot of talk right now, particularly the front end. That huge vertical kidney grill stands out in the entire BMW range because it's the only one so far with that look. We'll reserve our judgment when we see the car in the metal, but it could be said that it's one of the talking points of the new car. BMW says they did this look to further differentiate it from the 3 Series sedan and Touring, and it has to be said that they have done that.
As for the rest of the car, there's 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.
While its exterior design is distinctive, it's a different story on the inside. The dash appears to come straight from 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.
Speaking of technology, the 4 Series is available with BMW Display Key, Parking Assistance Plus, and a redesigned heads-up display. The standard iDrive infotainment system, on the other hand, now comes with the automaker's latest Operating System 7. This enables individual and personalized screens on the Control Display and instrument cluster, plus the use of the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant.
On to engines and there are three turbo-gas and three turbodiesel options. The gas-fed range starts with the 420i which gets its power from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder TwinPower Turbo. It puts out 184 PS along with 300 Nm of torque. Then there's the 430i which comes with a more powerful 2.0-liter that pushes out 258 PS and 400 Nm of torque.
Serving as the most powerful model in the range is the M440i xDrive. It’s powered by a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline-six that benefits from a 48V mild-hybrid system which provides an additional 11 PS. The result is a total system output of 374 PS with 500 Nm of torque. It can go from 0 - 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds and reach an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h.
Serving as the entry-level model of the turbodiesel range is the 420d. Its 2.0-liter mill produces 190 PS with 400 Nm of torque. It is then followed up by the six-cylinder 430d xDrive which generates 286 PS and 650 Nm of torque. This 3.0-liter inline-six also packs 48V mild-hybrid tech.
Last but not least is the M440d xDrive. Essentially an uprated 430d xDrive, it cranks out 340 PS along with 700 Nm of torque. 0 - 100 km/h comes in at a quick 4.7 seconds while top speed is limited to 250 km/h. All models of the 4 Series Coupe come with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The all-new 4 Series will hit European showrooms first by October this year. That could mean it might take a while before we see BMW's newest coupe sitting in local showrooms.