BMW is expanding its local 4 Series stable with the addition of the Gran Coupe variant that is planned to reach our shores in the fourth quarter of 2021.
The second generation of the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe follows the same design cues worn by the other models within the range but adds two more doors, five full-size seats, a large tailgate and a variable-usage load compartment.
The new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe will be built at the firm’s plant in Munich on the same line as the all-electric BMW i4 and the BMW 3 Series Sedan.
In terms of dimensions, the 4 Series Gran Coupe measures 4,783 mm in length, 1,852 mm in width and 1,442 mm in height. When compared to the outgoing model, the Gran Coupe has grown by 143 mm in length, 27 mm in width and 53 mm in height. The track widths have also grown – to 1,595 millimetres at the front (+50 mm) and 1,623 millimetres at the rear (+29 mm).
The wheelbase of 2,856 millimetres is 46 millimetres longer than the predecessor’s and 5 millimetres more than the figure for the 3 Series Sedan.
The boot space is rated at 470-litres – an increase of 39-litres compared to its predecessor. Users can expand the load capacity to a maximum of 1 290 litres by folding down the sections of the rear backrest, with its standard 40:20:40 split.
Like the coupe variants, the Gran Coupe has an oversized kidney grille at the front as well as slim full-LED headlights with U-shaped fibre-optic light guides for the daytime driving lights. Adaptive LED Headlights with BMW Laserlight, including BMW Selective Beam non-dazzling high beam assist, are available as options.
The Gran Coupe is fitted with frameless windows and flush-fitting handles while the rear gets a spoiler-lip on the tailgate. There is a rear apron with vertical aero lips at its outer edges and a Black finish for its lower edge. The full-LED rear lights also get the darkened treatment.
An M Carbon exterior package can be specified as an option, and model-specific M Performance Parts are available as part of the Genuine BMW Accessory range.
The interior comes fitted with a rear seat bench with folding head restraints that allow three child seats to be fitted. Sports seats and a Sport leather steering wheel come as standard.
Other features such as seat-heating and ventilation, Vernasca and BMW Individual leather trim options can be had. Buyers can further add sensatec or leather coverings for the instrument panel, the M Sport package Pro, a large glass slide/tilt sunroof, ambient lighting and the Harman Kardon Surround Sound System.
The new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe comes in three engine options; 420i, 420d and the range-topping M440i xDrive.
Inside the 420i lurks a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with 135 kW and 300 Nm of torque. It accelerates from standstill to 100 km/h in 7.9 seconds before hitting the top speed at 235 km/h. The 420d uses a 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine with 140 kW and 400 Nm. The figures enable it to hurtle from a standstill to 100 km/h in 7.3 seconds en route to a top speed of 235 km/h.
Sitting on top of the 4 Series Gran Coupe range is the M440i xDrive with 275 kW and 500 Nm sent to all four wheels via the xDrive system. It dashes off the line to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds with its top speed capped at 250 km/h.
All the engines team up with an 8-speed Steptronic transmission as standard.
The new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé comes as standard with 18” light-alloy wheels. The standard specification for the new BMW M440i xDrive Gran Coupé includes 19” M light-alloy wheels and an M Sport differential with an electronically controlled, fully variable locking function in the rear.