The new BMW 4-Series has officially been revealed, following numerous spy shots and major leaks over the past few weeks that has been secretly released unintentionally on one of the industry’s worst kept secrets.
The new BMW 4-Series looks both elegant and sporty in the way BMW is doing all those years for the two-door variant of the 3-Series.
The bodywork’s smooth styling features a shoulder line that makes the car look wider in the rear while the modern LED lighting units front and rear are tastefully done. Look closely at the boot lid and you’ll see that the edge is shaped like a perfectly integrated lip. This clean-styling approach is inspired largely by its bigger brother, the 8-Series.
As with every new BMW available today, the new 4-Series will sport different bumpers depending on which trim line you go for; the most aggressive look is achieved by the M Sport-equipped models, featuring sharper bumpers with large air intakes, bigger wheels, a sport suspension, a stronger brake system and more.
The most powerful version of the 2021 4 Series Coupé, the 440i comes with a new 3.0-liter inline-six turbo engine supported by 48-volt mild-hybrid technology. The combined output is rated at 382 horsepower (285 kilowatts) and 369 pound-feet (500 Newton-meters) of twist for a 0-60 mph time of just 4.3 seconds. Also, the 430i comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 delivering 255 horsepower and 294 pound-feet of torque.
In the new M4 (as well as the upcoming M3), it will be available in at least two power levels, starting at 473 HP (480 PS) for the base variant and moving up to 503 HP (510 PS) for the Competition.
The bigger size of the 4-Series over the 3-Series isn’t the only way BMW is differentiating the two models. The layout of the 4-Series’ center console is unique, and so is the design of the shifter. An analog instrument cluster is standard but a fully digital cluster with a 12.3-inch display is available and really should be standard on a car in this price range.
Thankfully, BMW adds numerous electronic driver-assist features as standard. They include lane departure warning with steering correction; frontal collision; pedestrian warning with braking function; blind spot detection; rear cross traffic alert; rear collision preparation, automatic high beams; and speed limit information. A worthy option is the parking assistance package which adds a surround-view camera.
The new coupe reaches dealers later this year as a 2021 model and with a starting price of $46,595. That’s for a 430i model with rear-wheel drive. Add all-wheel drive and you’ll need to pay an additional $2,000.
Also available at launch will be an M440i with standard all-wheel drive and a starting price of $59,495. All figures include destination charges.