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BMW 4 Series range receives major updates


The BMW 4 Series Coupé, BMW 4 Series Convertible and BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe have received refreshed styling, upgraded cabins and new interior features. in addition, the BMW M4 sports gets a new look with sharper dynamics and optional new Carbon Package. Prices start at €50,890 for the 420i Sport Coupe (180hp – CO2 141).

BMW tells us that since its debut in 2013, it has delivered nearly 400,000 units of the 4 Series to customers all over the world. About half of all BMW 4 Series models are sold in Europe.

Styling cues borrowed from the spectacular BMW Concept 4 Series Coupé in 2012 are clearly visible in the design of the new BMW 4 Series, with the new models including elements such as a large air intake with eye-catching bars and LED headlights and rear lights.

The restyled front end of the BMW 4 Series expresses the model range’s dynamic personality to great effect. The defining feature at the front of the new BMW 4 Series is an unbroken central air intake with an aperture that increases in size towards the outer edges, adding a more imposing presence and greater sense of width to the entire nose section. On the Sport version, the air intake is almost entirely bordered by an eye-catching, high-gloss black bar that is designed to accentuate the vehicle’s wide, and more powerful stance.

The BMW 4 Series Coupe, BMW 4 Series Convertible and BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe are now equipped with new twin LED headlights as standard. The headlights are composed of a familiar silhouette: flat-bottomed headlight tubes encircled by daytime running light rings, along with a dynamic cropped look, produced by the characteristic ‘eyebrow’ design. The tubes’ dark-coloured holders give the interior of the headlight assemblies a clear, cool, but technical, look. LED front fog lamps also form part of the standard specification.

Additionally, all models in the new BMW 4 Series are optionally available with new Icon Adaptive LED headlights.

The rear of the BMW 4 Series has a low, sporty look that follows the lead of the front-end styling, with the bold horizontal lines and elongated design of the rear light clusters helping to make the muscular wheel arches stand out (the widest point of the BMW 4 Series body is at the rear wheels). Meanwhile, the new rear apron has been designed to further accentuate the general impression of power.

The redesigned rear lights give the new BMW 4 Series a fresh and technically sophisticated appearance from the rear. The characteristic L-shaped styling theme for the lights has been retained, but in a reinterpreted form. The LED lights are no longer divided into individual light strips, with a sweeping curve in the outer section of the light assemblies giving them a perfectly homogenous look.

Moving inside the new BMW 4 Series range and an array of upgraded details add to the cabin’s exclusive, high-quality feel. Examples include the surrounds for the air vents and the control panels in the doors now including electroplated inserts, while the switch for the hardtop roof in the BMW 4 Series Convertible and the integral belt guides for its front seats also have an electroplated finish.

BMW says that the driving experience in all BMW 4 Series models is rooted in a finely honed blend of sharp sporting performance and superb ride comfort. The BMW 4 Series has a lower centre of gravity than the BMW 3 Series (Coupe: -40 mm, Gran Coupe: -30 mm, Convertible: -20 mm), a wider track at the front (+14 mm) and rear (+22 mm), plus specially configured kinematics, giving it all the ingredients needed for even more agile handling.

BMW’s engineers claim that they have greatly enhanced the cars’ dynamic handling capabilities by revising the 4 Series’ suspension, but without compromising on the cars’ impressive ride comfort.

All of the petrol engines and the four-cylinder diesel powerplants offered for the new BMW 4 Series hail from the latest BMW EfficientDynamics family and are equipped with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology.

All new BMW 4 Series models are available with three petrol engines offering the following power ratings: the 420i with 184hp, the 430i with 252hp and the top-of-the-range 440i with 326hp. Combined fuel consumption is 35.8-51.4mpg, while CO2 emissions range from 127g/km to 185g/km.

There is also a choice of three diesel engines: the 420d with 190hp, 430d with 258hp and 435d xDrive with 313hp. Combined fuel consumption ranges from 47.9-70.6mpg with CO2 emissions of 106-155g/km.

Depending on the particular model, the BMW 4 Series Coupe, BMW 4 Series Convertible and BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe can be specified with either a six-speed manual gearbox or eight-speed Steptronic transmission, which is already fitted as standard on the BMW 430d/BMW 430d xDrive, BMW 435d xDrive, BMW 440i Convertible and BMW 440i Gran Coupe.

Besides the inherent benefits of all-wheel drive – such as optimum transmission of power to the road, supreme handling safety and unbeatable grip in slippery or wintry conditions – BMW xDrive also serves to reduce understeer and oversteer through bends, resulting in more dynamic cornering properties.

BMW has also included a number of new features that enhance driver convenience for the navigation, telephone connectivity, display and controls in the BMW 4 Series.

The BMW M4: the BMW 4 Series at its fastest
The BMW M4 Coupé and BMW M4 Convertible represent the epitome of a high-performance sports car, offering unrestricted everyday practicality. The six-cylinder engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology is fitted as standard under the bonnet of both BMW M4 model versions, generating a mighty 431hp, propelling them to exceptional performance. At the same time, fuel consumption on the combined cycle for the M4 Coupe is 32.1mpg, while CO2 emissions are measured at 204g/km.

New for 2017 and the sportiest members of the BMW 4 Series family also boast a new look. The BMW M4 Coupe now comes as standard with LED headlights, the Icon Adaptive LED headlights with hexagonal graphics being optionally available. New 3D LED rear lights also freshen up appearances and add technical appeal. The BMW M3 Saloon also gets this headlight upgrade from March 2017.

In addition, as part of the model update measures, the Competition Package is now available with the option of new forged 20-inch light-alloy wheels in Star-spoke 666 M style, in black, which complement the high-gloss black exterior components that form part of the Competition Package.

Finally, BMW M Performance Accessories are also now optionally available for the first time for the M4 Coupé, as well as the M3 Saloon. Customers can now select four individual packages, adding key styling components that bring an even sportier dynamic appearance to both the inside and outside of their vehicle.