The first images of a concept version of BMW’s replacement for the 3-Series Coupe have hit the Web, confirming the new car will be called a 4-Series as well as reaffirming our belief that BMW can still design a stunning vehicle.
Clearly the design of BMW’s new 4-Series Coupe builds on the lines of the regular 3-Series with which it shares a platform, however, the 4-Series Coupe adds a whole new level of aggression and some special styling touches that make it look much more premium.
Of course, this is still a concept, so the production version due next year will likely see things toned down a little.
Key elements of the design include new headlights with a more tapered-back look and a new take on BMW’s ‘Angel Eyes’ daytime running lights. The grille is also much more pronounced and sits atop a bumper that’s much more aggressive than we’re used to.
Moving rearward, there’s a new fender vent shaped like a reversed number seven. This is a new design trend from BMW that we’ll see on a number of its models including the recently spotted 3-Series Gran Turismo.
The profile of the 4-Series Coupe concept features a beautiful shape that’s reminiscent of the old E46 3-Series Coupe, still one of BMW’s most beautiful designs, while the rear looks clean and shows that designers will likely incorporate the exhaust tips in the rear bumper.
We also get a look at the concept’s interior, which takes on a very brown theme (even the Alcantara headliner is brown). As expected, most of the interior is shared with the 3-Series. Look for a 2+2 seating configuration.
As for the engine lineup in the production 4-Series Coupe, expect the same 328i and 335i designations from the sedan to filter across to the coupe. This means a 240 horsepower 2.0-liter turbo in the 428i and a 300 horsepower 3.0-liter turbo in the 435i model. Transmission choices will include a standard six-speed manual and optional eight-speed automatic.
Note, BMW has plans for several other 4-Series models including a 4-Series Convertible, a new 4-Series Gran Coupe and even an X4 coupe crossover based on the X3. Then there are the M4 performance variants too.
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