Another pair of doors hasn't diluted the Gran Coupe's performance.
It was a year ago that BMW took the covers off the controversial new 4 Series Coupe with its ungainly grille design. 12 months later, while not many have embraced the design fully, the initial shock has worn off somewhat. That's why the appearance of the 2022 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe isn't much of a surprise. This is the four-door, five-seater, more practical member of the 4 Series family.
If you liked the new BMW i4 but aren't quite ready to purchase a fully electric vehicle, the 4 Series Gran Coupe - which looks nearly identical to the i4 EV - could be the perfect answer. Compared with its predecessor, the 4 Series Gran Coupe is 5.9 inches longer, 2.1 inches taller, and an inch wider.
The large grille, stretched headlights and taillights, and tapered roofline actually mesh together quite well. It's not as pretty as the Audi A5 Sportback but it's definitely more distinctive. Adaptive LED headlights are standard, as are frameless windows and flush-fitting door handles. The base 430i looks a bit more conservative than the edgier M440i xDrive. The latter comes with Cerium Grey trim, high-gloss black elements, a rear spoiler, and uniquely styled 18-inch M aerodynamic bi-color wheels.
The cabin will be familiar to anyone who has sat inside the current 3 Series or 4 Series Coupe. However, unlike the 4 Series Coupe, the Gran Coupe offers seating for five as well as more legroom and headroom. However, at 12 cubic feet, the trunk is no bigger than that of the two-door 4 Series Coupe.
Standard equipment includes the BMW Live Cockpit Professional digital gauge cluster with a 12.3-inch screen and a 10.25-inch central touchscreen linked to iDrive 7. Remote start, a moonroof, and power-adjustable front seats are also standard. The M440i adds a Sensatec-trimmed dashboard and an M steering wheel.
The new 4 Series Gran Coupe will mimic the normal coupe's engine choices. The 430i's 2.0-liter turbocharged four-pot delivers 255 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. Paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and directing power to the rear wheels only, it can reach 60 mph in exactly six seconds, 0.4 seconds faster than the base Audi A5 Sportback.
The M440i xDrive directs its considerable power to all four corners. Its 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six generates 382 hp and 369 lb-ft, enabling a 0-60 mph sprint time of only 4.5 seconds. This variant also utilizes a 48-volt mild hybrid system that adds an immediate 11-hp boost and also aids efficiency. The M440i also comes with a Sprint function for superior bursts of mid-range power, an M Sport suspension, variable sport steering, and M Sport brakes.
Safety is well catered for on both models. BMW says that there are about 40 automated assistance features, although this includes both standard and optional features. Lane departure warning, active blind-spot detection, and forward collision warning are all standard.
As with many modern vehicles, the 4 Series Gran Coupe can be enhanced during its lifetime via remote software upgrades. The BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant also makes it easy to control functions via voice prompts.
As for pricing, the rear-wheel-drive 430i Gran Coupe begins at $44,800 and the all-wheel-drive M440i xDrive Gran Coupe starts at $58,000. Both of these prices exclude the $995 destination charge. By comparison, the Audi A5 Sportback starts at $41,800. While these two Gran Coupe models are set for an August 2021 market launch, BMW says that an AWD 430i xDrive and a RWD M440i will follow at a later date.