The camo is starting to come off the new BMW 4 Series.
Just last week, we got our first look at the new BMW M4 Coupe in prototype form. Now, our spies have caught another prototype of the regular next-generation BMW 4 Series Coupe undergoing testing with less camouflage than before. The heavy camouflage has dropped, with just thin foil hiding the 4 Series Coupe's sleek design lines and details.
The kidney grille is still covered up, but our spies went in for a closer look. On closer inspection, we can see that the new 4 Series will have much larger nostrils inspired by the polarizing BMW Concept 4 unveiled at the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show back in September.
This design decision is going to be divisive, but BMW wants the new 4 Series, M3, and M4 to have bolder designs than the 3 Series. Compared to the 3 Series, the new 4 Series will have a more aggressive design with narrower headlights and taillights and a lower roofline.
Don't expect any radical changes inside, however. In contrast to the exterior, previous spy shots have shown the cabin will look nearly identical to the 3 Series, with the same central 8.8-inch touchscreen, digital gauge cluster, and a center console with rotary controls to control BMW's iDrive system. Under the hood, the new BMW 4 Series will share the same engine as the 3 Series, which means the 430i will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder producing 255 horsepower and the M440i will use a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six with 380 hp.
If you want more power, the new M4 is expected to use a 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six producing 473 hp, which will be sent exclusively to the rear wheels in the base model. The range-topping Competition model, on the other hand, will increase the output to 503 hp and feature an all-wheel-drive system that can be switched to rear-wheel drive at the push of a button in the M5. Purists will be happy to know that the new M3 and M4 will still be offered with a manual transmission, but only the base version will likely have this option.