Will the controversial grille look better on the larger 4 Series Gran Coupe?
Now that the new BMW 4 Series Coupe and Convertible have debuted along with their M4 performance counterparts, BMW is preparing to unleash the next-generation 4 Series Gran Coupe. We saw a camouflaged prototype cruising the streets last month, and now cold-weather testing for BMW's Audi A5 Sportback rival has begun in Sweden. This could be our last look at the new 4 Series Gran Coupe in prototype form before the official reveal. We can clearly see the prototype is the sportier M440i model as BMW can't hide its beefier brakes, trunk spoiler, and trapezoidal exhaust tips.
The new 4 Series Gran Coupe will share the same body as the electric i4, with both models riding on BMW's CLAR modular architecture designed to accommodate gasoline, diesel, plug-in hybrid, and pure-electric powertrains.
Look closely, and you can also see the 4 Series Gran Coupe shares the same door handles as the i4, which don't feature on other 4 Series models. Since the 4 Series Coupe and Convertible have already broken cover, we already have a clear idea of what the four-door Gran Coupe version will look like. Yes, that means BMW's new controversial kidney grille will carry over, but we're hoping it will better suit the Gran Coupe's larger bodystyle.
Under the hood, the new 4 Series Gran Coupe will share the same engine options as the coupe and convertible, including a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 255 horsepower and 294 lb-ft of torque and a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six producing 382 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque.
Both powertrains are paired with an eight-speed automatic, while the M440i is only available with all-wheel drive. Our spies didn't get any photos of the interior, but the 4 Series Gran Coupe will be equipped with an 8.8-inch infotainment display as standard, which can be upgraded to a larger 10.25-inch screen.
There are also rumors that a full-fat M4 Gran Coupe will join the lineup for the first time. BMW hasn't announced when the new 4 Series Gran Coupe will debut, but there's a good chance it will be unveiled early next year.