If we're judging strictly from the outside, it appears that way.
We have to admit that these spy shots of the refreshed BMW 4 Series coupe aren't all that exciting. Camouflage covers the front and rear in an effort to hide tweaked bumpers and new light designs. Other than that it looks like more of the same, at least so far. There are rumors of an updated interior and infotainment center. Of course the engine's power will be boosted, with our spies saying BMW's new three-cylinder engine, featured abroad in cars such as the entry-level 318i, could make an appearance.
However, the 318i isn't available in the US and neither will a three-cylinder 4 Series, if indeed BMW does put its baby engine into the new two-door. That means the engine to focus on is the base 2.0-liter turbo-four that currently makes 240 horsepower and 255 lb-ft of torque. For BMW, the advantage of having its "old" model on the market for a bit longer is the fact that it gets to see what the competition has done and set its benchmarks accordingly. For Mercedes that means topping the 2.0-liter turbo-four in the new C300 Coupe that makes 241 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. For Audi it means getting within striking distance of the new A5 and its top-tier 2.0-liter turbo-four making 282 horsepower.
Yes, the M4 and 435i models will pack more power but it's the entry-level 4 Series that will duke it out for the lion's share of sales. Aside from power, one of the biggest parts of the 4 Series refresh to watch will be what BMW does with the interior. The range-topping 7 Series is basically a luxury hotel room on wheels. Will some of its tech and design features float downstream into the 4 Series? We hope so, because from what it looks like on the outside, not much is new here. We know the action takes place under the metal, but BMW still needs to show customers that its new(er) car is actually new(er). The 4 Series has been selling like crazy, and we're sure the German automaker will do what it needs to nail this facelift and maintain the sales momentum.