They’re calling it a concept car but you can bet the glorious new BMW 4 Series Coupe will appear as a production car in 2013 – possibly at the Geneva Motor Show or more likely later in the year at Frankfurt.
BMW says the new nomenclature separates the ‘4’ from the 3 Series range and imbues the all-new model with exclusivity and sportiness.
The changes are obvious from the get-go – the BMW 4 Series coupe is longer, wider and lower than the 3 Series. The wheelbase (2810mm) is 50mm longer, front track is 45mm wider (1545mm), rear track is 80mm wider (1593mm), the roofline is 16mm lower (1362mm), width is up 44mm to 1826mm and the overall length is up to 4641mm.
And while the usual BMW styling genre is there – long wheelbase, long bonnet, set-back passenger compartment and short overhangs – the all-new 4 Series is taut, athletic and supremely elegant.
The front-end displays the usual BMW combination of kidney grille and four round headlights – in fact it’s distinctly 3 Series – but with more complexity to the look thanks to dark tones, a closed-off grille for enhanced aerodynamics, and large air-intake and splitter plus slim-line hexagonal headlights.
Profile is highlighted by front fender ducts, 20-inch alloy wheels and a slender glasshouse.
And at the rear, the BMW 4 Series Coupe highlights its concept car status with a stain-finish aluminium bumper (unlikely for production). Otherwise the distinctive L-shaped lights and three-element diffuser continue to sporty theme.
Inside is the usual BMW high-standard look with the rear cleverly shaped to look like two individual seats (another item unlikely for production). We do hope the elegant two-tone ‘Black and Schiaparelli Brown’ leather trim makes it to production – and the ‘Natural Chestnut’ timber trim.
Look for the BMW 4 Series Coupe to be rolled out in production form during 2013.