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BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe Spied Testing For The First Time


Its coupe counterpart will debut later this year

 

  • Will be based on the CLAR modular architecture.
  • It features similar design cues as its convertible and coupe siblings, like the large kidney grille.
  • Expected to carry on the 430i and M440i powertrain options.
  • It could also get a plug-in hybrid variant and the 473PS 3.0-litre twin-turbo inline-six petrol engine from the M4.
  • It is expected to debut after its coupe counterpart.

With Indians finally getting their hands on the seventh gen BMW 3-Series sedan, the Bavarian carmaker has been preparing to update the 7-year-old 4 Series, which has been spotted testing on public roads as well as the Nurburgring.  And now its four-door sibling, the 4 Series Gran Coupe, has also been spotted for the first time, testing on public roads.

At a glance, the camouflaged sedan might look oddly similar to the upcoming all-electric i4 sedan. That’s because the two will be underpinned by the same CLAR modular architecture, which allows for use of gasoline, diesel, plug-in hybrid, and electric powertrains. Despite the camouflage, the Gran Coupe features similar design cues from its convertible and coupe siblings, like the large kidney grille.

Technical details on the upcoming sedan are still under wraps, but we expect it to carry on the 430i and M440i powertrain options like its siblings, followed by the M4 of course. Interiors and other features are likely to be carried forward from the G20 3 Series. The 430i currently utilises a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder unit that delivers 248PS of power and 350Nm of torque. The more powerful 440i uses the 3.0-litre inline-six which produces 320PS and 447Nm of torque. However it is also rumored to share  the same motor as the upcoming M4 and a separate plug-in hybrid variant on the cards. The M4 will utilise a 3.0-litre twin-turbo inline-six petrol engine good for 473PS of power and will also be offered with three pedals! Expect the 4 Series Gran Coupe to be mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox.

While the big-grilled BMW Concept 4 made its official debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September, expect the next-gen 4 Series coupe to make its debut later this year. While there is no word yet on when the Gran Coupe will make its global debut, expect it to happen sometime after its coupe sibling’s debut.

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