The all-new BMW 4-Series has broken cover and you’ll be disappointed if you were expecting an outcome similar to that of the current 3-Series. The design direction on the new G22 series Coupé is significantly differentiated, something that BMW design chief Domagoj Dukec believes is a “brand-shaper.” It’s a design that, according to Dukec takes some cues from the original BMW kidney grille from yesteryear.

The BMW 4-Series features

Opinions are certainly divided but it’s certainly a striking design, evocative and characterful from the front drawing through a sleek coupé silhouette to a rear that is characterised by thin, darkened LED clusters that almost mimic the front headlight clusters. The front and rear bumpers and fenders are slatted with vents and openings that continue its sharp design theme. 

The new BMW 4-Series will come in various lines, including the M-Sport and M-Sport Package Pro which would include things like M-Sport 19-inch alloys, an updated sound system as well as 8-speed Steptronic sport transmission. This is in addition to the M-Performance Parts styling pack.

The interior of the new 4 is less bold but still maintains driver-focused ergonomics and comfort. The interior features new seat design, virtual assistant and all manner of command functions from voice to touch to gesture control. Sound and temperature comfort is improved too thanks to acoustic glass and a new three-zone climate control system. There is a plethora of additional options including a full suit of Driving Assistance and semi-autonomous features as well as tech niceties such as the BMW Display Key that allows you to control some auxiliary controls via the key device.

Connectivity is fully integrated into the new BMW Operating System. Expect improved navigational functionality and real-time updates as well as nifty over-the-air system updates using the car’s onboard WiFi. Driving Assistance features as well as 3D Parking Views and a surround-vehicle video recorder are now included as options.

BMW South Africa has confirmed that initial models are the M440i xDrive Coupé, the 420i Coupé and the 420d Coupé. These are expected to arrive in SA in Q4 of 2020.

The range-topping all-wheel drive BMW M440i xDrive Coupé sports a 3.0-litre, 6-cylinder petrol engine with a mild hybrid, 48V system capable of generating an additional 8 kW of power and at the same time improving efficiency. Overall power is 275 kW at 5,500 – 6,500 rpm with a strong 500Nm of torque between 1,900 and 5,000rpm. Claimed Fuel consumption is 7.1 – 6.8 l/100 km on the combined cycle.

The other petrol-powered 4-Series houses a 2.0-litre, turbocharged engine with 8-speed transmission. Power output is 135kW with max torque of 300Nm. 0 – 100km/h is a claimed 7,5 seconds.

The diesel-powered 420d puts out 140kW of power and 400Nm of torque as low as 1,750rpm. It is 0,4 seconds faster to 100km/h and comes with fuel efficiency figures of 4,2-3,9l/100km.

The world of mobility demands innovation, boldness and a smart strategic view of the future. BMW is no stranger to reinventing itself, resetting the borders of innovation and delivering exciting products to their customers. The 4-Series forms part of a bold direction. We saw this design direction it on the electric BMW i4, and we’re now witnessing it in this new G22 4-Series Coupe. You may not like it, but you’ll certainly notice it and appreciate its standout visage.

Expect to see them on Mzansi roads before Christmas.

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Author: Onlineautos