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Meet the new 2014 BMW 4-Series coupe

3-Series coupe replacement to be unveiled at Frankfurt Motor Show

By AutoWeek Jun 14, 2013 10:05AM

Thanks to certain European websites, BMW's 3-Series coupe replacement is out a few hours early. Here's the 2014 BMW 4-Series revealed in production form.

The 4 will take on the Audi A5 and Mercedes-Benz C-class coupe and make its public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. It will come here later this year as a 2014 model in either rear- or four-wheel drive.

The 4-Series was shown as a concept at the Detroit auto show back in January and is based on the 3-Series platform. The front and rear tracks are wider for a lower and wider look. Stylistically, the new car borrows from the latest 3-Series, especially up front where the 4's headlamps butt up against the kidney-shaped grille.


The 4-Series is about an inch longer and 2 inches wider than the 3-Series coupe. The wheelbase is up 2 inches, and the track widened 2 inches in front, 3 in the rear. Significantly, the car's widest part is across the rear wheel arches -- helping provide it with a more aggressive cab-backward stance.

The new coupe will be the basis for an upcoming 4-Series convertible, replacing the 3-Series convertible and retaining the folding hardtop. Set for North American sale in 2014, the new convertible is planned for the Los Angeles show in November. A four-door liftback called the 4-Series GranCoupe is also planned. 

The 4-Series coupe will be launched in the U.S. with a range of four- and six-cylinder inline engines, including a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas engine with 242 hp in the 428i and a turbocharged 3.0-liter six with 302 hp in the 435i.

Both engines will come standard with a six-speed manual gearbox and optional eight-speed automatic with wheel-mounted shift paddles. In BMW tradition, rear-wheel drive will be standard, though the 428i and 435i will offer optional all-wheel drive.

Fuel-saving functions including automatic stop/start, brake-energy recuperation and optimum shift indicator are standard as part of BMW's EfficientDynamics initiative.

BMW plans further engine options, though not all are planned for North America. Among them are a 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel (181 hp in the 420d), a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas engine (181 hp in the 420i) and a 3.0-liter six-cylinder diesel (254 hp in the 430d and 309 hp in the 435d). The 435d is planned to be sold only with four-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic gearbox, according to BMW sources.

The eagerly anticipated M3 successor, called M4, will top the lineup. Sources say it will be shown at next spring's Geneva show. The naturally aspirated 4.0-liter V8 is out; a twin-turbo version of BMW's classic 3.0-liter straight-six replacing it. Sources say 440 hp is the target.

The 4-Series shares the 3-Series' dash, instruments and center console. The windshield is steeper and the front seats are more contoured and set lower, so the 4-series offers a more sporty driving position.

Options are plentiful, including color head-up display, the latest-gen navigation and connectivity functions, driver assistance including pedestrian-collision warning, high-beam assistant to automatically dip the headlights and active cruise control with a stop/start function. 

The suspension has been lowered in comparison to the 3-Series, reducing both its center of gravity and roll center. Though we haven't driven it yet, BMW is already talking up the 4-Series' handling prowess, suggesting it is one of the sportiest cars in the lineup.

The BMW 428i coupe will have a $41,425 base price, and the 2014 BMW 435i coupe will start at $46,925. Both prices include destination and handling. The 428i xDrive coupe and 435i xDrive will start from $43,425 and $48,925, respectively, also including destination and handling. The cars arrive in U.S. showrooms late this summer.

-- Greg Kable


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Jun 16, 2013 5:54PM
Is it just me, or is BMW opting for more cheap plastic for its interiors? That interior looks about as elegant as a Dodge Dart, a car that costs less than half. C'mon BMW, what ever happened to using real leather and wood on the dashboard? If I'm going to be paying over $50k on a compact car (which is what one of these things will cost at the dealership when typical options are added), I expect to be surrounded by plenty of dead trees and cow skin. 
Jun 19, 2013 12:47PM
As an Ex BMW mechanic, the one thing this story is not going to tell you is that it's definitely not going to be made so that any backyard wrencher could work on it. If you can spring for the $42K price tag, just wait till you see what the upkeep is going to cost.
Jun 19, 2013 1:27PM
So....At $42,000.00 it will be worth $30,000.00 as soon as you drive it off the lot.
Jun 19, 2013 12:01PM
BMW abandoned what made them unique years ago. The best outward visibility in the business, I'm talking about from the back seat as well, handsome, straight forward controls on a no nonsense dash. A body design that truly followed the now forgotten form follows function motto. It seems BMW is the new Cadillac, a car people aspire to own to be seen in.  And the ironic thing is Cadillac is trying to be BMW!
Jun 19, 2013 2:44PM
Meet the new BMW. Same as the old BMW.
Jun 19, 2013 2:36PM

Just An Observation,


While they are all very nice cars, and whether it be a BMW, Audi, Lexus, Mercedes, Cadillac or any of the other 'marquee' automobiles, there is one overriding feature... they are all $55,000 sleds with a $25,000 hood ornament. The question then becomes, how much 'cache' does one really wish to finance for five years?


Peace to all~

Jun 19, 2013 12:17PM
plenty of people with negative comments, but we all know deep down they want one. any way you break it down BMW is just one of those cars that says class. say what you will about the lack of wood on the dash, it is a nice ride.
Jun 18, 2013 1:09AM
What an awesome car! Rear-wheel drive, a manual transmission, and only 2 doors! Plus, there isn't a huge video screen in the dash so the driver can actually focus on driving. If I had the extra disposable income, I'd seriously consider one of these.
Jun 19, 2013 1:00PM
Very, very desirable. 300+hp, RWD, 6-speed manual.....and all the comforts needed. I'll be looking at the 2-Series though; this will most likely be out of reach.
Jun 14, 2013 4:07PM
A potentially epic drive. Looks good in that red too.
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