The arrival of the new BMW 4 Series Coupe heralds the dawn of a new era for the Bavarian based prestige automotive manufacturer, and today BMW Group Australia announced the specification and pricing for the stunning new vehicle.
Representing the fourth generation of BMW's premium mid-size coupe, the new BMW 4 Series embodies the sporty nature of this segment in every aspect of its design, performance and dynamics. According to Phil Horton, managing director of BMW Group Australia, the >>4' in the model designation signals the outstanding styling and premium positioning of the new model.
>>The all-new BMW 4 Series Coupe is, quite simply, a beautiful vehicle. It's obvious from the first glance that this new coupe possesses the dynamic styling and elegant design worthy of a new BMW Series,>> he said.
>>The all-new 4 Series also represents an increase in exclusivity that is reflected in its very high level of standard equipment and innovative cutting edge technology, said Horton. The BMW 4 Series Coupe sets itself apart from its predecessor in every aspect, sporting a clearly more dynamic and muscular design language, substantial technical differentiation and a host of innovative new features.
Although displaying a distinct kinship with the BMW 3 Series, the new BMW 4 Series Coupe's more muscular and purposeful design highlights its dynamic abilities. Exterior features have been designed to highlight the vehicle's sporty pedigree, starting with a large, wide air-intake in the front apron which accentuates the vehicle's increased width. The air-intake is capped at both ends by apertures for aerodynamically motivated air-curtains which are complimented by air-breathers located just behind the front wheels. The BMW 4 Series Coupe's gently sloping roofline displays a typically elegant silhouette. Below the windows, a prominent double swage line visually reduces over the rear wheels to accentuate flared arches, which now represent the widest part of the car. Further horizontal lines combine with L-shaped tail lights to further reinforce the coupe's powerfully wide stance from the rear.
The new BMW 4 Series Coupe has grown proportionally in comparison to the out-going model. The overall length has increased by 26 mm to 4,638 mm, width has increased by 43 mm to 1,825 mm and height has decreased by 16 mm to 1,362 mm - and these dimensions all combine to enhance the vehicle's sportier credentials.
While the BMW 4 Series Coupe's chassis is based on the latest 3 Series sedan, some significant changes have been made to promise a higher level of accuracy and agility. The chassis has been significantly extended, with 50 mm added to the wheel base and substantial increases to the track width - 45 mm extra at the front and a full 80 mm at the rear.
Refinements have also been made to the suspension of the vehicle, including fine-tuning of the springs and damping, axle kinematics and elastokinematics, as well as providing additional strengthening elements in the front section of the car.
The standard equipment list of the entry level 420d Coupe includes, on top of the already mentioned automatic transmission and fuel saving technologies, a level of features more befitting a top-of-the range model.
The highest level of safety is ensured with the full suite of BMW Dynamic Stability Control systems, six airbags covering all seating positions, Active protection which initiates protective measures if an accident situation is imminent and a powerful braking system with front and rear inner vented discs. Driver awareness and visibility is well served by the standard front and rear Park Distance Control (PDC) rear view camera, Bi-Xenon headlights with auto headlight control and rain sensor, as well as an anti-dazzle interior rear view mirror.
The comfort of the occupants is guaranteed, thanks to the two-zone automatic climate control system, heat/sun protection glazing of the windows, full electric sports seats with memory function for driver and front passenger, Dakota leather upholstery and a range of versatile storage options throughout the car including 60:40 split fold rear seats and bottle holders in the front door pockets.