It’s a concept but not as we know it. BMW’s Concept 4 Series Coupe is as close to a production vehicle as you’ll see - and it is due in Australia in the third quarter of next year. Beemer badly needs this car to stave off the Mercedes Benz C-Class coupe and it promises more for less in terms of features and driving dynamics.
The Four Series name reflects the change in BMW’s approach to nomenclature - much as the Six 6 Series is based on the 5 sedan. The concept is longer and wider than the 3 Series coupe it will replace, while sitting a substantial 16 mm lower to reflect its sportiness.
Front-on it looks far meaner than the 3 Series, thanks to a stretched look that extends to the traditional kidney grill and headlamps. The side view shows a dramatically raked roofline and scalloped lower doors that are the result of extensive wind tunnel testing to improve aerodynamics and cut the car’s fuel use.
L-shaped tail lights are flare outwards towards the car’s flanks to enhance its squat rear end and tie-in the character lines running down the coupe’s sides. The engine line-up is expected to follow the F30 sedan’s range and an M3 variant will appear some time after the concept debuts at next month’s Detroit Motor Show.
BMW Australia spokesman Piers Scott says the concept gives an impression of the successor to today’s 3 Series coupe. “The BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe perfectly blends the classical features of a BMW Coupe with the new design characteristics and philosophy of the BMW brand,” he says.
“The establishment of a BMW 4 Series badge is evidence of a stronger differentiation from the 3 Series range, starting with the coupe. The “4” represents greater product substance, greater presence, sportiness and intrinsic value.”
“The current generation BMW 3 Series Coupe and Convertible were the worldwide segment leaders in 2011 and we have every reason to believe their successor models will continue that success story.”