Earlier this year, there were rumours of BMW’s plan to release a new series lineup to rival the Audi A5 Sportback. Dubbed the 4 Series, it will have several body types, a coupe, a convertible and a four door sedan with a coupe-like roof. Recently, pictures of BMW testing the car have surfaced and this confirms that the rumours are pretty true.
Basically the 4 Series is BMW’s way of telling the world that they can produce a full size coupe or a four door coupe, whichever it is. The two door coupe you see here will be the first to wear the 4 Series badge when it is released in two to three years time. While a convertible and a four door 'Grancoupe' will follow soon. The four-door Grancoupe is said to rival the Mercedes CLS.
Even though the car in these pictures is heavily camouflaged, it is evident that the wider grille and low front end resembles the concept car BMW released in early 2010 (Pictured below). The low front end and tapered rear gives the car a sleek and sporty look, much like a liftback coupe.
The new 4 Series could get the new TwinPower turbocharged engines from the 3 Series, available from 2.0 to 3.0-litres. The cars will also get BMW's EfficientDynamics technology and will get either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic.
The sedan version will be available from 2013 onwards while the coupe and cabriolet will follow six months later and these two may get the M badge. The 4 Series is likely to get more equipment and personalised interior trimming than the base 3 Series model. This will make it pricier than its sibling models.
Photo credit: autoexpress and bmwblog
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