With the original BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé having enjoyed significant success, a second-generation model has now been added to the latest 4 Series range. Following the BMW brand’s new design language, the interiors are plusher, the dynamics are sharper, and the grille, well that’s grown bigger.
The slim full-LED headlights come with U-shaped fibre-optic light guides for the daytime driving lights. Precise lines, doors with frameless windows and flush-fitting handles, and powerful shoulders shape the elegantly sporty silhouette of this sports coupe, lending it an elegant yet sporty look.
Dimensionally, the 4 Series Gran Coupe is 143 mm longer, 27 mm wider and 53 mm taller than its predecessor, while the track widths have also grown – 50mm at the front (+50 mm) and 29mm at the rear. The wheelbase of 2,856 millimetres is 46 millimetres longer than the predecessor’s and 5 millimetres more than the figure for the 3 Series Sedan.
On the inside, the centre console and flowing structures generate a cocooning feel in the front seats. There’s an 8.8-inch infotainment display and a 5.1-inch colour display in the instrument cluster. With smartphone integration fitted as standard, customers can use Apple CarPlay and Android Auto via the car’s operating system. Being a BMW, we can expect the 4 Series Gran Coupe to handle very well. It boasts of a perfect 50/50 weight distribution, and M-fettled suspension is fitted as standard. Beefier brakes and the M Sport electronically-controlled differential are optional, as is adaptive suspension.
Host of engine options to choose from, and some can be had with a 48V mild hybrid technology. At the cheaper end of the scale you’ve got the 2.0-litre petrol 420i and 430i. Then there’s the 2.0-litre diesel 420d, which gets optional ‘xDrive’ all-wheel drive. Top of the tree for now is the six-cylinder petrol M440i xDrive, which does 0-100kmph in sub-five seconds. All the engines team up with an eight-speed Steptronic transmission as standard. Meanwhile, the optional eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission (standard in the BMW M440i xDrive Gran Coupé) complements its sharper shift dynamics and shift paddles on the steering wheel with a Sprint function.
BMW hasn’t confirmed the 4 GC’s availability in India, but in-line with their offensive product strategy to challenge other luxury manufacturer’s sale figures, the most prominent being Mercedes-Benz. The question is, will that big grille be accepted when it comes to India?