• Mar 27, 2011
BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

We've heard a few times that BMW is working on a 3 Series Gran Turismo, but a rumor floated at Germany's Auto Motor und Sport claims the GT may instead be an all-new 4 Series. If true, BMW Blog says that a 4 Series could be offered as a four-door coupe that would help BMW compete with offerings like the A5 Sportback. The move would also enable BMW to offer a more stylish vehicle that slots well below the 6 Series in price while still demanding a premium over the 3 Series. And keep in mind that BMW has already green-lit the 6 Series Gran Coupe, which will feature two-door styling and four physical doors when it arrives in 2012.

Given that Audi has feverishly expanded its lineup the past few years, we wouldn't blame BMW for countering with a 4 Series, but this is the first we've heard of it, so we'll keep this one squarely in the rumormill category for now.

[Source: BMW Blog]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      What next a 1.5, 2.5, 3.5... Series?

      BMWs are on the right track styling wise, but their prices are insane. Go price a 1 series and see. Too rich for my blood in this coming post obama era world and for many other people as well.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Downranked just because you pulled Obama into this.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't think so. BMW considered making the current gen of 3 Series coupes the 4 series and keeping the 3 Series moniker only for the sedans (making their numbering pattern consistent with Audi and with their own conventions on the upper-scale series) but decided against it because then the most iconic M3 would have to be dubbed the M4.
        • 3 Years Ago
        And by their pattern being consistent with Audi, I mean that coupes and sedans don't share a number. I realize that BMW's convention would be offset by 1 from any Audi model (e.g. 3/5/7 Series = A4/6/8, 4/6 Series = A5/7 if they're ever built).
      • 3 Years Ago
      Better than a 3 Series GT I say.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Probably better looking, but don't count out the 3GT, yet. I have a feeling it is going to look a lot more A7 than 5GT. In other words it won't make people vommit on site, and might even get some gasps.

        As for the question BMW Blog poses (and autoblog reiterates) about the 3GT and 4GC (GranCoupe) being the same vehicle - definitely not. The 3GT will be a hatchback like the 5GT and will focus on utility while the 4GC will have a trunk like a coupe and will be basically take a 3 series coupe form factor add two more doors. The two will be very different in purpose and execution, just as the 5GT and soon-to-be produced 6 GranCoupe are.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm all for a smaller Gran Coupe, no matter what it's called!
      • 3 Years Ago
      IDK what to think of BMW anymore...



      My fav BMW's are the 2000 M5, 2003 M3 and the 2006 X5 4.8is. Since then and until now no BMW has caught my eye since.
      • 3 Years Ago
      So the 4 series would fit between the 3 series and the 5 series? :-) The 3 is a little too small for my taste (owned the 335i) and the 5 is just a little too big so this should be a nice addition.
      • 3 Years Ago
      If its as ugly as the 5-series GT, I'd be glad to have it not called a 3-series.
      • 3 Years Ago
      A price premium over an existing price premium? Youch.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It looks like we won't see pure ultimate driving machines from BMW anymore. Marketing's a bitch.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I guess the "odd=4d, even=2d" convention has been repeatedly ignored anyway, so what the heck. The first 3-Series was actually a 2-door anyway (and the E30s were subsequently 2, 4, or 5), so perhaps it was never a legitimate pattern to begin with. Still, I think it would make sense for coupes to be even numbers and 4/5-doors odds.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hey BMW, while you're at it, how about a 2 series with a bunch of "sportback" versions of the 1 series?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Excellent.. now can we have our smaller and lighter 3 series back, please?
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