From here on out, anything with two doors in the BMW lineup will have an even-numbered designation, meaning that the 3 Series Coupe will now become the 4 Series. The big exception to this rule, of course, is BMW's new-found passion for the four-door coupe. The 6 Series Gran Coupe made its debut this year, but next year a smaller version of this design is on its way to the U.S. courtesy of the all-new 4 Series Gran Coupe.

Although this prototype looks very similar to the upcoming 3 Series GT hatchback, the sleeker roofline and lower and longer decklid are clues to the fact that this is the 4GC, but it still keeps the long hood that has become a key element of the 2012 3 Series sedan (F30). Our spy photographers also said that this 4 Series Gran Coupe appeared to be a little bit longer than a standard F30 sedan.

No official word on powertrains for the 4 Series Gran Coupe, but it should carry over the same engines as the current 3 Series sedan. That means we can expect 428i Gran Coupe and 435i Gran Coupe names with BMW's xDrive all-wheel-drive system likely folding into the mix, as well.

In addition to this model, we've already spotted the BMW 4 Series a few times this year in coupe form as well as convertible both with the retractable hard top up and down.


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      Dave
      • 2 Years Ago
      Let me see if I've got this straight; If it has 4 doors its an odd number. If it has 2 doors its an even number. but if it has 4 doors and an unattractive back end it goes back to even numbers. If it is a performance car it is an M, but if its only a sport version it is also an M, but not quite as M as a real M. Maybe I'll just get an Audi.
      Fazzster
      • 2 Years Ago
      It is really getting silly....328i now has a 2.0T 4 cylinder but they are not calling it a 320i to add even more confusion to the product line up. Then there is "X-Drive"! What!!! Looks like their marketing has gotten fat and bloated like their cars.
        May
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Fazzster
        Because there is 320i. It has the same engine with 184hp.
      wooootles
      • 2 Years Ago
      More like: If it's a sedan it's an odd number If it's a coupe it's an even number The Germans believe in a thing called a 'four door coupe' So a 4-series "Gran Coupe" fits their twisted nomenclature quite well.
      Eta Carinae
      • 2 Years Ago
      this is retarded....bmw needs to sit in a corner with its dunce cap on
      brgtlm
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm sorry but calling four door sedans a coupe is ridiculous. I hate this new BMW naming confusion. What is next? 0 Series, 3.5 Series? This proliferation of BMWs is getting ridiculous and people keep buying them on prestige alone to further embolden the company.
        aatbloke1967
        • 2 Years Ago
        @brgtlm
        Technically, a coupe has nothing to do with the number of doors - that's simply a by product of the genre over the years. The important facet is a raked rear roofline and a shorter wheelbase compared with a saloon.
        Carbon Fibre
        • 2 Years Ago
        @brgtlm
        I agree, very stupid naming scheme. But careful with the "prestige" thing, they have quality vehicles proven to last (at least the previous gens) and they are NOT Apple, weeding out cash and calling it a day.
      rmkensington
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is really really stupid, and Im a bit of a BMW fanboy. I dont see any reason for needing more than 5 numbered cars and 3 suvs. Grand Coupe is another word for FAT and overweight.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @rmkensington
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      jonnybimmer
      • 2 Years Ago
      All this nonsense... and still refuse to bring back the 8.
      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      More stupidity. 4 doors...sedan 2 doors...coupe
        Carbon Fibre
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        Exactly. Nothing like EXX (2 or 4 doors). It started it with renaming a whole new platform code by a difference of doors like E90 91 92 etccc.. Stupid. Why not E90, THEN 2 or 4, coupe or conv or wagon... uuuuugh.
      Vince
      • 2 Years Ago
      I bet it will have a huge trunk opening, they will need one to to fit "4 Series Gran Coupe Xdrive35i" across the back of this thing.
      Frisky_Dingo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Waaaayyyy too many models. This hatchback and 4 door coupe version of everything is getting out of hand.
      johnvanos
      • 2 Years Ago
      6 series Grand Poop should have been the new 5 series but BMW being the greedy bastards decided to price it $20,000 over & the BMW fanboys will gladly pay, even though you can get a V8 CLS for $10,000 less & embarrass every 6 cylinder Grand Poop idiot. This 4 Grand Poop will be close $50,000 for a stripped car & M4 money for a nicely loaded version.
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