It's been a while since we've seen the upcoming BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe out testing, but we're sort of inclined to ask "Why?" yet again. After all, the 4 Series is what the new 3 Series-based coupes and convertibles will be called, so the idea of another four-door version just sort of seems redundant. In other words, just how different will a 4 Series Gran Coupe be from a 3 Series sedan, aside from perhaps a more rakish roofline or a four-passenger seating configuration? Probably not much, but BMW clearly thinks it can use the additional bodystyle to rake in some extra profits.

Anyway, back to these spy shots. No more of the 4GC's skin has been revealed since the last time we saw it, but we fully expect it to share a lot of its design DNA with the 3 Series sedan, not to mention the attractive 4 Series coupe concept that bowed at this year's Detroit Auto Show.

Powertrain options should carry over direct from the 3 Series line, so we expect to see 428i and 435i models on hand, packing turbocharged four- and six-cylinder engines, respectively. We're sure that BMW's xDrive all-wheel drive will be available, and who knows, we could even get a 428d version with the new 2.0-liter turbodiesel four that debuted in the 328d at the New York Auto Show last week, or even an M4 variant.

The 4 Series coupe is expected to launch later this year, so expect to see the 4CG shortly thereafter.


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      Shiftright
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'll wait for the X4 Grand Coupe Sports Activity City Pickup
        Greg
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Shiftright
        I'm waiting for the BMW M2 Gran Coupe.
      Richard
      • 1 Year Ago
      and for an extra 5 grand you can get a 4 series with an extra high roof (same height as the 3 series). Eurozone posts record high unemployment; just keep finding gimmicks to raise prices: http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2013/apr/02/eurozone-unemployment-record-high
      Scott Cole
      • 1 Year Ago
      Its a NOT a coupe if it has FOUR doors! Geeez I wish the Euros would stop this four door coupe crap already
        Greg
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Scott Cole
        The sharp sloping roofline lets them call it a 4 door coupe for some reason. The BMW X6 is the worst thought with its 4 door "SAV" coupe idea.
          Rich
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Greg
          Besides the "M" X5 and X6? I think those take the cake.
      Steve
      • 1 Year Ago
      While they're at it, they should make minivans, pickup trucks, 18 wheelers, light trucks, aircrafts, spaceships, and UFOs, too.
        Greg
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Steve
        What would a BMW pickup truck look like? That would be interesting...
      akitadog
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yet another pointless BMW vehicle. A sedan based on a coupe based on a sedan, which will share the same platform. BMW continues to cannibalize itself with this idiotic overlap. The more variations they come up with, the fewer of each they'll sell... I mean, rent out.
      Rodney
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hmmm, where could I get a Triumph GT6?
      Jason Krumvieda
      • 1 Year Ago
      http://mikeytherhino.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/deptdept.gif
      EDUB
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think this is pointless, BMW is a great company so most likely it'll look good, but I feel like they are creating overlap throughout their lineup.
        Rich
        • 1 Year Ago
        @EDUB
        This is how they are "beating" Audi. They're creating a slew of new 'market segments'...
      FIDTRO
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is absolutely ridiculous...
      canuckcharlie
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is new trend is pissing me off...
      The Wasp
      • 1 Year Ago
      Enough already, BMW. Just stop.
        SethG
        • 1 Year Ago
        @The Wasp
        I've posted this before here's what's going on. For a variety of reasons, developing a new car platform has become insanely expensive. But, at the same time, CAD/CAM and flexible manufacturing have made it relatively cheap to roll out "new" variants on existing platforms. Some manufacturers don't seem to be able to help themselves. You will see cars like the Encore or Cross Cabriolet or Crosstour because it doesn't cost all that much to develop them. But BMW is by far the worst offender. Acura shows up with something like the ZDX, if fails, and they kill it. BMW shows up with the 5 Series GT, it fails and they show up with the 3 Series GT. They just can't stop.
      Shaik Imaduddin
      • 1 Year Ago
      They just made this to have a CLA competitor. But makes sense.
        1STH
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Shaik Imaduddin
        this is not a CLA competitor....this will be priced MUCH higher than that...likely in the $50k+ category starting.
        zizixx89
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Shaik Imaduddin
        They made a competitor to nothing
          Ryan
          • 1 Year Ago
          @zizixx89
          That's what they said when mercedes launched the CLS. BMW is hoping to be first this time. And the guy above is correct. There will be a 2 series gran coupe that will compete with the CLA...
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