Like it or not, the majority of BMW 3 Series variants are on their way out, and the 4 Series models are hotly embroiled in the testing needed to replace them. We've now driven the basic 4 Series, seen spy photographs of the 4 Series Convertible and both versions of the M4 and today we get a better-than-ever look at the 4 Series Gran Coupe.

And, mostly dependent on your personal disposition towards four-dour coupes, that look should be a pleasant thing. The long, swooping Gran Coupe may be roughly similar in size to the related 3 Series GT, but it has been sculpted with beauty in mind rather than crossover function. We expect that those details still hidden by the body cladding here, mostly front and rear, can be filled in by simply remembering what the standard 4 Series looks like and squinting your eyes a bit. Subtlety is thy name, BMW variants.

As for the mechanicals, well, we expect to have the very same greasy bits under the hood and beneath the car that are found in the 4 Series lineup, too.

Look for the 4 Series Gran Coupe to be revealed in earnest in 2014, and for the thing to arrive in showrooms soon after as a 2015 model.


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      berto
      • 1 Year Ago
      So dumb. So... 3 series is for cars with four doors. 4 series is for cars with two doors.* *except for some cars with four doors.
        Dfelix70
        • 1 Year Ago
        @berto
        Yes, it's gotten ridiculous. All odd-numbered series get sedans, wagons (in some markets), GT, and SAV. All even-numbered series get coupe, gran coupe, SAV coupe, convertible. Obviously, the exceptions are the "specialty" cars, i.e., Z4.
      Matt
      • 1 Year Ago
      Want your BMW to be a wagon with a stick or a nimble sports sedan? Sorry, you're out of luck. Want 17 different rear ends on a bloated pig with a slushbox? BMW has you covered!
      artandcolour2010
      • 1 Year Ago
      too many split niche models. Who's the audience for this? Time was if you wanted something a bit "more" than the 3 sedan you bought a 5. They're out of control.
      Jake
      • 1 Year Ago
      Now BMW is just f'ing with us.
      vi_per
      • 1 Year Ago
      As a previous happy owner of a BMW, I have to say I have lost all respect for the brand.
        RetrogradE
        • 1 Year Ago
        @vi_per
        Let's not write off the entire brand. . . I still love my R1200GS Adventure.
      RetrogradE
      • 1 Year Ago
      BMW is in existential crisis.
      Feurig
      • 1 Year Ago
      WTF. This is ridiculous. It's clearly a swoopier 3-series. Why even make this car... or why make the 3-series?
      RGT881
      • 1 Year Ago
      4-door based on 2-door which is based on a 4-door.
        PrintError
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RGT881
        It's a white man, playing a black man, playing a white man, playing a black man. Simple.
      PatrickH
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks....like a 3 series sedan.
      denniskfc
      • 1 Year Ago
      BMW, where's my 8 seaters X6 with 400hp/800torque supercharged turboed diesel plugged in hybrid? there's still more niche market you haven't try yet
      Tom Bryan
      • 1 Year Ago
      At least the 6 Series GranCoupe makes a LITTLE bit of sense... this is literally pointless.
      jf.bouchard
      • 1 Year Ago
      So there will be 2 versions of the 3 series sedan we've known for years? One regular boxy sedan, and another slightly lower, coupe version? How can BMW afford this redundancy?!
        npier598
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jf.bouchard
        Have you seen what BMWs go for these days? I'm not talking base price (even as ridiculous as those are) but with just some of the more "basic" options (metallic paint, leather, push button start, etc.) you can easily tack on another 20%. Insane money.
        axiomatik
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jf.bouchard
        3 versions. There is the regular 3-series sedan, the 3-series Gran Turismo (GT), and the 4-series Gran Coupe. All 4-door, non-wagon versions of the same car.
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