The 2014 BMW 4 Series Coupe is that the renamed, redesigned replacement for today’s “E90” 3-Series 2-door automobile and hardtop-convertible. tho’ it follows identical formula of being a sportier attack the 3-Series sedan–the latest “F30” version, new the U.S. for 2012–the four Series will embrace a sleek 4-door grandmother automobile, BMW’s initial such premium-compact automotive. superior M4 models ar expected 12-18 months when thought offerings begin sale.
Though we have a tendency to can’t be precise concerning U.S. timing, European reports purpose to four Series coupes reaching dealers here toward the tip of calendar ’13 as 2014 entries. Convertibles would follow concerning six months later, seemingly as early 2015s. a brand new F30-based M3 sedan ought to arrive stateside in late ’13 or early ’14; equivalent M4s ar due by early 2015. A long-rumored 3-Series GT 4-door hatchback is additionally on BMW’s 2013 agenda, tho’ that one might not return to America, due to lukewarm demand for the larger 5-Series GT–and a unpunctual call to continue a U.S.-market 3-Series wagon for 2013 in new F30 type.
The 2014 BMW 4 Series continues a product strategy during which the world’s top-selling premium motor vehicle whole can designate sportier body designs with even numbers to line them clearly excluding the odd-numbered sedans and wagons. This theme is already used for the 6-Series/5-Series siblings moreover because the X5 and X6 SUVs. It conjointly answers similar naming strategies at rival brands like Audi, whose A4-based A5 automobile and convertible ar four Series analogs. however quite simply adding “new” model lines, “the call to present|to convey|to grant|to relinquish} [its sportier cars] their own distinctive positioning can allow BMW [to charge additional for them],” observes Britain’s Autocar magazine. tho’ we have a tendency to don’t understand if associate “8-Series” is being planned to partner to the big 7-Series sedans, we have a tendency to do understand that the 2-Series badge can seem on the redesigned versions of the tiny 1-Series automobile and convertible that ought to land within the U.S. toward the tip of calendar 2013.
Like the cars they replace, the 2014 BMW f Series models borrow abundant from their parent sedan. meaning a rather larger overall package with additional interior house, wider axles for more-stable handling, associated accessorial commonplace options like an engine stop/start system and BMW’s Driving Dynamics management that permits adjusting powertrain and suspension parameters. The four Series ought to conjointly provide most all identical choices because the new-gen 3-Series, as well as a selection of Luxury Line, trendy Line, and Sport Line trim, and hands-free parallel-parking assist and safety options like blind-spot alert, lane-departure warning, and a surround-view camera system.
The 2014 BMW 4 Series Coupe 2-door automobile and convertible ought to once more be a little shorter and not up to the new 3-Series sedan and span a rather trimmer distance, however can naturally share its new lower-body styling and modernised interior decoration. As ever, the dimensional variations offer the 2-doors more-rakish proportions, abetted by frameless facet glass and specific roof lines. The convertible continues with a folding hard-top. BMW is claimed to own thought-about reverting to a standard fabric roof, however is keeping the metal lid at the urging of U.S. dealers. The forthcoming four Series grandmother automobile is anticipated to jibe the elegant, like-named 4-door that joined the 6-Series line for 2013. It, too, ought to seat four solely despite being designed on a four.3-inch longer distance, a span developed for the China-market L-model 3-Series sedans declared at the Apr 2012 capital of Red China motor vehicle Show.
We expect the U.S.-market four Series will provide identical power teams as 2012-model 3-Series sedans. meaning a 428i pair with BMW’s new two40-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and 435i versions with a 300-horsepower single-turbo inline 6-cylinder. like F30 sedans, transmissions can comprise commonplace 6-speed manual and ex gratia 8-speed automatic. BMW’s all-wheel xDrive can eventually come as associate choice to rear drive. See following section for details on the M performance models.
Other seemingly four Series particulars embrace specific calibration for the F30 sedan’s front-strut/multilink-rear suspension on the market adaptative suspension with driver-adjustable shock absorbers the expected 4-wheel ABS disc brakes with integrated stability system and traction control; and ex gratia variable steering that “speeds up” once the wheel is turned from center for more-responsive cornering behavior. Run-flat tires ought to be commonplace for 2-doors in 17- and 18-inch sizes, with 19s on the market.