In a sneak preview of its thinly-veiled future, BMW took to the stage in Detroit earlier today and unveiled the bold and stylish 4 Series Coupe Concept, which is a mildl-disguised preview of the production 4 Series Coupe. The 4 Series will replace the long running 3 Series Coupe and serve as a stylish two door alternative to the more volume-oriented 3 series sedan.
Prior to the arrival of the 4 Series, the 3 Series Coupe served as BMW’s entry into the two door market and performed the task for nearly four decades. But withcurrent customer tastes turning towards design oriented two door luxury coupes, BMW needed a two door that could look stylish and luxurious while also bringing all the required performance credentials that are expected of a proper BMW road car. On that front the 4 Series Coupe Concept appears to have succeeded in this mission with bold lines and creases that mix elegance and sportiness into one bold and unique package (something that could not be said of the old 3 Series Coupe). While the concept does wear a slightly meaner bodykit and features a few other pre-production bits, expect the basic profile and styling theme to remain fully intact on the production 4 Series when it is formally unveiled at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.
The interior of the 4 Series Coupe Concept retains many of the basic themes found in the current 3 Series sedan such as that car’s steering wheel, basic control layout, and overall dimensions, but builds on them by offering a special leather interior which features supple tanned leather and braided leather inserts on the cup holders and floor mats which looked great. While the more elaborate bits of the interior will probably not see the green light for production, some aspects such as the braided leather pieces could possibly make their appearance in BMW’s Individual Collection, which aims to bring exclusivity and unique features for buyers that choose to indulge in the extensive and expensive list of items that the Collection offers.
Expect the 4 Series’ performance hardware to be nearly identical to that found in the 3 Series, with the familiar 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder and the uplevel 3.0 liter inline six present and accounted for when the 4 Series arrives in production form. Ditto the transmission offerings which will also most likely mirror the 3 Series’, and be either a 6-speed manual gearbox or BMW’s familiar and effective eight speed automatic gearbox.
Either way, the 4 Series Coupe is a promising offering and its stylish new clothes along with its slick interior appointments and world class performance manners should allow BMW to grab a good slice of the luxury two door market from its rivals when it arrives in production form in the near future.