2020 BMW 4 Series Coupe unveiled with bold looks and new mild-hybrid tech

2020 BMW 4 Series Coupe unveiled with bold looks and new mild-hybrid tech

The new two-door model promises to offer improved performance and handling

BMW has unveiled its new 4 Series Coupe, which receives eye-catching styling and mild-hybrid powertrains across much of the line-up.  

Essentially a two-door version of the 3 Series, BMW is aiming to try and differentiate this new car more, with its styling being the key change. Most notable is the controversial new grille, which is larger than that typically found on BMW models, and fills the majority of the front bumper.

The new 4 Series is also much larger than its predecessor – being 13cm longer and 3cm wider, though no taller to maintain the sleek coupe styling. Full LED headlights and rear lights are fitted as standard – featuring a cool signature – with ‘LaserLight’ technology available for a non-dazzling high beam.

All diesel engines now feature 48-volt mild-hybrid technology as standard, along with the flagship M440i petrol variant.

At launch, petrol options available include the 181bhp 2.0-litre 420i, the 254bhp 3.0-litre 430i and the 369bhp M440i xDrive – this being the quickest of the lot, and it’s able to sprint to 60mph in just 4.3 seconds. Currently the only diesel version on offer is the 187bhp 2.0-litre 420d, which is available with either rear- or xDrive all-wheel-drive. Six-cylinder diesel options will join the range next year. All engines have been revised, with an increased focus on efficiency, while all come paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

BMW has also revised the chassis of the new 4 Series to make it to differentiate the way it drives to the 3 Series, with improved handling and dynamics being promised.

Also new to the 4 Series is an ‘M Sport Pro’ package – something new to BMWs, but one that will likely be rolled out across the line-up. With this, you get an extra ‘Sprint’ function for extra boosts of power, as well as enhanced brakes. Styling changes include larger 19-inch alloy wheels and additional gloss black styling.

The 4 Series uses the latest operating system, which allows for additional connectivity functions. Standard equipment includes a 10.25-inch touchscreen with a 12.3-inch digital cockpit, while BMW’s clever ‘Intelligent Personal Assistant’ voice control system is also included – it’s operated using the words ‘Hey BMW’. Apple CarPlay smartphone mirroring is also now offered foe free, while Android Auto is available for the first time.

Prices for the new 4 Series start from £39,870 for a 420i M Sport and rise to £53,875 for the M440i xDrive. It will be launched in October, with Convertible and four-door Gran Coupe versions set to follow in 2021.

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