BMW 4 Series Coupé lands in SA

BMW 4 Series Coupé turns heads as it arrives in South Africa

Reuben Van Niekerk
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BMW 4-series

The new BMW 4 Series has arrived in South Africa and it is more distinctive and sportier than ever. The overall vehicle concept behind the two-door car from its proportions and bespoke design features to the model specific chassis design, displays a rigorous commitment to a richly engaging driving experience.

The 4 Series has an aura of athleticism and exclusivity that sees it following the BMW brand’s coupé tradition, which stretches back almost 90 years.

At launch the range will consist of the BMW M440i X Drive Coupé, powered by a six-cylinder petrol engine producing 275kW, it is joined by a pair of four-cylinder petrol engines and a four-cylinder diesel.


Designed to turn heads

The appearance of the new BMW 4 Series Coupé brings both the familiar styling of BMWs sporty two-door models and the brands new design language to the fore. A small number of crisp lines and the use of clear, generously sized surfaces come together into a body design, which exudes unadulterated driving pleasure from every angle.

The striking front end of the new BMW 4 Series Coupé shines the spotlight on its standalone character. The large, vertically emphasised BMW kidney grille angles forward and extends down almost to the lower edge of the front apron, as a defining element of the front end, the grille stands confidently at its centre, with its upright kidneys connected in the centre, it reprises a design feature from the company’s past, one shared with legendary brand classics, such as the BMW 328 and BMW 3.0 CSi and adds its own modern twist. Full LED headlights are fitted as standard, while adaptive LED headlights with BMW Laserlight are available as an option.

Short overhangs, slender pillars, long doors with frameless windows, the slim window graphic and a flowing roofline accentuate its elegant appearance.


Inside story

Cleanly designed surfaces, high-quality materials and driver-focused layout of the cockpit define the premium ambience and singularly performance-centric interior design. Sports seats and a newly designed sports leather steering wheel come as standard. Model specific rear seats with integral head restraints and pronounced individual seat character have been designed to accommodate two passengers.


Under the bonnet

As well as the 275 kW straight-six engine under the bonnet of the flagship model, there is also a choice of two four-cylinder petrol units, generating output of 135kW in the new BMW 420i Coupé and 190kW in the new BMW 430i Coupé. A 140kW four-cylinder diesel engine powers the BMW 420d Coupé and BMW 420d xDrive Coupé.

All models in the 4 Series Coupé range have been fitted with an eight-speed Steptronic transmission as standard.


Designed to be driven

Optimised aerodynamic properties, increased body rigidity, a 21mm lower centre of gravity than the 3 Series and careful tweaks to the chassis geometry give the 4 Series Coupé a sporty character all of its own. The standard and M Sport suspension each incorporate specially tuned lift related bumpers and customers can also opt for adaptive M suspension with electronically controlled dampers.

The design and equipment lines are also a clear reflection of the uncompromising focus on dynamic driving pleasure. An M Sport model is available as an alternative to the standard specification, comprising features such as extra-large air intakes at the front and a prominently contoured rear apron, M sport suspension and 18-inch M light-alloy wheels.

The M Sport package Pro extends on the M Sport model further with 19-inch M light-alloy wheels, the eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission, a rear spoiler and a sporty soundtrack fed into the cabin via the Harman Kardon sound system.


A wider choice of driver assistance systems

A significantly broader selection of driver assistance systems aims to boost comfort and increase safety on long journeys. These systems include; front collision warning, Lane Departure warning and the speed limit info system as standard equipment. The optional Driving Assistant Professional adds a number of features including the Steering and Lane Control Assistant with Active Navigation, which uses navigation data to detect any necessary lane changes.


New digital services

The standard Live Cockpit Plus comprises of the iDrive control system with 8.8-inch Control Display and a Touch Controller, a black panel instrument cluster centred around a 5.1-inch colour display, multimedia and navigation systems, two USB ports and a Wi-Fi interface.

A built-in SIM card with 4G LTE connectivity and the likewise standard Connected Package Professional make it possible to use digital services such as BMW TeleServices and Intelligent Emergency Call, Real Time Traffic Information with hazard warning, Remote Services and Concierge Services. The BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant with added functions is also at the customer’s service as a standard feature in the new BMW 4 Series Coupe.


When will it be available?

Models available from launch are now on sale at BMW dealerships. The plan is then for two six-cylinder in-line diesel engines to be added to the line-up in March 2021 and the more powerful of these units will be fitted in another M model.