It’s not a surprise. BMW have been saying it for a while. The 3 Series family will no longer include a coupe model. But before anyone starts weeping into their keyboard, the all-new 4 Series Coupe is essentially the latest iteration of the 3 Series Coupe.
The swanky new BMW 4 Series Coupe Concept which the company unveiled yesterday is the pre-production preview of the new car. And although it’s labeled as a concept. It’s 99 per cent ready for the showroom.
Acknowldging the strong connection between the 3 Series family and the new 4 Series Coupe, BMW have chosen not to shake up the design too much. In fact from the front wheels forward the cars are virtually identical. As you’d expect, the sportier 4 Series gets a few design tweaks designed to beef up its appearance. This is apparent in the larger air intakes up front, lower stance, and additional vents behind the front wheels.
The 4 Series Coupe is longer, lower and wider than the previous 3 Series Coupe. But the svelte bodywork does a good job of hiding the increased size. In profile the roofline has a very Audi A5-ish feel to it. But that’s no bad thing and in general the design is pretty sweet. That face might take a bit of getting used to though, as the merging of the grille with the headlights has always been a bit of a polarizing feature.
BMW haven’t revealed too many details on the 4 Series Coupe yet, including what drivetrain options will be on offer. No doubt they’re keeping some secrets to themselves in the run up to the car’s unveiling at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show in January.