2015 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe – the best 3 series?

BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

The BMW 3 Series/4 Series range has just got a little bit more complicated. The full lineup of BMW models in the two overlapping ranges now includes the BMW 3 Series Sedan, the 3 Series Touring, the 3 Series Gran Turismo, the 4 Series Coupe, the 4 Series Convertible, and now the 4 Series Gran Coupe.

It’s more than a bit confusing that BMW has decided to name the 4 Series Gran Coupe as it has, because it was only recently that they explained to the world how their new naming format would use odd numbers for four-door vehicles, and even numbers to denote two-door vehicles – well at least that’s what I took from their new naming strategy outline. Also, seeing as how the 3 Series Gran Turismo and 4 Series Gran Coupe are more or less the same vehicle – except the 4 Series somehow manages to be supremely better looking and way more desirable – why didn’t they just replace the 3 Series Gran Turismo with the new model.

I’m not complaining of course, more choice can only benefit customers, but BMW’s dilution of the 3 Series / 4 Series lineup can’t go on forever. Sometimes it’s just better to do a few things VERY well, then lots of things not quite so well.

BMW 3 and 4 series gran coupe

But anyway, getting back to the all-new 4 Series Gran Coupe. It’s longer, lower and wider than the 3 Series Sedan. It loses a little bit of space inside, mainly headroom and rear legroom, but it’s fully capable of accommodating normal-sized adults in the back. The cargo space is the same as the 3 Series Sedan, but with a hatchback rear door there’s a wider opening and odd-shaped items should be easier to load and unload.

Despite looking more like a 3 Series Sedan than anything in the 4 Series range, the 4 Series Gran Coupe features a suspension setup modeled on that of the two-door model variant.

Powering the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe is the same range of engines currently offered in the rest of the 3 and 4 Series lineup. In the US that means a 428i Gran Coupe powered by a 2.0 litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine producing 240 horsepower and 255 lb-ft of torque. The 428i Gran Coupe can hit 60 mph in just 5.7 seconds, while the top speed is an electronically limited 155 mph.

The 435i Gran Coupe is the other model on offer in the US. This is powered by a 3.0 litre, inline, six-cylinder engine which develops 300 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque. The 0-60 mph time for the 435i Gran Coupe is an impressive 4.9 seconds.

At model launch, the BMW 428i Gran Coupe can be optionally equipped with BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive technology as an alternative to classic rear-wheel drive.

BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe interior

Different drivetrains will be available in other markets. In Europe the options will include both the engines available in the US, but in addition customers will also be able to choose from a 181 horsepower 2.0 litre four-cylinder, a 141 horsepower 2.0 litre turbo diesel, and a 181 horsepower 2.0 litre turbo diesel.

Prices in the US will start at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $41,225 (including $925 destination & handling) for the 428i Gran Coupe. The 428i xDrive Gran Coupe will have an MSRP of $43,225, including destination & handling while the top-of-the-line 435i Gran Coupe will have an MSRP of $46,725, again, including destination & handling.

Those prices make the 4 Series Gran Coupes just a bit more expensive than comparativley specced 3 Series Sedans. But is the extra couple of Gs worth it? I think so.



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