We already know that beginning with the next-generation 3-Series, the coupe and the convertible versions will no longer be offered as a 3-Series model. Instead, BMW will add a new model to its lineup known as the 4-Series.
We are all eagerly anticipating a production version of the 4-Series to show up soon, but BMW will start off with a little teasing, as it will first release a concept model. The 4-Series concept will make its world debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show and BMW has just released the first official details of the upcoming concept.
The new 4-Series will take its design inspiration from the 6-Series Coupe and it will offer "greater sportiness, greater exclusivity and even clearer differentiation" from the 3-Series. It will also be longer and feature a lowered roof line.
BMW offered no details on the engine lineup just yet, but the production version will be offered with the same engine lineup as the 3-Series sedan.
Update 12/7/2012: BMW has just launched a video outlining the all-new BMW 4-Series Concept with higher ups at Bimmer talking about the improvements of the new Coupe.
UPDATE 02/18/13: Leave it to BMW to leave us dumbfounded about a new promo video for the new BMW 4-Series Coupe. It’s in German, which we don’t really understand, but a quick browse through Google Translate seems to suggest that the promo video is saying the that the 4-Series Coupe is "the Ultimate Driving Machine". And who are we to disagree. Check out the video by clicking on the photo above.
Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 BMW 4-Series Coupe Concept.
The new 4-Series Coupe Concept combines design elements from both the 3-Series family with a dash of the 6-Series mixed in. Up front, you will notice the familiar BMW kidney grille in satin finish, hexagonal headlamps with LED lights and twin circular headlight. You will also notice a wide opening that hints at better cooling for the powerful engine under the hood.
When viewed from the side, the 4-Series Coupe reveals its elongated lines and expressively contoured surfaces, plus a downward-sloping roofline and sportier exterior mirrors. The concept sits on a set of 20-inch light-alloy wheels in a three-dimensional multi-spoke design.
The concept’s rear end is characterized by the same prominent horizontal lines and a rear window that offers a sportier appearance. The rear lights feature an L-shaped design and they go towards the center of the rear.
The rear bumper receives a striking trim element in satin-finish aluminum, while the two exhaust tailpipes are placed at the outer edges of the rear apron.
The interior has been designed around the driver, and BMW has combined sportiness and exclusivity in one amazing concept car. The interior combines a two-tone Black and Schiaparelli Brown trim made in tanned leather.
"BMW Individual" lettering has been embossed on the seats and door sill strips, while the seats also feature special hand-braided leather trim elements. This black trim has been combined with Natural Chestnut fine-wood trim, high-grade materials, sophisticated details and the extensive use of hand craftsmanship fills.
BMW offers no details on the concept’s engine, but the production version will be offered with the same engine lineup as the 3-Series sedan. Customers will have a choice of four engines - two petrol and two diesel versions — the most powerful version being the 435i with an output of 306 ponies.
When can I drive one?
The BMW 4-Series Coupe Concept will be unveiled at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show and a production version to arrive later in 2013.
The competition for the production version 4-Series Coupe is quite big and includes models like Audi A5, Cadillac CTS coupe or Infiniti G37 coupe. The A5 has recently received a minor facelift and received a new engine in the forma of a 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 that produces 272 horsepower. We have to admit that up to this point, the A5 is our favorite sports coupe on the market. It is very elegant, powerful and the interior offers all the luxury you need. Things may change once BMW will bring the new 4-Series on the market.
Looks quite elegant
The interior combination is awesome
No engine details so far
Still just a concept
The latest generation of the BMW 3 Series Coupe and Convertible leads the way worldwide in the premium mid-range coupe and convertible market. Indeed few, if any, rivals have made such a defining impact on this segment in terms of design, dynamics and efficiency.
Now, with the unveiling of the BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe, BMW is looking ahead to the fourth generation of its sporty mid-range coupe – and reasserting its global leadership credentials in the process.
The “4” – a sign of greater exclusivity and presence.
The BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe adds a new dimension to the qualities of the BMW 3 Series Coupe in terms of aesthetics, dynamics and elegance.
The “4” doesn’t just mark the start of a new cycle, it represents the zenith of a development curve. BMW has given the new model its own individual character and a standalone design – and, in so doing, has turned “4” into segment shorthand for aesthetic and dynamic appeal. The latest addition to a nomenclature that sees BMW building on the fine tradition of its large BMW 6 Series and BMW 8 Series Coupes, the “4” stands for greater sportiness, greater exclusivity and even clearer differentiation from the BMW 3 Series range.
The design: a development curve reaches its zenith.
The BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe allows the driver to experience the essence of this new, sporting and elegant generation of car in the lap of contemporary luxury. An array of high-quality details provide an exclusive showcase for the car’s perfectly balanced coupe proportions. Inside, the expertise of BMW Individual, skilled handcraftsmanship and carefully selected materials combine to create a supreme interior. The role of BMW Individual in the BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe’s development clearly underlines the brand’s commitment to challenging itself constantly in pursuit of perfection.
Lower and wider stance sharpens dynamics before a wheel is turned.
The dimensions of the BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe imbue the car with a dynamic presence even when it is standing still. The wheelbase (2,810 mm) is 50 millimetres longer than that of the existing 3 Series Coupe, while 45 mm has been added to the front track (1,545 mm) and 80 mm to the rear track (1,593 mm). At 1,826 mm wide, the BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe is 44 mm broader than its predecessor, its roof line is 16 mm lower (1,362 mm) and it is also longer (4,641 mm) – all of which makes for exceptionally dynamic proportions.
Perfection in proportions.
A BMW Coupe is surrounded by a halo of fascination, and one glance tells the observer all he needs to know about the driving experience on offer. The elegant lines and athletic surface interplay of the BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe embody the qualities and expertise of BMW design and shine out through its sporting silhouette. The car’s proportions also fit the familiar BMW template: its long wheelbase, long sweeping bonnet, set-back passenger compartment and short overhangs propel the BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe forwards even before its engine stirs into life. At the same time, its stretched proportions exude a very athletic elegance – the rear wheel arches mark the widest point of the car, emphasising the point – and taut lines and surfaces etch emotion and precision into the body. The Coupe’s sophisticated detailing also captures the imagination on closer inspection. Functional elements such as air intakes and vents, door openers and exterior mirrors are given a stylistic lift by classy satin-finish aluminium accents. The exceptional dedication of the designers in achieving the right look for each particular function is evident in every one of these details.