We have known for quite some time that Bimmer’s naming system is slowly morphing to cover nearly every number from 1 through 10. It began with the 1-Series and it is moving toward the 2- and 4-Series in the very near future.
Here’s the low down on all of that. The 1-Series , once everything is said and done, will only feature sedans. The 1-Series coupe and convertible will become the 2-Series . Finally, the 3-Series will feature only sedan models and the 4-Series will feature coupes and convertibles to replace the 3-Series coupe and convertible. There, does that all make sense now?
Well, now there is a new wrinkle in the whole 4-Series lineup that will likely make your head spin, and that is the 4-Series GranCoupè. Sure, it has four-doors and many of us automatically figure that is a sedan, but BMW, Mercedes and Audi like to call sleek sedans on sporty platform coupès and who are we to argue with them?
Click past the jump to read our preliminary speculative review on the 2015 4-Seires GranCoupè and to see what we think it will look like
In recent years, we have seen some four-door coupes – as strange as that sounds – hit the U.S. market, but they are all full-size luxury cruisers. With this influx a vacancy formed in the compact realm, as there are really no compact four-door coupes in the U.S. yet. So, BMW looks to blaze the trail that everyone else has left overgrown by releasing this model and hopefully gaining a few younger buyers with families in the process.
This experiment will either be a huge success or a tragic failure. We’ll see.
Just as you would expect from any BMW GranCoupè, the 4-Series variant will look like a coupe with the back end extended just enough to fit a rear door. The rest of the car – its profile, roofline, window line, etc. – all retain the same look as the coupe.
Unfortunately, with all of the heavy camo that the model has been wearing in its testing sessions, we haven’t gotten a good look at its front end.
In the engine compartment, you can expect up to four different engines, as we anticipate two diesel engines and two gasoline engines to make their way into the GranCoupè. The 435i, which will likely feature a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo 3-liter six-cylinder engine, should be the most powerful version besides the M variant.
Typically, we wouldn’t expect to see a diesel variant in the U.S., but with the introduction of the 328d, we wouldn’t be surprised to see a 428d GranCoupè featuring the same 2.0-liter diesel engine with 180 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque in the States.
The other gasoline engine should be the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that produces 240 horsepower. The second diesel engine is really a mystery, so we’ll leave that one alone.
In the U.S., there are not many competitors for the 4-Series GranCoupè. However, we can put the 4-Series GranCoupè up against the Mercedes -Benz CLA-Class. Unfortunately, it is not as powerful as the 4 Series GranCoupè at its base level, as the CLA250 has just 208 horsepower coming from its 2.0-liter engine. However, you have to account for the fact that the CLA-Class is equally luxurious and it will work as an alternative until Audi releases something to match wits with the 4 Series GranCoupè.
gallery: Mercedes CLA-Class
From spy shots and renderings, it looks like the GranCoupè is going to set the pace for compact four-door coupes in the U.S. Once this model hits the market, we’re sure to see Mercedes, Audi and possibly Jaguar follow suite.