There have been many speculations about the future existence of the Gran Coupe version of the upcoming 4-Series, but now there’s confirmation in the form of its very first testing session. This prototype was initially thought to be a 3-Series GT, but after a closer look, it was obvious that this is indeed the future 4-Series GranCoupe - codenamed F36.
As these spy shots reveal, the lower front end is similar to the one seen in the 4-Series Coupe, while the roof line is lower and the trunk is different. The next 4-Series will feature the lowest and sleekest roofline, followed by the slightly taller F30 sedan, and then the GT.
When compared to the F30 sedan, the 4-Series Gran Coupe will get a few centimeters added to its overall length. The model will top the 3-Series/4-Series range just as the 6-Series Gran Coupe does for the 5-Series/6-Series range. Like the 6 Series Gran Coupe, the 4-Series Gran Coupe will be the flagship of the non-M series line and will be priced accordingly.
Like the 6-Series Gran Coupe, the 4-Series Gran Coupe will combine the convenience of a 4-door model (and larger rear passenger cabin) with the sleek roofline and silhouette of a coupe. Its design language and engine line-up will be shared with the upcoming 4-Series coupe.
Expect to see the new BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe launched sometime in 2013.