Things are getting a little out of hand nowadays with BMW’s new line up. Earlier, the two-door BMW 3 Series has been axed and replaced by the all-new BMW 4 Series coupe. Now, BMW added more doors onto the 4 Series and call it the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe. A four-door 4 Series, shouldn’t that be a 3 Series? Confused? Well, if you think of it as a rival to the Audi A5 Sportback, it makes perfect sense all of a sudden.
The 2015 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe isn’t exactly a 3 Series, it is longer, wider, sportier and a better version of the midsize sedan. It is a result of combining the sleek profile of a two-door coupe and the practicality of a four-door sedan. Its length and width are identical to the 4 Series coupe, except for the extra doors, 12mm higher and 112mm longer roof giving more space to rear passengers. The Gran Coupe comes with a automatic tailgate like Ford Kuga’s. You open the boot by waving your foot under the rear bumper.
BMW offers five engine options with four-cylinder and six cylinder petrol engines, and four-cylinder diesel engines. The top range model BMW 435i Gran Coupe has a six-cylinder in-line 3.0-liter petrol engine producing 306 hp. Next comes the 245 hp 428i and the entry level 184 hp 420i.
As for the diesel variants, there are the 143 hp 418d and the 184 hp 420d. All models runs on the standard rear-wheel drive. The 420d however comes with the option of 4WD xDrive. All engines feature a six-speed manual as standard, but you can opt for an eight-speed automatic.
The new 4 Series Gran Coupe will go on sale in the UK on June 21 and will be available in five trim levels; SE, Sport, Modern, Luxury and M Sport. Despite with the extra doors, the price for the Gran Coupe is said to be similar with the Coupe’s.