The All-new BMW 4 Series-Launched
In 2013, BMW launched the original 4-Series. The F32-generation was launched to replace the 3-Series Coupe, which has been around since the late 1980s. The 4-Series was part of BMW’s change in its nomenclature, where odd numbers (1, 3, 5, 7) now represent more traditional, practical sedans and SUV’s, and the even numbers (2, 4, 6, 8) represent the more sporty variants, either an SUV, Coupe, GT, Gran-Coupe or Convertible variants. After months of leaks and teasers, the new 4-Series has finally seen the light of day. The new G22 generation features a more polarising design than its predecessor, to help distinguish it further from its 3-Series sibling.
The 4-Series feature a lightened, stiffened, and lower chassis borrowed from its stablemate, the 3-Series. On the outside though, you would not be able to tell. The 4-Series’ front end features a gargantuan interpretation of BMW’s signature kidney grilles. BMW’s design team drew inspiration from BMW’s earlier models, such as the 328 from the 1930s. The kidney grilles now stretch from just above the headlight line to deep into the lower bumper and are connected, as we have seen in recent BMW models. The grille will house the necessary sensors and radars in higher-spec models for driver assistance features such as lane keep assist and active cruise control
At the rear, the 4-Series arguably looks its best. Its tail lamps are similar to those of the 8 series, stretching across the rear with a boomerang-shaped LED effect for the daytime running lights. The tailgate features a small lip spoiler, which adds to the sporty nature of the 4-Series. The rear bumper features vertical air vents which flank the diffuser, giving an aggressive, purposeful look. On the M440i, which BMW used for the launch, trapezoidal dual exhaust feature in the diffuser. Lower models in the line-up will feature round dual exhausts, as we have become familiar with.
On the inside, the 4-Series’ interior is far less controversial than its exterior. BMW has been knocking it out of the park with its interiors recently. The materials used are premium. Everything feels solid, and as though it is built to last far beyond the warranty’s expiration. The steering wheel, borrowed from the 3-Series (as is the rest of the interior, honestly), is chunky and will likely feel good to hold. It features buttons which control the gauge cluster, and media interface, as well as driver assistance, features such s cruise control. Speaking of the gauge cluster, it is a digital display like that of the 3-Series. It features a digital speedometer and rev-counter (which runs anti-clockwise, like older Astons). In between that, you can have navigation and media displayed, as well as various other things such as vehicle data.
The infotainment screen, which houses BMWs latest iteration of iDrive. It can now be controlled as a touchscreen, or with the iDrive controller. It features gesture control as an optional extra. The iDrive comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It comes with integrated Satellite Navigation and various other controls for the in-car media and settings, such as the ambient lighting. If you opt-in BMW’s ConnectedDrive, the 4-Series will be able to provide you with news and traffic updates as and when you need them.
Powering the 4-Series will be a multitude of engines. In South Africa, we will be getting the 420i, 420d and the M440i. The most interesting motor though is the M440i, which for now is the top of the range model. It’s powered by BMW’s B58 inline-six and produces 285kW and 500NM of torque. That is enough to launch the M440i from 0-100 kph in 4.4 seconds.
Pricing (Standard / M Sport)
BMW 420i – R755,400 / R800,800
BMW 420d – R802,900 / R848,300
BMW M440i – R1,117,450