First Look: 2015 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

By | February 01, 2014
With all the changes in BMW's lineup, from new engines to new model lines, it can be hard to pin down the distinct characteristics of each model. Still, BMW is carefully evolving its lineup to serve a variety of driving and aesthetic needs. The all-new 4 Series is one of these changes and features a distinct design from its 3 Series predecessor. Now that BMW has released the 4 Series two-door coupe, it is providing full details on the four-door version.

What's New

Essentially, the 2015 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe provides the spaciousness and convenience of four-doors without sacrificing the racy styling drivers love in a coupe. This new model offers a longer roofline and more headroom than the two-door, giving it more interior comfort. In a sleek package, the Gran Coupe manages to offer enough space for four luggage bags without folding down the seats.
Available on the 4 Series Gran Coupe are features such as head-up display, next-generation navigation with 3D maps, gesture control for opening the tailgate, driver assists, and real time traffic info. Prices for the 4 Series Gran Coupe start at $41,225, including destination and handling, for the base model. Adding all-wheel drive adds $2,000 to this price. Opting for the 435i brings the costs to $46,725.

Engine and Drivetrain

The 2015 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe features the same powertrain options as the regular coupe. A 2.0-liter turbocharged four-banger produces 240 horsepower on the base 428i Gran Coupe. Meanwhile, a 3.0-liter inline-six on the 435i pumps out 300 horsepower, allowing the car to reach 60 mph from a standstill in 4.9 seconds. Both engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive will be available as an option right at launch. To maximize performance, buyers can opt for variable sport steering or an M Sport package, which makes available a revised suspension and sport brakes.
All 4 Series Gran Coupe models feature auto stop/start function. It also features a lightweight construction, including aluminum components in the engine and suspension. These features help the model achieve expected fuel economy of 23/35 mpg city/highway, on par with the two-door model.

Our Thoughts

In some ways, the 4 Series Gran Coupe is a niche within a niche. A lot of buyers may prefer to opt for the less expensive 3 Series sedan instead of this model. Opting for the Gran Coupe does provide some exclusivity, however. Not to mention a bit of added comfort. For what it is, we are sure the 4 Series Gran Coupe will fit in nicely with the rest of the model lineup.