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A prototype of the upcoming BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe has been spied in Germany, suggesting the new nameplate’s first four-door model could be eyeing a 2014 debut.

Following in the footsteps of the 6 Series Gran Coupe, the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe retains much of the original coupe’s body styling while adding a second pair of doors at the rear.

Snapped by CarAdvice’s photographers while undergoing road testing, the 4 Series Gran Coupe appears lower and sleeker than the current 3 Series GT, featuring a tighter glasshouse and a more heavily raked rear window.

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With camouflage concentrated to the rear doors, quarter panels and boot lid, we can see the protoype’s front end carries over from the 4 Series Coupe and Convertible with an identical bonnet, grille, headlights and fog lights. The spied Gran Coupe does wear a mildly tweaked front bumper, however.

The smaller BMW Gran Coupe model is expected to match its recently revealed Coupe sibling’s engine line-up, with a range of turbocharged diesel and petrol four-cylinder and turbocharged 3.0-litre six-cylinder engines offered, all partnered with the same eight-speed automatic transmission.

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Likely to debut in 2014 as a 2015 model, the 4 Series Gran Coupe could be followed later by a possible ‘M’performance variant, taking a leaf out of the BMW M6 Gran Coupe’s book.

The Gran Coupe’s two-door brethren, the BMW 4 Series Coupe, arrives locally in October, starting at $73,200.

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