The BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe is the latest addition to the all-new model’s line-up, combining a set of rear doors and a hatchback rear end with its two-door sibling’s sleek lines.

Inspired by the larger 6 Series Gran Coupe, and a rival for the Audi A5 Sportback, the five-seat four-door 4 Series will follow on from the 4 Series Coupe and Convertible when it arrives on local shores in June.

Measuring 4638mm long, 1825mm wide and riding on a 2810mm wheelbase, the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe shares identical dimensions to the two-door – both also feature a 1545mm front and 1594mm rear track.

The figures make BMW’s smallest Gran Coupe 14mm longer and wider than the 3 Series sedan, though at 1389mm, its height is 40mm less than the 3 Series and 12mm more than the 4 Series Coupe. BMW says the extra height results in more interior headroom and comfort.

Accessible via a hatchback-style boot lid, the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe offers 480 litres of boot capacity – up 35L on the Coupe and matching the 3 Series sedan – with 40:20:40 split-fold seat backs increasing maximum volume to 1300L.

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Coming as standard with an automatic opening and closing boot mechanism, a ‘Smart Opener’ feature can be ordered allowing the hatch to opened and closed by moving a foot under the rear bumper.

The 4 Series Gran Coupe carries over the current 3 and 4 Series engines and includes the petrol-powered 225kW/400Nm 435i, 180kW/350Nm 428i and 135kW/270Nm 420i. Diesel units include the 135kW/380Nm 420d and 105kW/320Nm 418d, delivering claimed fuel consumption bests of 4.7 and 4.5 litres per 100km respectively.

A six-speed manual transmission is again standard, with all engines able to be teamed with an optional eight-speed Steptronic or eight-speed sport Steptronic transmission. All transmissions feature automatic stop-start, with the sport Steptronic gearbox offering ‘Normal’ and ‘Sport’ driving modes.

Weighing up to 60kg more than Coupe, the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe range comes with some increases in performance and efficiency figures compared with its two-door kin.

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The flagship 435i Gran Coupe claims 8.1L/100km, 189 grams of CO2 per kilometre and a 0-100km/h of 5.5sec (manual) and 5.2sec (auto) – up 0.2L/100km, 4g/km and 0.1 second.

Claiming 6.6L/100km, 154g/km and a 6.1-sec 0-100km/h, the 428i Gran Coupe matches the regular Coupe, while the 420i claims 6.4L/100km, 149g/km and a 0-100km/h of 7.5sec (7.6 auto).

From its European launch, BMW will optionally offer the 428i and 420d Gran Coupes with its xDrive all-wheel-drive technology before later releasing a 230kW/630Nm 435d xDrive variant and a 190kW/560Nm 430d Gran Coupe. The German car maker will also make xDrive optionally available on 435i and 420i Gran Coupes later in 2014.

Set to make its public debut at next month’s Geneva motor show, the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe is due to arrive on local shores in June/July with a range largely expected to mirror the Coupe and pricing tipped to sit between the two-door, which starts at $69,500, and the $88,800 drop-top due in March.

Australian pricing and specifications will be detailed closer to launch.

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  • Exar Kun

    Needless niche products comments aside, I reckon this looks fantastic. A shame there won’t be an M version going by reports.

    • Josh K

      It looks good. Not much different from a 3er tho especially in the front 3/4 view. If this was the compact-exec BMW wanted us to buy why didn’t they make this the 3 series instead of making us pay a ¬$10k premium for it?

      10K+ for a sedan which is based on a coupe, which is a based on a sedan.

      • freddy

        a sedan which is actually a hatchback

  • nugsdad

    3 series = 4 door, 4 Series = 2 door except for ………….. confused

    • Dan

      The difference is in the boot lid. Instead of opening like a sedan, it opens like a hatchback/station wagon.
      Maybe also less distance between the rear axle and the rear bumper (I think).

    • Sydlocal

      More like ’4 series = coupe’ and of course by definition a coupe can have 4 doors, which is how I am looking at it anyway! However BMW have been confusing with their numbering for a few years now…

      • ixlplix

        By definition a 4 door is not enclosed two door car it is a sedan. All there is to it. They are just nieche building

        • Sydlocal

          However by definition a coupe means ‘to chop’. In this case, and most BMW ‘coupes’, the roof has been ‘chopped’ and is lower than the ‘normal sedan’ version. So the Gran Coupe with is lower ‘chopped’ roof fits within the coupe definition and hence can be rightfully named a 4 series. A coupe using the original definition (from horse and cart days) is not defined by the number of ‘doors’ it has. ;-)

          And yes, I agree BMW love niche building (they are one of the main offenders) and am not disagreeing that this is the case!

          • Golfschwein

            Yes, from the French verb ‘couper’, which is to cut or, as you say it, chop. Whether length or height, either applies.

          • richardJF

            I shall start calling hatchbacks coupes now.

          • ixlplix

            coupe1 [koop] Show IPA
            noun
            1.
            Also, coupé. a closed, two-door car shorter than a sedan of the same model.
            Chop referring to shortened chassis as in Charger or any other coupe you care to mention up till this German change to the language

    • Observer

      1 Series = A3
      2 Series = A3
      3 Series = A4
      4 Series = A5
      5 Series = A6
      6 Series = A7
      7 Series = A8
      Not that hard, Audi has been training us for years…

      • nugsdad

        not that logical

      • Hmm

        How can 6 Series = A7 when one is a 2-door and the other is a 4-door?

        • delux

          6 Series Gran Coupe

        • Henry Toussaint

          The 6 series comes in a 4 door called the Grand Coupe aswell.

      • delux

        BMW started training us with the reintroduction of the 6 series.

    • NarpasSword

      It’s a hatchback 3-series, but BMW want to charge more for it so they’ll call it the 4-series. 4 is a bigger number than 3 so it should be worth more, right?
      (But then what the heck is the point of the 3-series GT hatchback? Is that meant to be a stepping stone size-wise between the 4-series Gran Coupe and the upcoming X4, making it halfway between a hatchback and a crossover? Why would you need such a vehicle anyway? Now I’m confused…)

      • Sydlocal

        Simple (to BMW that is). The 3 series GT is the practical one with its higher stance/roofline etc whilst the Gran Coupe is the ‘sportier/less practical’ version with a lowered roofline (hence the term coupe).
        BMW have been getting carried away with all of the niche models over the years and yes, they are getting confusing!

  • LEXUS-is the best

    I crank up the volume when I’m listing to this in my Lexus with 19 speaker Premium Mark Levinson surround sound system

    /watch?v=nNVhKQ5CJpw

  • JOEBEEZ

    So what are they trying to say the 3 series GT is the ugly step sister no one wants and you’ll have to pay a premium for a decent 4 door coupe/hatch?

    Great looking car, but it makes no sense when you look at the entire model range.

    • delux

      I’m a fan of the 3GT. I hope it’s ugliness helps to bring down the resale value.

      • GFYS

        Somebody would have to buy one brand new first

  • Andrew Cowley

    Not sure of the point of this car but it seems BMW have got this particular GT model right. Can anyone see the pattern? The 5 and 3 series GT are dog ugly but they got it right with the 4 series. The 1 series hatch is dog ugly too and look at the 2 series coupe. They can at least learn from their mistakes!

    • Darryl

      Because it isn’t actually a GT in BMW speak.This and the 6 are Gran Coupes (designed for your Gran?) but the 3 and 5 are Grand Touring, and are on longer wheelbases. Oh hang on, so is the 6 Gran Coupe. Seems BMW are matching Audi’s A4/A5 strategy.

  • Autoholic

    My kind of car.

  • Paul

    my Gran is pleased it’s named after her.