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by Sam Rawlings

Australian pricing and details for the updated 2016 BMW 4 Series range have been announced today, bringing new engines, more standard equipment and significant price cuts to echo recent changes to the accompanying 3 Series range.

Available in Australian dealerships later this month, the refreshed 4 Series range starts with the familiar 420i and 420d models, and is now joined by new 430i and 440i variants – which replace the 428i and 435i offered previously.

Headlining updates to the 420i and 420d are standard-fit adaptive M suspension, head-up display, electric folding mirrors, lane departure warning and a 360-degree camera system.

The 420i and 420d coupe and Gran Coupe start $2200 less than their predecessors, at $68,900 and $71,200 respectively. Meanwhile convertible versions are $2500 less than the previous model at $85,900 for the 420i and $88,200 for the 420d.

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Fuel consumption in the 420i has been improved to a claimed 5.8L/100km for the coupe and Gran Coupe bodies (down from 6.1L/100km), and 6.2L/100km for the convertible (down from 6.4L/100km). The 420d variants retain their claimed fuel ratings of 4.3L/100km (coupe/Gran Coupe) and 4.7L/100km (convertible) respectively.

The new 430i replaces the 428i, and will be priced at $79,990 for both the coupe and Gran Coupe, with the convertible starting from $96,990. Both price points feature a $2500 reduction over their predecessors.

Benefitting from an additional 5kW, the 430i’s ‘TwinPower’ 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine produces 185kW of power and 350Nm of torque. Fuel consumption has also been reduced to 5.8L/100km (down 0.6L/100km) for roofed models and 6.3L/100km (down 0.4L/100km) for the open-top variant.

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The 430i has gained a number of features for the new model year, including 19-inch alloy wheels, Comfort Access, electric lumbar support for driver and front passenger seats along with a nine-speaker HiFi loudspeaker system. The M Sport Package will also be on offer as a no-cost option.

Finally, topping the 4 Series range is the new 440i, which replaces the 435i.

The 440i coupe and Gran Coupe start at $99,990, while the convertible sits at $117,900. These prices are a reduction of $10,000 and $10,100 respectively over the previous 435i.

All variants of the 440i feature BMW’s new 3.0-litre turbocharged six-cylinder petrol engine, boosting power by 15kW to 240kW and with torque increased by 50Nm to 450Nm.

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Thanks to the new engine’s increased power and torque, the 440i claims a 0-100km/h time of 5.0 seconds, bettering the previous model by 0.1 seconds.

Fuel consumption in the new 440i is a claimed 6.8L/100km for the coupe and Gran Coupe (down 0.6L/100km), and 7.2L/100km for the convertible (down 0.5L/100km).

The improved fuel consumption for the 440i hardtop variants means they qualify for a reduced rate of Luxury Car Tax.

The 440i also gains a number of features over the 430i including heated front seats, parking assistant, active cruise control and adaptive LED headlights as well as an air collar in the convertible.

Features highlights

420i and 420d adds:

18-inch alloy wheels
Eight-speed sports automatic transmission
Rear-view camera
Electric Dakota sports leather seats with memory function
Bi-Xenon headlights
Front and rear Park Distance Control
Navigation System Professional with RTTI
BMW ConnectedDrive Emergency call and TeleServices
BMW ConnectedDrive Lifestyle package
Extended smartphone connectivity
DAB+ digital radio

430i adds

19-inch alloy wheels
Comfort Access
Electric lumbar support to driver and passenger seats
Nine-speaker HiFi loudspeaker system
M Sport Package offered as a no-cost option

440i adds

Variable sport steering
Harman/Kardon surround sound system with 16 speakers
BMW Individual leather instrument panel (with M Sport Package)
Heated front seats
Parking Assistant
Active Cruise Control
Adaptive LED Headlights
Concierge Services
Internet
Air collar (440i Convertible)

2016 BMW 4 Series pricing (plus on-road costs):

420i coupe and Gran Coupe – $68,900 (-$2200)
420i convertible – $85,900 (-$2500)
420d coupe and Gran Coupe – $71,200 (-$2200)
420d convertible – $88,200 (-$2500)
430i coupe and Gran Coupe – $79,900 (-$2500)
430i convertible – $96,900 (-$2500)
440i coupe and Gran Coupe – $99,900 (-$10,000)
440i convertible – $117,900 (-$10,100)

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NOTE: Gran Coupe pictured. 2016 model-year coupe and convertible images still to come.




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