New 2016 BMW 430i and 440i variants will arrive in Australia around July, bringing the range into line with the recently updated 3 Series.
As with the 3 Series, the BMW 4 Series updates comprise new 430i coupe, convertible and Gran Coupe variants to replace the 428i, while the 440i versions replace the 435i. Alas, the potent new 425d diesel will not come here, while the revised xDrive all-wheel drive variants remain left-hand-drive only.
The 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine in the 430i produces 185kW (up 5kW) and 350Nm compared to the 428i, while shaving a tenth or so from the fuel consumption.
The new flagship engine fitted to the new 440i is a 3.0-litre turbo six punching out 240kW (up 15kW) and 450Nm (up 50Nm) over the old 335i six. The 0-100km/h sprint time is cut to as little as 5.0 seconds on the coupe, down 0.1s.
We’ve already sampled both of the new engines in the 3 Series range as you can read here and here. As before, the 4 Series family will kick off in 135kW 420i guise. Expect the 420d to continue as well.
Meantime, the revised 425d diesel variant not coming here gets a potent 165kW/450Nm turbo-diesel engine option that cuts the 0-100km/h sprint time to 6.1s while being capable of fuel use of 4.6L/100km.
You can also expect to see some additional standard equipment on local versions, reflecting BMW Australia’s recent moves to add gear. Full details are not yet clear, but we’d be on a head-up display featuring on the 430i upwards.
The 4 Series is an important car for BMW Australia. The coupe/convertible versions managed 1921 sales in 2015, making it the Sports > $80K segment leader with 26 per cent market share. The Gran Coupe is more niche, but still managed 858 units over the period, about 20 per cent the 3 Series’ total.
Combined these two and the 4 Series line-up is BMW Australia’s fourth most popular, behind the X5, 3 Series and X3.