Three variants will be offered: the 420i, 430i and all-new M440i xDrive. The line-up will be available in Australia from October, 2020.
The next-generation vehicle is larger than its predecessor, stepping up in length by a substantial 130 millimetres to 4768mm. Width has increased by 27mm to 1852mm, and wheelbase grows by 41mm to 2851mm.
Overall vehicle height has increased slightly, by 6mm to 1383mm.
The car’s external aesthetic is dominated by an enormous and controversial new grille. BMW's Head of Design, Domagoj Dukec, revealed earlier this year that the polarising feature won't be adopted by other models.
A range of engine variants will be available to Australian customers, with a line-up mirroring that of the related 3 Series range.
These include 2.0-litre four-cylinder engines for the 420i and 430i, delivering 135kW and 300Nm, and 190kW and 400Nm, respectively.
A 3.0 litre inline six-cylinder tops the rang for now in the M440i xDrive, developing 285kW and 500Nm.
All three powertrains are paired with an eight-speed torque converter 'Steptronic' automatic transmission.
For Australia BMW's M Sport package comes standard and incorporates a body kit complete with extra-large air intakes up front, sport suspension, 19 inch M light alloy wheels, and knee pads on the sides of the centre console.
Sport seats and a newly designed M leather steering wheel also come as standard. A carbon exterior package can be also be optioned.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are included on the new car via BMW operating system 7.0. Ahead of the driver is a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, while main infotainment functions are handled by a 10.25-inch touch display and console-mounted iDrive controller, with voice control and optional gesture control also available.
A built-in SIM card with 4G LTE connectivity, and BMW Connected Package Professional, enable use of digital services within the car. These include BMW TeleServices and intelligent emergency call, real time traffic information with hazard warning, remote services, and concierge services.
The Al 4 Series grades come with BMW's colour head-up display system is fitted as standard.
BMW will also optionally offer its newest advanced remote engine start feature. Remote Software Upgrade also allows for vehicle functions and software updates and additional digital services to be updated over the air.
Last month CarAdvice reported that the new remote engine start function (along with similar systems from other brands) was potentially illegal to use under some circumstances in Australia.
A range of new option packages are also available.
The Visibility Package for 420i and 430i includes metallic paint, electric glass roof, ambient lighting and BMW LaserLight.
The Comfort Package, also for 420i and 430i, bundles automatic tailgate operation, lumbar support and seat heating for driver and front passenger.
The 420i can be specified with the Driver’s Assistant's Package, which incorporates tyre pressure monitor, Driving Assistant Professional and Parking Assistant Plus.
The M Sport Plus Package for the 420i and 430i includes M seat belts and an M rear spoiler. The 420i additionally gains M Sport brakes, while the 430i is fitted with the M Sport differential.
Seven paint finishes are also available including the newly introduced Arctic Race Blue and two BMW Individual hues – Dravit Grey metallic and Tanzanite Blue metallic.
An array of seat trim colour options can be specified. The 420i features Alcantara and Sensatec faux-leather in black with contrast stitching as standard, but can be optioned with ‘Vernasca’ leather trim, which is available in eight colours. The 430i and M440i xDrive come standard with Vernasca leather trim.
Other standard-issue 420i equipment highlight include front sport seats, electric front seat adjustment with driver's memory, wireless phone charger, Parking Assistant including Reversing Assistant, LED headlights with high-beam assist, DAB+ digital radio and Driving Assist functions including lane departure warning, lane change warning, front collision warning with brake intervention, rear crossing traffic warning, and rear collision prevention.
The 430i adds Comfort Access including BMW Digital Key, M Sport brakes, Parking Assistant Plus with surround-view cameras, adaptive M suspension, and Driving Assistant Professional functions like active cruise control with Stop&Go function, front and rear cross traffic warning, steering and lane control assistant, lane keeping assistant with side collision warning, crossroads warning and evasion aid.
Stepping up to the M440i adds a Sensatec-trimmed dash, powered bootlid closer, an electric sunroof, ambient interior lighting, heated front seats with adjustable lumbar supposrt, upgraded Harman Kardon premium audio, M Sport differential, LaserLight headlights, and Cerium Grey exterior highlights on the grille, mirror caps and exhaust finishers.
2021 BMW 4 Series Coupé pricing
- 420i – $70,900
- 430i – $88,900
- M440i xDrive – $116,900
Manufacturer's recommended list price, before on-road costs.