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BMW's gran coupe rocks 4 Series

2014-02-03 15:22

ENTER #3: BMW has announced its third model in the 4 Series line-up, the gran coupe. It will arrive in SA in July 2014. Image: BMW

BMW has added a third model to its 4 Series line-up, the Gran Coupe. It joins the Coupe and Convertible in the range and it arrives in South Africa in July 2014.

BMW is continuing with its onslaught of new models. The latest member in the family is the new 4 Series gran coupe, the first four-door coupe in the premium midsize class.

GALLERY: 2014 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

The model arrival comes hot on the tail of the coupe and convertible models launched in November 2013. The automaker says the new model has the sleek looks of a two-door coupe with the functionality of four-doors, lots of space and a huge boot.

Not only that, but the gran coupe has a combined fuel consumption of 8.1 litres –4.5 l/100km and combined CO2 emissions 189–119g/km.

BMW says it’s the same size as the two-door coupe: 4.63m long, 1.82m wide and a wheelbase of 2.81m; and both models are identical in terms of looks. It also has the double-kidney grille, dual round headlights and the large air intake.

ONE DIFFERENCE

The only difference is the roof which is 12mm higher, 112mm longer and gently stretched allowing it to flow smoothly into the rear quarter panels and boot lid, says BMW.

Boot volume measures in at 480 litres, that’s 35 litres larger than that of the two-door version.

But although this model might look identical to its twin coupe, there are special packages for customisation, including the M Sport package and the Individual program.
 
Inside the car, all controls are configured to give the driver optimal access. The shape of the rear bench seat looks like two individual seats, but the upholstered surface between them can also accommodate a third passenger in the middle.

The standard model variant, plus three optional equipment packages and the M Sport package, ticks all the right boxes, says the automaker – even for those who want something extra. The BMW Individual program which will be available at launch will include special leather interior packages, exterior colours and 19” light-alloy wheels.

ENGINES

When the car arrives in July, the line-up will include a choice of five engines: four and six-cylinder petrol engines, plus two four-cylinder diesel engines.
 
Top of the range there’s the 435i’s six-cylinder in-line 3.0-liter petrol engine pushing out 225kW with a claimed combined fuel consumption of 8.1 litres/100km and a combined CO2 emission of 189g/km.

The 428i makes 180kW and has a combined fuel consumption of 6.6 litres/100km and 154g/km C02 emission while the 420i makes 135kW, uses 6.4 litres/100km and 149g/km of CO2 emissions.  

Diesel variants in the form of the 420d uses 4.7 litres/100km and only 124g/km of CO2 emissions while making 135k. All models come with a six-speed manual transmission, but all engines can be combined with the optional eight-speed Steptronic or eight-speed sport Steptronic transmissions, which also features paddles on the steering wheel.

BMW SA says the range ConnectedDrive options can be ordered for the 4 Series gran coupe.
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