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BMW unveils SA-bound 4 Series

2013-06-18 10:22

NEW ADDITION TO THE FAMILY: BMW new 4 Series Coupe will make its local debut in October 2013. Image: BMW

Earlier in 2013 we showcased spy images of BMW new 4 Series. In June, BMW launched its fourth generation of the 3 Series Coupe - dubbed the 4 Series Coupe.

BMW South Africa says the 4 Series will reach our shores as soon as October 2013. Local pricing has yet to be confirmed.

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According to BMW, the 4 Series has a "stand-alone design" to set it apart from its 3 Series sibling.


The 4 Series Coupe has a longer wheelbase, wider track and lower ride height compared to the current 3 Series Coupe. Its stretched coupe silhouette sits much lower on the road.

According to BMW, "Its lower suspension brings the car’s centre of gravity down to below 50cm, giving it the lowest centre of gravity of any car in the current BMW model line-up."

As with any BMW, the German automaker's DNA is prominent in the double-kidney grille, circular headlights and a large air intake.

The new air vents are positioned rearwards of the front wheel arches to reduce drag. Muscular wheel arches and a wide track emphasises its "dropped" profile at the rear.

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The 4 Series will be launched with a six-cylinder 3.0 petrol powering the 435i Coupe and two four-cylinder units under the hood of the petrol 428i Coupe and diesel 420d Coupe.

All models feature TwinPower Turbo technology and range from 135kW/380Nm to 225kW/400Nm.

The range topping rear-wheel drive 435i (225kW/400Nm) can sprint from 0-100km/h in 5.4 seconds, while all-wheel drive models complete the 0-100km/h sprint in 4.9 seconds.

The 2.0 420d produces 135kW/380Nm while the petrol 428i has 180kW/350Nm on tap. Fuel consumption for the 420d is rated at 4.7-litres/100km.

Engines will be mated to a standard six-speed manual, with optional eight-speed Sports auto and BMW xDrive all-wheel-drive.

BMW SA says all three enigines will be available but the xDrive options won't be sold here.


The M4, when and if it arrives will blow those figures out the water.

Optional goodies will include: an upgraded navigation system with 3D elements, full-colour heads-up display, Driving Assistant Plus and cruise control with stop/start functionality.

Four packages will be available: Sport, Modern and Luxury Line as well as the M Sport package.
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