2015 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe Debuts At 2014 Geneva Auto Show

When BMW launched a coupe and convertible version of its latest 3 Series sedan, the German automaker rechristened the two-door versions 4 Series to help distinguish the models. Now, though, that distinctive becomes a little muddier, as the 2015 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe debuts with four doors.

The main difference between the BMW 3 Series sedan and the 4 Series Gran Coupe is that the latter has a prettier, more coupe-like silhouette. Though it is the same length, width, and wheelbase as the two-door coupe, the Gran Coupe has a 0.5-inch taller roofline to provide extra headroom for the rear passengers. (BMW classifies the car as a 4+1, signaling that the middle rear seat is suitable only for children.)

The other key difference is that the Gran Coupe is a hatchback, with a cargo area that is more spacious (by 1.3 cubic feet) than that of a 4 Series coupe. Folding the rear seats expands the Gran Coupe's carrying capacity to 45.9 cubic feet.

Visually, the 2015 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe has much in common with its two-door parent. The drooping nose wears BMW's kidney grilles and squinting, narrow headlights, leading into a sharply creased hood. The "Air Breather" aerodynamic aids behind the front wheel arches are present, as is a rising swage line that cuts through both door handles and terminates just before meeting the wraparound taillights. The roofline on the Gran Coupe is 4.4 inches longer than that of the two-door, and slopes gently down to the stubby decklid. BMW says the Gran Coupe receives specific bracing to keep it as taut as the two-door models, and that its suspension is tuned differently for the same reason.

A Familiar Duo

Just like the 4 Series coupe and convertible, and 3 Series sedan, the 2015 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe comes in two basic flavors. The 428i and 428i xDrive use a 2.0-liter turbo-four engine rated at 240 hp, providing a claimed 0-to-60-mph time of 5.7 seconds. The 435i, meanwhile, has a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six good for 300 hp and a 4.9-second 0-60 sprint. An xDrive all-wheel-drive version of the 435i will follow at the end of this year.

An eight-speed automatic transmission and auto stop-start are standard on both models. Fuel economy is expected to closely mirror the 4 Series coupe, although final EPA numbers aren't yet ready.

Another area in which the 2015 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe resembles its two-door siblings is in its trim levels. BMW will offer the car in its familiar Luxury, Sport, and M Sport derivatives. The Luxury line brings chrome grille slates, window trim, and air breather trim; multi-spoke 18- or 19-inch wheels; a high-gloss exhaust tip and rear bumper trim piece; and interior leather color choices that include saddle brown and a 4 Series Gran Coupe-exclusive ivory white.

Opting for the Sport line brings gloss-black exterior trim components, split-spoke wheels, and red interior accents. The next step up is the M Sport line, which adds mechanical upgrades like new aerodynamic aids, M-specific wheels, an M Sport suspension, and optional M Sport brakes with larger, blue-painted calipers.

The 2015 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe also benefits from the same safety and convenience technologies as other new BMW models. A color head-up display, a self-parking function, adaptive cruise control, a blind-sport warning system, full-LED headlights, and a 360-degree camera system are all available, as is an Active Driving Assistant that can warn of an impending collision with a car or pedestrian.

Pricing for the new car is very close to that of a standard 4 Series coupe. The 2015 BMW 428i Gran Coupe starts at $41,225, including destination, which is $200 less than a 428i coupe;the 428i xDrive Gran Coupe is $43,225, and the 435i Gran Coupe costs $46,725. After its debut in March at the 2014 Geneva auto show, the 4 Series Gran Coupe will appear at the 2014 New York auto show in April before going on sale in the U.S. this summer.

Adel Amid
This is stupid. Basically two types of three series!!
Matt Simmons
Pretty soon the numbers and letters will mean nothing. What's next... a 4 Series Grand Touring Coupe? Go figure that one out.
Craig Stishenko
Hahahahhahahahahhahaha are they kidding?
Steven Matthew Myers
Bah. Ridiculous, stupid concept. As bad as Gran Turismo humpback hatches.
Nigel Jones
nice one bmw
Jeff Stein
What if they turn this 4 door that was a 2 door back into a 2 door? Does it become a 3 series Petite Sport? Just stop it already.
Mazi Mort
3 series is a four door, two door is a 4 series...now a 4 door 4 series!!?? WTF!
Glenn Brown
Thought the 3 series already had a 4 door version. Confused.
Tom Champion
Would like a coupe.
Robert May
I think BMW have lost their mind
Alex Pancamo
I like it. They should make it a shorter-run model because it does look good, they just have way too many models to keep up with.
Tim Lucas
This brand is losing me!
Tony Gauntner
Exactly. why not just call it a 3 Series Gran Coupe? Four doors aren't coupes...damn Mercedes for starting that trend.
Darin Kong
This is BMW's version of lingerie; the less there is, the more you'll pay. Less headroom and less legroom, all at a higher price than the 3 Series underneath the sexy sheen. Why style the 3 Series like this when they can charge (and profit) more from the numerically higher 4?
Al Gino
4-seater
Darren Songfreid
Love it
Milton F Lersch II
cookie cutter design
Thomas Voelker
Looks ok, but it needs to be swoopier.
Brian Willaman
It's absolutely stupid! I thought BMW switched its 3 series coups to the 4 series and now they have a 4-door sedan called a coupe! I'm so lost! Stupid
Luis Carvalho da Silva
Too many variants, models, configurations...Altough is much beter looking thna the conventional sedan. All sedans shoulh look alike GC.
Jacques René Delange
Fantastisch
R Scott Torgan
dear bmw......STOP IT....JUST, STOP IT.
Michael Dunmire
The 4GC looks good but the naming convention is stupid.
Prasad Koggala Hewage
We have BMW 7 Serice allso
Prasad Koggala Hewage
I like very much
Prasad Koggala Hewage
BMW - 4 Seriece /2015 verction
PraWin N. Aglave
awwwwwwesome
icGmC11
@automobilemag @BMWUSA 4-door version of 2-door 4-series
Gary Craig
If I want a car like that the Audi A7 has the style. Not for 3 series, ugh,
Larry Muhlstadt
Looks like they're taking some cues from the Fusion....or Avalon.
Tao Yong
Yeah agreed
Steve Rothaug
I think BMW is going full retard. PS: Nice car.
Mike Dunlap
Why why why why? Also, naming scheme is dumb: coupe should be 3, sedan 4, or, better, leave them as the 3 series the've been for decades and stop adding silly niche models.
Justin Emerson
I expect a 3 series coupe not named the 4 series to come out now
steintrek
@automobilemag @BMWUSA head hurts. Becoming. So. Confused. Why not a 3&1/2 series?
TheClassicCarFactory
This is " The Other Idea BMW had for the 3 Series ", which is almost exactly the same as the original and the 3 series GT.....what is going on at BMW?????......and who is The Vice President Of Confused Marketing?

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