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BMW has taken a big gamble on the styling of its new coupe.
The 4 Series is based on the standout 3 Series sedan, which came in second in News Corp’s 2019 Car of the Year awards, and signalled a return to BMW’s driver’s-car ethos.
But the big talking point is the new polarising front styling dominated by the large vertical grille.
Domagoj Dukec, head of BMW design, said the 4 Series was the brand’s most modern form yet and the front styling created a distinctive new look.
“The front end makes a very clear statement on the road. The striking, vertical kidney grille and iconic twin headlights create a bold and confident identity,” said Dukec.
Once you move past the front, the 4 Series takes on the classic sporting coupe proportions with a sloping roofline and muscular rear end.
BMW Australia plans to bring in three variants: 420i, 430i and M440i from October this year.
The 420i and 430i are powered by four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engines making 135kW/300Nm and 190kW/400Nm. Both are paired to an eight-speed auto driving the rear wheels.
The range-topping 440i scores a six-cylinder turbo (285kW/500Nm) and all-wheel drive.
A range of engineering upgrades has sharpened the 4 Series’ handling, which was already a high-point of its 3 Series donor.
BMW has packed the 4 Series with a range of new tech including an upgraded 12.3-inch digital instrument display matched to a 10.25-inch central screen.
The German brand has also included Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard after previously requiring owners to pay a subscription.
Passengers will benefit from its increased width and wheelbase, which will make for a more spacious cabin.
BMW will reveal local pricing closer to the car’ launch date.