New car preview: BMW 4 Series Coupe

Go behind the grille with BMW’s latest sports coupe.

The-all new 2021 BMW 4 Series Coupe has been unveiled ahead of its projected Australian release in October. 

While BMW has made a number of changes to the 2021 model, it seems the unique grille design has generated the most debate and divided motoring fans around the world. 

And rightly so, with the Bavarian manufacturer’s new kidney grille, a bold and rather large update from its 3 Series predecessors. Many in the automotive industry have already dubbed the grille as “coffin-like.”

2021 BMW 4 Series Coupe

The grille is not the only update which may cause controversy among fans, with the latest design having scrapped the iconic “Hoffmeister Kink”, a trademark C-pillar design found on BMW’s since the ’60s. 

Behind the grille, BMW’s flagship model M440i xDrive is powered by a 3.0-litre twin-scroll turbo in-line six-cylinder generating 285kW and 500Nm through an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission.

The base 420i model and middle-range 430i will be available with twin-scroll turbo petrol four-cylinder engines via an eight-speed automatic transmission producing 135kW/300Nm and 190kW/400Nm.

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Size-wise, the 4 Series has also grown in length by 128mm to 4,768mm, width by 27mm to 1852mm, and the wheelbase has extended by 41mm to 2851mm. The roofline also sits 57mm lower, wheels 23mm wider and its centre of gravity 21mm lower. 

Inside the 4 series the design choices are less polarising. The cabin is designed as a driver-focused cockpit with sports seats and an M leather steering wheel as standard.

Model-specific rear seats with integral head restraints have also been integrated to accommodate two passengers.

On the tech front, BMW has infused its new 7.0 operating system into the updated dash and centre console.

2021 BMW 4 Series Coupe

The tech consists of a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster behind the steering wheel and a 10.25-inch control display. Head-up display is now standard, and the operating system supports BMW’s Intelligent Personal Assistant, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

LED headlights are also standard on the 2021 Coupe, but for those after more, BMW’s Laserlight technology can also be added. Laserlight provides variable illumination depending on the environment, cornering light abilities and a high-beam range of 500m when at speeds above 60km/h. 

The all-new BMW 4 Series Coupé in 420i, 430i and M440i xDrive variants will go on sale in Australia from October with pricing and specification details yet to be announced.

2021 BMW 4 Series Coupe