BMW 4 Series Teased Ahead of Official Debut

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
bmw 4 series teased ahead of official debut

Even though the refreshed BMW 5 Series earned top billing this week, Bavaria’s favorite automaker also released an inky black teaser image of the revamped 4 Series — a vehicle that, like its larger sedan sibling, was forced into a digital debut after coronavirus fears ended basically every car-related gathering expected to take place in 2020.

Despite the car being shrouded in blackness, we managed to enact some digital trickery of our own to get a better glimpse of its front end. While there was only so much we could do to the image before it became a complete mess, the move managed to shed some light on the model’s grille — and how closely it plans on adhering to the Concept 4 that debuted at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show.

While not quite as grandiose as the concept that served as a design template (seen below), the new 4 Series is clearly informed by it. The kidney grille is much bigger, perhaps without matching the full scope of the Concept 4, and the massive inlets beneath the headlamps appear to have followed a similar trajectory.

BMW seems to be chasing a more aggressive look, and has adopted a few items to show the brand is onboard with modern design. This is most evident in the “diamond grille” pattern pushed by rival Mercedes-Benz. While your author is of the mind that these dappled openings won’t age particularly well, manufacturers seem to think they’re fairly hot at the moment. Extravagant grilles have been particularly welcome on the Chinese market, which is why you tend to see them on luxurious global models with a strong presence in Asia.

Unnecessarily large grilles also serve as brand identifiers when traditional badging cannot be counted upon.

The rest of the 4 Series’ proportions should be more in line with what you’d expect from a BMW coupe, however. We anticipate the 4 Concept’s long nose and short rear to carry over. While a fitting shape for rear-wheel drive, Munich has said all-wheel drive will be made available. The 2021 4 Series is expected to launch with the turbo 2.0-liter-equipped 430i (estimated at 250 hp) and 3.0-liter straight-six M440i xDrive (estimated around 370 hp). Future plans include a convertible model, a “Gran Coupe” with a quintet of doors (five if you count the back hatch) and the hotly anticipated, high-performance M4.

The only transmission that has been suggested thus far is the eight-speed automatic. While we’re sure a cadre of enthusiasts are praying for a manual, we’d advise them not to hold their breath. BMW is increasingly shunning be-clutched cars, and there’s no reason to expect the manufacturer to guarantee their continued existence within its products — especially now that they no longer offer any real performance or emissions benefits.

BMW’s new 4 Series debuts digitally on June 2nd at 6:00 p.m. (GMT+2). If you want to watch it live, be sure to sync that with your own time zone before hitting up BMW’s website.

[Images: BMW]

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  • Sgeffe Sgeffe on May 28, 2020

    “Despite the car being shrouded in blackness, [...] While there was only so much we could do to the image before it became a complete mess...[!]” BEFORE???!!! Wait, that red POS IS the concept! You can still see the gaping maw in that top picture! It ain’t gonna be pretty! At least the 5er still looks reasonable! Better scoop one up while you can, if that’s your type of ride!

  • Jeff S Jeff S on May 28, 2020

    I like the Mazda Soul Red as well.

  • Dusterdude @El scotto , I'm aware of the history, I have been in the "working world" for close to 40 years with many of them being in automotive. We have to look at situation in the "big picture". Did UAW make concessions in past ? - yes. Do they deserve an increase now ? -yes . Is their pay increase reasonable given their current compensation package ? Not at all ! By the way - are the automotive CEO's overpaid - definitely! (That is the case in many industries, and a separate topic). As the auto industry slowly but surely moves to EV's , the "big 3" will need to be producing top quality competitive vehicles or they will not survive.
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  • El scotto Huge lumbering SUV? Check. Unknown name soon to be made popular by Tiktok ilk? Check. Scads of these showing up in school drop-off lines? Check. The only real over/under is if these will have as much cachet as Land Rovers themselves? A bespoken item had to be new at one time. Bonus "accepted by the right kind of people" points if EBFlex or Tassos disapproves.
  • El scotto No, "brothers and sisters" are the core strength of the union. So you'll take less money and less benefits because "my company really needs helped out"? The UAW already did that with two-tier employees and concessions on their last contract.The Big 3 have never, ever locked out the UAW. The Big 3 have agreed to every collective bargaining agreement since WWII. Neither side will change.
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