BMW 4 Series Teased Ahead of Official Debut

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.

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  • FreedMike Back in the '70s, the one thing keeping consumers from buying more Datsuns was styling - these guys were bringing over some of the ugliest product imaginable. Remember the F10? As hard as I try to blot that rolling aberration from my memory, it comes back. So the name change to Nissan made sense, and happened right as they started bringing over good-looking product (like the Maxima that will be featured in this series). They made a pretty clean break.
  • Flowerplough Liability - Autonomous vehicles must be programmed to make life-ending decisions, and who wants to risk that? Hit the moose or dive into the steep grassy ditch? Ram the sudden pile up that is occurring mere feet in front of the bumper or scan the oncoming lane and swing left? Ram the rogue machine that suddenly swung into my lane, head on, or hop up onto the sidewalk and maybe bump a pedestrian? With no driver involved, Ford/Volkswagen or GM or whomever will bear full responsibility and, in America, be ambulance-chaser sued into bankruptcy and extinction in well under a decade. Or maybe the yuge corporations will get special, good-faith, immunity laws, nation-wide? Yeah, that's the ticket.
  • FreedMike It's not that consumers wouldn't want this tech in theory - I think they would. Honestly, the idea of a car that can take over the truly tedious driving stuff that drives me bonkers - like sitting in traffic - appeals to me. But there's no way I'd put my property and my life in the hands of tech that's clearly not ready for prime time, and neither would the majority of other drivers. If they want this tech to sell, they need to get it right.
  • TitaniumZ Of course they are starting to "sour" on the idea. That's what happens when cars start to drive better than people. Humanpilots mostly suck and make bad decisions.