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New BMW 4-Series Coupe

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If you haven't heard about it before, the 4-Series is a new nameplate in BMW's range used on the replacements of the current 3-Series Coupe and Convertible models as well as the new Gran Coupe saloon.

These photos reveal the new 4-Series Coupe model, or the slightly toned down production version of the 4-Series Coupe study displayed at the Detroit Motor Show earlier this year. The name may be different, but the two-door model continues to be based on and is influenced by the styling of the 3-Series sedan.

Aside from the two-seat layout at the back, the sleek looking Bavarian coupe shares its interior design with the more family-orientated 3-Series range.

We have yet to get our hands on the press release, but the report on the German website says that compared to its predecessor, the new 4-Coupe has grown 26mm in length to 4,640mm and 43mm in width to 1,830mm, while the roofline drops 16mm in height to 1,360mm. It rides on a 50mm longer wheelbase at 2,810mm.

We're told that the European lineup at launch will include the 420d fitted with a 2.0-liter turbo diesel rated for 181hp (184PS) that returns 4.6lt/100km (51.3mpg US or 61.4mpg UK) with the 8sp automatic, and the 428i powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol delivering 242hp (245PS) that returns 6.6lt/100km (35.7mpg US or 42.8mpg UK) with the manual and 6.3lt/100km with the auto (37.3mpg US or 44.8mpg UK).

At the top of the regular (non-M branded) range is the 435i sporting a 3.0-litre twin-turbo inline-six with 302hp (306PS), that returns 7.9lt/100km (29.8mpg US or 35.8mpg UK) with the manual and 7.2lt/100km with the auto (32.3mpg US or 39.2 mpg UK).

All engines can be combined with either a six-speed manual gearbox or an eight-speed automatic, while the two petrol engines are offered with BMW's xDrive all-wheel drive as well.

The world premiere of the 4-Series Coupe will take place at the Frankfurt Motor Show this fall.

WhatCar geeks walk around the new 4er:

http://youtu.be/5mU-_JC67PE

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The 4er goes on sale in October with prices starting from £31,575.

Three engines will be available from launch, with three more to follow just a month or so later. Initially buyers will have a choice of a 245bhp 428i four-cylinder petrol, a 184bhp 420d diesel, and a 306bhp 435i six-cylinder petrol.

BMW's figures show the 428i reaches 60mph in 5.9 seconds, with EU Combined fuel economy of 42.8mpg, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of 154g/km and prices starting from £32,595.

The 420d undercuts the petrol with a price tag of £31,575. BMW claims a 0-62mph time of 7.5 seconds, EU Combined economy of 60.1mpg and CO2 emissions of 124g/km.

The 435i reaches 62mph in 5.4 seconds, achieves 35.8mpg on the EU Combined cycle, emits 185g/km of CO2 and will be priced from £40,795.

All three versions come with a six-speed manual gearbox, but an eight-speed automatic with steering wheel-mounted paddles for manual shifting will be available within a month of launch. Economy and emissions improve when the auto 'box is fitted – the 420d automatic emits just 121g/km.

Three more engine variants go into production in November. A 184bhp 420i petrol will become the entry-level petrol, while two six-cylinder diesels will be introduced – the 258hp 430d and the 313hp 435d. Both come with the eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard, while the 435d is only available with BMW's xDrive four-wheel-drive system. Performance and economy figures for these models are yet to be confirmed.

All versions will be better equipped than their equivalents in the old 3-series Coupé range. Every car will have front and rear parking sensors, heated front seats, a multi-function leather steering wheel, digital radio, leather upholstery, and two-zone air-conditioning. Xenon headlights are standard, while adaptive headlights (with or without LEDs) are optional.

Bluetooth and USB connectivity, an iDrive controller, a 6.5-inch colour display, automatic lights, wipers and boot opening will also be standard. All models are fitted with the Driver Performance Control switch, which fine-tunes the set-up of the car with Eco Pro, Comfort and Sport modes. Sport and M Sport models also have a more aggressive Sport+ programme.

UK buyers have a choice of five specifications: SE, Sport, Modern, Luxury and M Sport. All but SE-spec cars will have 18-inch alloy wheels and sport seats as standard. Luxury and M Sport versions come with the BMW Business Media package, which includes satellite navigation, Emergency Call and the BMW TeleServices remote diagnostic system.

M Sport models have sportier suspension, a three-spoke steering wheel, aluminium interior trim and a body-styling kit.

Adaptive M Sport suspension, which allows the electronically variable dampers to be adjusted through the Drive Performance Control, will be an option across the range.

BMW claims the 4-series has the lowest centre of gravity of any current BMW, which bodes well for agile handling and he front section of the car's structure is 60 per cent stiffer than the 3-series Coupé's, improving steering precision and feel.

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A CO2 emissions figure of 121g/km suggests the 420d auto in particular could prove popular among enthusiastic drivers with a conscience.

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The extended chrome kidney grille is lovely. Like that a lot. The back has an E46 Coupe look about it, but wider.

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I'd imagine, but could well be wrong, that torque will be a factor in that decision.

0.5 seconds is quite a visible gap on the roads to begin with but when they get rolling I think the 435d would be noticebly quicker.

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I was reading the 435i's figures thinking it was a 435D and couldn't see why you'd take the diesel when the petrol was so good.

Had I not been mistaken my argument would have asked if the 435i was turbocharged, which if it was would have negated the torque argument really, but anyway, it's irrelevant as it was a 435i!

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