The BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe to make its North American debut in New York.

by Bernie McGroarty on March 13, 2014, 9:37 am
NYIAS

The BMW X4 Sports Activity Coupe will make its world debut and the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe, BMW ALPINA B6 xDrive Gran Coupe, updated BMW X3 and BMW Concept X5 eDrive will make their North American debuts at the 2014 New York International Auto Show on Wednesday, April 16, at the BMW Stand at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 655 West 34th Street (at 11th Avenue), Manhattan. English and Spanish speaking BMW representatives will be available for interviews throughout the day.

The BMW X4 Sports Activity Coupe combines the performance and capability of a premium Sports Activity Vehicle with the style and elegance of a traditional coupe. In the U.S., the X4 will be offered with a choice of two TwinPower Turbo engines. The X4 xDrive28i, with a MSRP of $45,625 (including Destination & Handling), will feature BMW's award-winning 240 horsepower 2.0-liter four cylinder, producing peak torque of 260 lb-ft and 0-60 mph in 6.0 seconds. The top-of-line X4 xDrive35i, with an MSRP of $48,925 (including Destination & Handling), will feature BMW's venerable 300 horsepower 3.0-liter inline six, producing peak torque of 300 lb-ft and 0-60 mph in 5.2 seconds. Both models include an 8-speed Steptronic sport automatic transmission with shift paddles as well as xDrive, BMW's intelligent all-wheel drive system. The BMW X4 will begin production in spring 2014 exclusively at BMW's U.S. production facility in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

The BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe adds a fresh dimension to one of the company's newest model ranges. It combines the sleek look and sporty character of the 4 Series Coupe with the functionality provided by four-doors and a spacious, flexible luggage compartment. The 2015 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe arrives in the U.S. in early summer of 2014 with two engine choices. The 428i Gran Coupe will feature BMW's award-winning 240 horsepower TwinPower Turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder, achieving peak torque of 255 lb-ft (0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds) and the 435i Gran Coupe will be powered by the much-lauded 300 horsepower TwinPower Turbo 3.0-liter inline six achieving peak torque of 300 lb-ft (0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds). The 428i xDrive Gran Coupe will also be available at launch with BMW's intelligent all-wheel drive system. All versions will be offered in the U.S. with an 8-speed sport automatic transmission. Prices in the U.S. will start at a base MSRP of $41,225, including $925 Destination & Handling for the 428i Gran Coupe, $43,225, including Destination & Handling, for the 428i xDrive Gran Coupe, and $46,725, including $925 Destination & Handling for the 435i Gran Coupe.

The 2015 BMW ALPINA B6 xDrive Gran Coupe delivers exceptional 0-60 mph in only 3.7 seconds. The 540-horsepower and 540 lb-ft output of the 4.4-liter ALPINA bi-Turbo V8 is channeled through an 8 speed Sports Automatic Transmission with ALPINA Switch-Tronic and BMW's xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive system. Electronic Damping Control and Active Roll Stabilization technology work together with the fully variable torque distribution of the xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive system. The seamless integration of chassis and powertrain enables agile and neutral driving dynamics that meet the highest demands for sportiness, comfort and all-weather traction. With a top speed of 198 mph, the BMW ALPINA B6 xDrive Gran Coupe impresses not only through its effortless and confident super-high performance, but also with its finely balanced handling and smooth refinement. The 2015 BMW ALPINA B6 Gran Coupe will go on sale in spring 2014 for $118,225, including $925 Destination & Handling.

In the BMW Concept X5 eDrive, the innovative EfficientDynamics drive technology BMW eDrive and the intelligent all-wheel drive system BMW xDrive are united for the first time. The combination of a BMW TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder combustion engine and a 95-horsepower electric motor provides typical BMW performance, with BMW xDrive further increasing the dynamics. At the same time, this powertrain is impressively efficient. The average fuel efficiency of less than 74.3 mpg in the EU test cycle is unrivalled among vehicles in this class, with CO2 emissions of less than 90 grams per kilometer also setting new standards. Via the driving dynamics control switch, different drive modes can be selected. In the fully electric mode, which is free from local emissions, a maximum range of 19 miles is possible – at speeds of up to 75 mph. The BMW Concept X5 eDrive obtains its electrical energy from a (lithium-ion) high-voltage battery, which is accommodated in a space-efficient manner under the flat luggage compartment floor. This means that the room in the vehicle can still be used flexibly, with an almost identical luggage space volume. The high-voltage battery can be charged quickly and conveniently using the BMW home charging station. Alternatively, it can be replenished using any standard household power outlet or at a public charging station.

The BMW X3 Sports Activity Vehicle expands on the 2010 second-generation BMW X3 with a new offer of BMW Advanced Diesel power in the X3 xDrive28d that enhances efficiency while reducing emissions. There will also be the first-time offer of the rear-wheel drive BMW X3 sDrive28i for the U.S. market, providing a great consumer entry point into the X3 family. The new xDrive28d will feature BMW's 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo diesel 4-cylinder engine producing 180 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque and accelerates from 0-60 mph in just under eight seconds. The X3 xDrive28i features BMW 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo gasoline engine, producing 240 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, achieving 0-60 in 6.2 seconds. The exterior and interior design of the new BMW X3 received stylistic revisions that add further depth to the vehicle's practicality. The new BMW X3 will go on sale in spring 2014 as a 2015 model. In the U.S., the base MSRP will be $39,325 for the X3 sDrive28i, $40,725 for the X3 xDrive28i, $42,825 for the X3 xDrive28d with BMW Advanced Diesel technology, and $45,825 for the top-of-the-line X3 xDrive35i. Pricing includes $925 Destination & Handling.

The BMW i3 will be available for ride-alongs at the EV Pavilion on Level 1 of the Javits Center during show hours on April 16-17 and NYIAS public days.

The BMW 4 Series has been named as one of three finalists for the 2014 World Car Awards' "World Car of the Year" distinction. In addition, the BMW i3 has been named as one of three finalists for both the 2014 "World Green Car" and "World Car Design of the Year" awards. All category winners will be declared at NYIAS on Thursday, April 17.

Check out more info on the new X4 here!


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36 responses to The BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe to make its North American debut in New York.

iamthewalrus commented:
March 13, 2014, 11:42 am

Yet another BMW without a manual transmission option. No manual = Not interested. Sorry.

-James
Seattle, WA
2006 BMW X3 3.0i manual, m-sport, premium, cold, xenons, PDC.
boltjaM3s commented:
March 13, 2014, 11:55 pm

I couldn't be more excited about a BMW with 4 doors that helps Dad out of a family Sedan and into a sports Coupe again.

The 4 Gran Coupe is a dream.

BJ
MWatty550 commented:
March 14, 2014, 11:13 am

BJ do you have any dreams of a 5 series?
Mathfuzzy commented:
March 14, 2014, 11:29 am

Quote:
Originally Posted by boltjaM3s View Post
I couldn't be more excited about a BMW with 4 doors that helps Dad out of a family Sedan and into a sports Coupe again.

The 4 Gran Coupe is a dream.

BJ
I hope it looks as good in the metal as it does in pictures. I love what I'm seeing in the pics!
boltjaM3s commented:
March 14, 2014, 4:55 pm

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Originally Posted by Mathfuzzy View Post
I hope it looks as good in the metal as it does in pictures. I love what I'm seeing in the pics!













Any excuse to post pics is fine with me.

BJ
Alwozhere commented:
March 14, 2014, 5:04 pm

Looks great.
BMW220i commented:
March 14, 2014, 5:15 pm

Is this like a 3 series hatchback or a crossover that sits taller?
Mathfuzzy commented:
March 14, 2014, 5:19 pm

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Originally Posted by BMW220i View Post
Is this like a 3 series hatchback or a crossover that sits taller?
More like a four door version of the 4 series. Analogous to the 6 series grand coupe.
Mathfuzzy commented:
March 14, 2014, 5:21 pm

That silver m sport is definitely doing it for me.
chiba commented:
March 14, 2014, 7:08 pm



Thats just hot.
Hangman4358 commented:
March 14, 2014, 7:21 pm

I find the coupe look makes the back of the car look really fat...
captainaudio commented:
March 14, 2014, 7:32 pm

Not a car that I have any interest in owning but I look forward to seeing one at the NY Auto Show.
sr5959 commented:
March 14, 2014, 8:25 pm

I'd have it over the F30 just for the electric hatchback. I hate having to slam the the trunk lid shut on my F30!
boltjaM3s commented:
March 14, 2014, 8:48 pm

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Originally Posted by chiba View Post


Thats just hot.
I saw it first.

BJ
boltjaM3s commented:
March 14, 2014, 8:49 pm

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Originally Posted by captainaudio View Post
Not a car that I have any interest in owning but I look forward to seeing one at the NY Auto Show.
Meetup?

CTTC City Edition?

BJ
boltjaM3s commented:
March 14, 2014, 8:53 pm

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Originally Posted by BMW220i View Post
Is this like a 3 series hatchback or a crossover that sits taller?


No, that would be the 3GT you're describing. The 4GC is the sleekest of the 3/4 Series. It's a 4 Coupe with extra doors and an electric trunk. It's not a hatchback.

BJ
captainaudio commented:
March 14, 2014, 9:10 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by boltjaM3s View Post

No, that would be the 3GT you're describing. The 4GC is the sleekest of the 3/4 Series. It's a 4 Coupe with extra doors and an electric trunk. It's not a hatchback.

BJ
It looks like a hatchback to me.

I actually think that is a nice feature.


captainaudio commented:
March 14, 2014, 9:59 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by boltjaM3s View Post
Meetup?

CTTC City Edition?

BJ
I usually go on Friday Night.

CA
boltjaM3s commented:
March 14, 2014, 10:09 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by captainaudio View Post
It looks like a hatchback to me.

I actually think that is a nice feature.


This is a hatchback. A utility vehicle that doesn't have anything that looks like a trunk.

The 4GC is not a Hatchback simply because its rear opening includes the rear window. It's a Coupe that has a trunk that opens wide and electronically. If your E92 looked identical to what you have now and had an electric trunk that included the rear window, no one would say you're driving a Hatchback. They'd say you're driving a Coupe with a really nice convenience feature that allows your trunk to open wider and provide easier access.

BJ
Michael Schott commented:
March 14, 2014, 10:31 pm

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Originally Posted by boltjaM3s View Post


This is a hatchback. A utility vehicle that doesn't have anything that looks like a trunk.

The 4GC is not a Hatchback simply because its rear opening includes the rear window. It's a Coupe that has a trunk that opens wide and electronically. If your E92 looked identical to what you have now and had an electric trunk that included the rear window, no one would say you're driving a Hatchback. They'd say you're driving a Coupe with a really nice convenience feature that allows your trunk to open wider and provide easier access.

BJ
C'mon dude. It's a hatchback. That's not a negative but it opens the same way as my wife's Honda Insight. You can get to the back seats through the hatch.
captainaudio commented:
March 14, 2014, 10:36 pm

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Originally Posted by Michael Schott View Post
C'mon dude. It's a hatchback. That's not a negative but it opens the same way as my wife's Honda Insight. You can get to the back seats through the hatch.
I have the 4GC described as a hatchback.
Jaguar said our XKR was not a hatchback because the rear seat did not fold down (although I always considered it a hatchback).
Does the rear seat on the 4GC fold down?





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BMW 4-series Gran Coupe (2014) first official pictures
By Ollie Kew
First Official Pictures
01 February 2014 23:01
BMW has either just created the next big thing, or officially run out of ideas. This is the 4-series Gran Coupe. Of course, it's not actually a coupe at all – it has four doors – but being part of the 4-series family, it's sleeker than the 3-series saloon.
It's the third and final 4-series model (following the two-door coupe and folding hard-top convertible). Best of all, a 424bhp M4 Gran Coupe is waiting in the wings for 2015…..
How the heck do you pigeonhole the BMW 4-series Gran Coupe?
The 4-series GC follows a trail blazed by the Audi A5 Sportback, which looks like (and is priced as) an A5, but offers four doors and similar cabin space to a cooking A4. Sales have been too strong for BMW to ignore – even if it means risking the wrath of angry enthusiasts fed up of niche-within-niche car-making. Before you start frothing at the mouth, be aware the more practical 4-series Gran Coupe costs exactly the same, spec-for-spec, as its two-door counterpart.
Are you sure it's not a 3-series?
Damn sure – the unique 4-series front and rear ends are present, and the Gran Coupe is exactly the same length, width, and wheelbase-size as the 4-series coupe. The roof, however, is 12mm higher. Although it swoops more severely than a 3-series, we're seeing hints of the 3-series Gran Turismo's silhouette here – and that's no good thing. Do you agree? Comment below…..
Is it palpably more practical than a 4-series?
Yes, says BMW: 'The functionality of a saloon car with the silhouette of a coupé' is the official party line. BMW says the boot is now 435-litres: 35 litres bigger than the two-door and, you guessed it, the same size as the boot of a 3-series saloon. That hatchback tailgate allows easier cargo access than any 4-series or the 3-series saloon, and it boasts an automatic close function as standard.
The rear bench has a '2+1' configuration, with improved headroom versus the 4-series coupe.
All very well, but a 3-series a pinch across the rear seats too. BMW is so busy justifying the 4-series Gran Coupe next to its two-door sister, it may have overlooked the fact it appears to be rendering the poor old Three obsolete.
Will the 4-series Gran Coupe be much of an ultimate driving machine?
BMW has adjusted the suspension for what is expected to be a less stiff body than the two-door 4-series. No official number have been disclosed, but BMW admits the Gran Coupe is heavier than a 4-series coupe, but claims it will still weigh in lighter than any other car in its class. Not that there's much in the way of competition, of course.
Which engines can I have in my 4-series Gran Coupe?
There'll eventually be a choice of seven – the halo model being the as yet unseen M4 Fran Coupe. Most economical is the 418d four-pot diesel version: you get 141bhp, 236lb ft and up to 61mpg for £30,995. There'll be both rear- and all-wheel drive xDrive versions of the 182bhp, 280lb ft 420d. Curiously, both have an identical 7.7sec 0-62mph time (7.5sec when specced with the eight-speed automatic transmission.)
Until the M4 Gran Coupe, petrolheads can choose between a 420i, which costs £29,420, a 428i for £32,815, or the fastest 4-series Gran Coupe at launch: the £41,355 435i. Power outputs for the petrol cars are 182bhp, 242bhp and 302bhp respectively. The hot 435i manages 0-62mph in as little as 5.2sec.
The 4-series Gran Coupe range goes on sale on 21 June 2014, with the choice of five trim levels: SE, Sport, Modern, Luxury and M Sport. The premium over a 3-series saloon? Around £2000 on like-for-like models. As ever, you pays your money…..
boltjaM3s commented:
March 14, 2014, 10:59 pm

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Originally Posted by Michael Schott View Post
C'mon dude. It's a hatchback. That's not a negative but it opens the same way as my wife's Honda Insight. You can get to the back seats through the hatch.


Perhaps we're looking at the term "Hatchback" differently.

To me a Hatchback was a successful series of cars in the 1980's that were the pre-SUV option for people who needed some utility in their rides. A sedan or coupe would have its trunk chopped off, a flat, large opening was created, and you now had a car that was smaller than a station wagon but offered more cargo utility than a sedan. Every auto maker had one, BMW too.

Now, if you're defining a "Hatchback" as any car that has a rear opening that includes the rear glass, different story. But to me, a Hatchback is a tweener utility vehicle and one that was supplanted by the SUV craze of the 1990's. The 4 Gran Coupe has a trunk, if you didn't know it's rear glass opened along with it you'd think it was no different than a sleeker version of the F30.

BJ
boltjaM3s commented:
March 14, 2014, 11:07 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by captainaudio View Post
I have the 4GC described as a hatchback.
Jaguar said our XKR was not a hatchback because the rear seat did not fold down (although I always considered it a hatchback).
Does the rear seat on the 4GC fold down?


Back in 1980 the Mazda RX-7 was considered one sleek and sexy sports coupe. Despite it having a fully-opening rear windscreen, no one said it was a "Hatchback".

Again, the category of cars called Hatchbacks perhaps are different than cars that happen to have a full-opening rear that includes the trunk and rear window. Perhaps one can say that a car 'has a hatchback opening' but is not a 'hatchback'.

BJ
Michael Schott commented:
March 14, 2014, 11:19 pm

BJ, my definition and I think this is the common terminology, is a car that has a rear opening that includes the rear window. The RX7 was a hatchback as is a 3GT. An X1 is not.
beden1 commented:
March 14, 2014, 11:51 pm

Is the Corvette a hatchback?
captainaudio commented:
March 15, 2014, 12:43 am

Hatchback or not the 4GC is certainly not an econobox.

CA
captainaudio commented:
March 15, 2014, 12:46 am

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boltjaM3s commented:
March 15, 2014, 12:55 am

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Originally Posted by Michael Schott View Post
BJ, my definition and I think this is the common terminology, is a car that has a rear opening that includes the rear window. The RX7 was a hatchback as is a 3GT. An X1 is not.
Quote:
Originally Posted by beden1 View Post
Is the Corvette a hatchback?
I think this sums it up nicely. How about this:

A "Hatchback" is a car from the 1980's that was a non-sporty box-on-wheels, a precursor to the SUV. Considered a derogatory term when discussing sport sedans and coupes.

Has a "hatchback" describes any car that has a rear window that opens along with the trunk for easy access. Considered a convenience feature on any car, including those that are ascetically attractive and sporty.

So it's all about the capital "H" vs. the lower case "h". Please refer to the 4 Gran Coupe as having a hatchback, not being a Hatchback.

BJ
captainaudio commented:
March 15, 2014, 1:43 am

From the Los Angeles Times

Quote:
And though BMW insists on calling this new model a coupe, technically it’s a really sleek and good-looking hatchback. The kind that shows up to school and immediately gives other hatchbacks an inferiority complex. But the very word "hatchback" is toxic to U.S. consumers, so BMW’s reluctance to call it that is understandable.
boltjaM3s commented:
March 15, 2014, 2:02 am

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Originally Posted by captainaudio View Post
From the Los Angeles Times














It's not a Hatchback. It has trunk that opens in an unconventional manner for the whopping 2x a week I'll actually open it.

Whatever it is, it's the best looking $50,000 Sport Sedan BMW has made in the past 10 years, so call it what you like.

BJ
unit commented:
March 15, 2014, 2:29 am

Behold, the 1980 Chevy Citation Gran Coupe...
435sapphire commented:
March 15, 2014, 5:04 am

Ok, that comparison was kind of funny...


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boltjaM3s commented:
March 15, 2014, 7:39 am

Quote:
Originally Posted by unit View Post
Behold, the 1980 Chevy Citation Gran Coupe...
Ha ha ha, very good.

BJ
captainaudio commented:
March 15, 2014, 10:00 am

Quote:
Originally Posted by boltjaM3s View Post

It's not a Hatchback. It has trunk that opens in an unconventional manner for the whopping 2x a week I'll actually open it.


BJ
And it doesn't have four doors, It has two coupe doors in the front and two unconventional additional openings for the whopping 2X a week you will need access to the back seat (which isn't really a back seat it is "additional passenger accommodation area")
boltjaM3s commented:
March 15, 2014, 10:11 am

Quote:
Originally Posted by captainaudio View Post
And it doesn't have four doors, It has two coupe doors in the front and two unconventional additional openings for the whopping 2X a week you will need access to the back seat (which isn't really a back seat it is "additional passenger accommodation area"


Bingo.

It's like a Gran Torino which did such a good job of hiding the unconventional hidden openings there are still owners who don't realize they are there.

BJ
beden1 commented:
March 15, 2014, 10:31 am

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Originally Posted by boltjaM3s View Post


Bingo.

It's like a Gran Torino which did such a good job of hiding the unconventional hidden openings there are still owners who don't realize they are there.

BJ
OK, What?