No Manual Expected for New 4 Series: Report

by Member - Evanwritescars on August 13, 2019, 10:50 am

We've known for a while now that the BMW 3 Series sedan is not going to get a manual gearbox. But what about the upcoming new 4 Series coupe? Well, a new report says that it's probably going to be auto-only too.

It's probably not much of a surprise, as getting one model certified isn't much different from getting them both brought over. But BMWBlog says that their sources say it's almost certain that the US-bound 4ers won't get a stick. Currently, there's still talk of the three-pedal for Europe, but that's only for entry-level models like the 420d and 418d diesels. Models we're not going to get.

The entry-level car here is expected to be the 430i, available with rear and all-wheel drive. And an eight-speed auto. Of course there will be M Performance models like the M440i xDrive and the inevitable M4. With specs ex-spec-ted to be the same as the matching 3 Series models. Namely 382 hp for the M440i.

We're also expecting the new coupe to launch mid-year 2020. With similar styling to the sedan, but a more coupe-suitable roofline. And two fewer doors. With possibly a larger grille in the nose and a restyled tail to help set it apart from the sedan.


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