Just a few weeks after unveiling the all-new BMW i4, the world debut of its petrol- and diesel-powered sibling is pretty much expected to happen sooner rather than later. Say hello to the all-new, second-generation 2022 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe.
No surprises here in terms of design. It’s basically the same as the i4 electric (EV) four-door coupe, but with its grille now functional and lets air in to cool the engine. What we’re surprised to find out is that the flushed door handles of its EV counterpart were also adopted into the standard 4 Series Gran Coupe.
Inside, however, and the changes for the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe are much more dramatic. Rather than utilizing the latest generation iDrive 8, this model still uses the current iDrive 7. Not surprising though, since iDrive 8 was initially meant for EVs and not for models with an internal combustion engine (ICE). Also unsurprisingly, the interior of the 4 Series Gran Coupe is very much similar to the 4 Series coupe and convertible, and also the 3 Series.
The second-generation BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe has also grown incrementally over its predecessor, and this should result in an improved interior room for all occupants. Despite this, BMW says that its handling is improved compared to the previous model. This is thanks to its wider tracks, lowered center of gravity, a near 50:50 perfect weight distribution, and a number of structural rigidity improvements.
Five engine choices are available for the 4 Series Gran Coupe, all of which are mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.. The gasoline engine range kicks off with the 420i, and this will be the most likely engine choice for the Philippine market. This 2.0-liter turbo engine produces 184 hp and 300 Nm of torque, while 0-100 kph happens in 7.9 seconds. There is also a 430i that uses the same engine as the 420i but is uprated to produce 245 hp and 400 Nm of torque. With this engine, 0-100 kph happens in 6.2 seconds.
The range-topping engine is the M440i xDrive, which uses a 3.0-liter turbo inline-6 and a 48-volt mild hybrid system. The total system output for this engine is 382 hp and 500 Nm of torque, and as the xDrive name denotes, this engine comes with an AWD system.
There’s also a diesel-fed 48-volt mild-hybrid engine called the 420d, which produces 190 hp and 400 Nm of torque. The mild-hybrid system adds 11 hp to the vehicle’s output. For this engine, 0-100 kph happens in just 7.3 seconds. This diesel engine can also be mated optionally with BMW’s xDrive AWD system.
The BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe is expected to go on sale in global markets near the end of this year, while a Philippine launch could happen by early- or mid-2023.