sedan, wagon, oddly shaped hatchback, long-wheelbase sedan, coupe, and cabriolet. Adding a second sedan in the form of the 4-series GC would’ve only made matters worse had the brand not gone forward with the split.
The 4-series Gran Coupe caters to a small niche in the marketplace. It
features all the details and styling elements of the two-door 4-series,
but it comes with a second set of doors and a sleek greenhouse featuring
a long, sloping roofline that extends to a short, stubby rear deck.
That roofline and the frameless windows make the 4-series GC an
exceptionally good-looking sedan, perhaps the most beautiful vehicle of
all the 3- and 4-series models. There is a full liftgate and a variable
trunk, which can be extended from 17 cubic feet to a full 45.9 cubic
feet by lowering the rear seats that split in a 40/20/40 configuration.
It’s a more practical vehicle than the 3-series sedan, but it’s not as
roomy as the 3-series Sports Wagon or the 3-series Gran Turismo. The
chassis is largely unchanged from the rest of the 4-series lineup, and
the car uses the same electric power steering setup that has failed to
wow us in other 3- and 4-series applications.
The 428i Gran Coupe is powered by BMW's N20 2.0-liter turbo four that
produces 240 horsepower, which BMW says can propel the car to 60 mph in
5.7 seconds and should yield EPA estimates of 23 mpg in the city and 35
on the highway. Above that is the 435i Gran Coupe, housing its N55
turbocharged straight-six that’s rated at 300 horsepower and is good for
a 0–60 time of 4.9 seconds and anticipated EPA ratings of 22/32. A
ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic is the only transmission available.
Rear-wheel drive is standard, and xDrive all-wheel drive is a $2000
extra; four-cylinder models will be available with four driven wheels
from launch, while six-cylinders won’t get the option until later.
Thanks to: Car and Driver