BMW has unveiled the 2013 4 Series Coupe Concept, the replacement for its old 3 Series Coupe. The company has decided to completely re-brand the 3-series Coupe, resulting in that car being replaced in 2013 by the new 4-series Coupe and Convertible. Renamed with the mark 4, the car is set to be unveiled at this year Detroit Motor Show, anticipating the street version of the car no later than march 2013 in Geneva Motor Show.
2014 BMW 4-Series Coupe – Front 3/4
While technical details remain scant, BMW has confirmed it will continue with its tradition of giving odd number names to sedans and even ones to two-door models. The company has decided to split the coupe and convertible from the 3 Series range and rechristen them under the new 4 Series rubric. In concept form, the new 4 Series still looks pretty much like its four-door 3 Series sibling, with a few flashy details as satin-finish aluminum bumpers and trim, plus twin circular LED headlamps.
The new coupe stays loyal to familiar BMW motifs like the long bonnet, setback cabin, minimal overhangs and long wheelbase. The front end is obviously similar to the F30 3-Series’ novel interpretation of the company’s iconic twin-kidney grille adds an optic fiber line off the hexagonal full-LED headlamps, to form a visual link between the inner, high-beam headlamp and the kidney. It will be a striking vision with just the parking lights on, a crafty update on the BMW halo lamps that so many others have mimicked. There’s a large intake at the lower fascia, which its maker insists hints at the “extra air required by the powerful engines,” which will certainly include the turbo fours, a new inline six for the, gulp, M4 and very likely a diesel four even for the North American market.
2014 BMW 4-Series Coupe – Head On
In its profile, the 4-Series retains the 3-Series “double swage line” (in BMW-talk), while the so-called “Air Breather”, an aerodynamic aperture behind the front wheels, reduces drag around the wheels, which in typical concept car fashion are huge 20-inch multi-spoke alloys. Two flanking vents on either side of the front fascia’s lower maw differ in thickness and are specifically for brake venting or oil cooling, and for the Air Curtain, which is the EfficientDynamics engineering feat that channels air around the outside of the front wheels, for better airflow and reduced fuel consumption
2014 BMW 4-Series Coupe – Rear 3/4
At the rear, the L-shaped taillights (another time-honored BMW tradition) resemble that of the 6-Series Gran Coupe and are set to the outer edges of the bodywork, while the rear arches are the widest point of the whole car, further emphasizing its wide and aggressive stance.
The design of the rear bumper is quite striking, mimicking the three-way split of the front bumper and incorporating the exhaust pipes in each of its outer edges – though it remains to be seen whether this will make it into the production car.
2014 BMW 4-Series Coupe – All Rear all the time 😉
The interior is also production-ready, with the driver-centric dashboard being borrowed straight from the 3-Series Sedan and Touring models. Of course, the doors are longer than the saloon’s and their trim panels converge, according to BMW, via the B-pillar into the rear connecting the two passenger compartments.
2014 BMW 4-Series Coupe – Interior
One of the largest advantages of sharing a cars platform is that you can save a ton of R&D money because the car is entirely based on the latest generation 3 Series. This then means that you should expect a base 428i to have the 3281’s 2-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine making something in the neighborhood of 240 hp. Power will also flow through an eight-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual. The faster 435i will likely have BMW’s 3-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine making around 300 hp.
This car also will serve as the basis for the next-generation M3 coupe, which might be called the M4. The production version of the basic coupe reaches dealers in the fall of 2013.