So far, the 2018 model year seems extremely good. Many of the most relevant automobile companies, including BMW, will introduce upgraded versions of their most relevant models. The BMW 4 Series has not always been a prominent model in the BMW lineup, although it was previously known as the BMW 3 Series before to 2013.
The Gran Coupe debuted in 2014 to fill a void left by BMW’s lack of compact four-door coupes, and now 2018 provides a rather required mid-cycle refresh. Not only is this required since the previous model was released three years ago, which is a long time in the automotive industry, but also because its primary competition, the Audi A5 Sportback, received a makeover for 2017. So, the 2018 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe has some big hands to fill with this refreshment.
The 2018 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe is, of course, substantially based on the standard two-door 4 Series. That implies that the majority of the redesign cues that the two-door received will also be seen on the four-door.
To begin with, the headlights have new LED bulbs in addition to being the same size and shape as before. The LED lights are two strips that resemble sideways question marks. Although the modifications are minor, the LED-strips give the 4 Series‘ face a fresh appearance. Full LED foglights and a larger air inlet directly over the bumper are also new.
The LED pattern in the taillights changed in the same way as it did in the headlights. This is the only significant modification to the car’s rear end. In addition, the 2018 4 Series Gran Coupe now comes in two new colors: Snapper Rocks Blue and Sunset Orange. A new wheel design is also available for select trims.
Like the appearance, the interior has only a few modifications. The car’s details are now electroplated, and new chrome trims are available. Instead of a single stitched line, the dashboard now features double stitching.
The center console is then given a more upscale appearance with a high-gloss finish. Finally, buyers of the 4 Series Gran Coupe have an expanded palette of three new upholstery colors and three additional trim strips to choose from.
The 2018 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe comes standard with a nine-speaker sound system featuring a USB connector and an AM/FM stereo. An electrochromic rearview mirror that dims automatically when the headlights of the car behind you shine into it is also standard, as is a leather steering wheel.
There is a broad range of engine options available in Europe, albeit not as many as the standard 4 Series coupe. The US will have to make due with two gasoline engines.
The 430i Gran Coupe will be the first engine available in both the United States and Europe. This engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 252 horsepower and a 0-60 mph time of about six seconds (100 kph). The top speed is 155 mph (250 kph), and it is available with rear wheel drive or xDrive (BMW’s intelligent four wheel drive system). Finally, the engine may be paired with either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission. The engine is the same as that found in the top-of-the-line BMW 5 Series.
The 440i Gran Coupe, with a 3.0 liter six-cylinder engine and 326 horsepower, is the second engine available on both continents. This engine, which is powered by xDrive and an eight-speed automatic transmission, accelerates to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds.
Only one gasoline engine and four diesel engines are available in Europe. The 420i gasoline engine is a 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine that produces 181 horsepower.
The diesel lineup then begins with the 418d, which is exclusively offered on the 4 Series Gran Coupe. It is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel engine that produces 147 horsepower. The 420d has the same engine as the 420i, but it is tuned differently and produces 187 horsepower. There are also the 430d and 435d xDrive, both of which use a six-cylinder diesel engine and produce 254 and 309 horsepower, respectively.
The software used to operate the Navigation and infotainment systems has been upgraded to make it more user-friendly. The large control pads on the touch screen may be customized based on personal preferences. In addition, the 2018 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe includes the option of Multifunctional Instrument Display, which gives the driver a choice of multiple display layouts based on which driving style is selected. Driving modes are a collection of five distinct settings, each of which has been fine-tuned for the most comfortable driving experience. The latter is a feature that was ultimately inspired by the Audi A4.
Price, release and sale date
The hatchback is already available for purchase throughout the United States and Europe.
Pricing starts at $43,300 for the 2018 BMW 430i Gran Coupe and $51,700 for the 2018 BMW 440i xDrive Gran Coupe. Remember that BMW provides a wide selection of personalization choices, some of which come at a premium.