By MJ Majuru
BMW South Africa has launched its 4 Series with refreshed versions of the Coupe, Gran Coupe and Convertible models. There’s also a new M4 to top the line-up.
BMW claims nearly 400 000 units have been sold worldwide since the launch of the 4 Series Coupe in 2013. The line-up expanded to the Convertible and Gran Coupe the following year. Local numbers equate to just over 5 500 in South Africa up to the end of 2016.
The German automaker claims the updated models write the next chapter in this success story with even sharper styling and revised suspension.
A variety of models
BMW says all the petrol engines, including the the four-cylinder diesel unit, stem from the latest BMW Efficient Dynamics family of engines. All units are equipped with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology.
There are three petrol engines: BMW 420i, 430i and 440i, and one diesel option 420d available for all models – except for the Convertible, which is only offered in the petrol engine derivatives.
Power figures ranges from 135kW in the 420i up to 240kW in the 440i (fuel consumption combined: 7.5 – 5.5 litres/100km; CO2 emissions combined: 154 – 127g/km).
The diesel model delivers 140kW with a claimed fuel consumption of 4.0 – 4.2 litres/100km and combined CO2 emissions of 111 – 106g/km.
Restyled LED headlights take the place of the outgoing cars’ xenon units; all models equipped with LED front foglights as standard. The debut LED rear lights provide extra drama to the car’s powerful looks. There are also modified air intakes, line-specific applications and the new rear apron add further striking touches.
BMW says there are electroplated detailing, chrome applications and the centre console is finished in high-gloss black. There’s also double stitching on the instrument panel, three new upholstery colour options with three new interior trim strips. Two new body colours have also been added to the range: Snapper Rocks Blue and Sunset Orange.
The wheels get one new model-specific design each for the Sport Line, Luxury Line and M Sport equipment lines.
The automaker says: “The new BMW 4 Series Coupe and BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe now come with a stiffer suspension set-up delivering even sportier handling without any loss of ride comfort.
“Both the lateral and longitudinal dynamics have been improved, regardless of the load on board. This applies not only to the standard suspension, but also to the M Sport suspension and the Adaptive suspension.”
Sharper styling for BMW M4, too
The M4 Coupe and M4 Convertible is now available with adaptive full-LED headlights. A number of styling touches have been added to give the cabin an even more sophisticated air. And the two M4 models likewise feature the updated version of the Navigation system Professional and other ConnectedDrive features.