BMW’s junior four-door coupe is back. The 2022 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe debuts with four engine choices with a touch more practicality over style as compared to its predecessor.
If you have seen the all-electric BMW i4, the second-generation 4 Gran Coupe won’t be much of a surprise. Giant nostril grilles and all.
Aside from sporting more aggressive vents, the 4 Gran Coupe is a carbon copy of the i4 – design-wise. It is only slightly shorter in height and narrower in track width than the all-electric sedan.
How is the 4 Gran Coupe different to the 4 Series Coupe and 3 Series sedan?
Despite spouting a rear set of doors and being the more practical-minded relative to the 4 Series coupe, the Gran Coupe adds 15 mm to its body length (4783 mm) and 5 mm to its wheelbase (2856 mm). The biggest difference is in its height, where the four-door coupe towers 59 mm over the coupe.
In fact, at 1442 mm in height, the 4 Gran Coupe is similar in height to the 3 Series sedan. This, coupled with its coupe-body width and longer body, means that the 4 Gran Coupe is shaping up to be a rather spacious people carrier.
And it is, according to BMW, the 4 Gran Coupe now sports a conventional three-abreast rear seating arrangement, instead of the two inset seats with a stylish “+1” hump in the predecessor.
Not everything on the new 4 Gran Coupe has grown though. Boot space has shrunk with the second-generation model boasting 470 litres and 1290 litres with the seats folded – a decrease of 10 litres over its predecessor.
BMW 4 Gran Coupe engine options
From launch, the 4 Gran Coupe will come with a choice of four engines, starting with the 184 PS / 300 Nm 2-litre four-cylinder turbo in the 420i variant that gets from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.9 seconds.
The 430i, on the other hand, debuts a new 245 PS / 400 Nm spec of the 2-litre four-cylinder turbo engine, with less power than the 258 PS boast of the 430i coupe due to emissions requirements. Nevertheless, that is enough to give it a 0 – 100 km/h boast of 6.2 seconds.
Sitting atop the range is the M440i xDrive with the 374 PS / 500 Nm 3-litre in-line six turbo engine at its disposal. Being the performance flagship, the M440i dispenses its 0 – 100 km/h sprint in 4.7 seconds.
Diesel fans can still order the Gran Coupe in the solitary spec 190 PS / 400 Nm 2-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel with a standard rear-wheel-drive or xDrive all-wheel-drive configuration.
Only the range-topping M440i and diesel variants will come equipped with the 48V starter-generator mild-hybrid system that delivers a small 11 PS boost on take-off.
All drivetrain variants of the 4 Gran Coupe will come with an eight-speed automatic as standard. The only transmission option is an eight-speed “Sport” automatic, that comes as standard on the M440i.
Other optional extras for 4 Gran Coupe, that are standard on the M440i, are the M Sport suspension with variable sport steering, M Sport brakes, M light-alloy wheels, and an M Sport differential with electronically-controlled fully variable locking rear differential.
2022 BMW 4 Gran Coupe features and availability
As for interior and safety features, the 4 Gran Coupe will come fitted with similar features that you already find on the coupe. Many of these features will be subject to local specifications.
With the international market launch of the 4 Series Gran Coupe is slated for November this year, don’t expect it to hit Malaysian shores before 2022.