The BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe continues the near-relentless family expansion of the company’s signature model.
This latest 3 Series spin-off creates the sixth option for buyers looking for a mid-sized BMW passenger car, and the fourth with four doors.
The BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe joins the 3 Series sedan, wagon and Gran Turismo models, though is the only four-door to carry the company’s new numeral designation reserved for its sportier variants.
And from a design perspective, the Gran Coupe shares the bodywork detailing – and longer, wider dimensions – of its 4 Series siblings and is identical from the double-kidney grille to the windscreen pillars.
The back half features a roofline arc that is 12 millimetres higher than the Coupe’s and extends more than 110mm further towards the rear of the car. At the back the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe differentiates itself from its bigger sibling, the 6 Series Gran Coupe, by offering a liftback-style hatch rather than a conventional bootlid.
It makes the ’4GC’ immediately more practical than a 3 Series sedan even if it shares the same 480-litre boot space (as does the rival Audi A5 Sportback, which also takes the liftback route). The seatbacks also split fold 40-20-40 to expand cargo space to 1300 litres.
For comparison, the 4 Series Coupe’s boot is 35 litres down, though a 3 Series Touring (wagon, 495L) 3 Series Gran Turismo (520L) both offer extra luggage capacity.
Published: Monday, June 2, 2014