2021 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe revealed: price, specs and release date

Four-door 4 Series promises enhanced handling and more economical mild-hybrid petrol and diesel engines...

BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

On sale: November 2021 | Price from: £35,000 (est) 

It’s often the case that the eldest child is sensible and conservative while the youngest is more rebellious in looks and behaviour. Just compare Prince William and his brother Harry. 

That’s how it is with the latest BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe. The 4 Series Coupe and Convertible came along after the 3 Series, endowed with more dramatic styling, more agile handling and head-turningly huge front grilles.

Now they’re being joined by the more practical but equally striking 4 Series Gran Coupe, a four-door coupé with a usefully wide-opening tailgate. Like other 4 Series models, the Gran Coupe is closely related to the BMW i4, BMW’s pure electric executive model, which also goes on sale in November. 

BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

2021 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe engines

Three petrol and three diesel engines are available, all of which have mild-hybrid technology and an eight-speed Steptronic automatic gearbox as standard.

The two more sensible petrol options are the 420i and 430i. They both use a four-cylinder 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, offering 181bhp and 241bhp respectively. Then there’s the range-topping M440i xDrive, which has a 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbocharged petrol unit that produces 369bhp and promises to propel the car from zero to 62mph in just 4.7sec.

Diesel choices start with the four-cylinder 420d and rise to the six-cylinder 430d and M440d. The 420d can be had with rear-wheel drive or xDrive all-wheel drive, but the larger diesel engines are only offered with all-wheel drive. The 420d promises official fuel economy of up to 58.9mpg in two-wheel drive form and up to 55.4mpg in all-wheel drive format depending on the trim level chosen. 

Like other 4 Series models, the Gran Coupe has retuned suspension, a stiffened chassis and mode-specific variable sport steering that combine to make it more agile and capable than the 3 Series. For the first time, BMW is developing an M4 Gran Coupé, which is due to arrive in 2022 and will sit alongside the M4 Coupe.

BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

2021 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe interior

As well as two extra doors, the big difference between the 4 Series Coupe and Gran Coupe is that there’s more room for passengers – five, to be exact, and the rear bench has attachments for securing three child car seats. Up front, there are two USB ports, two cupholders and the ability to charge your mobile phone wirelessly. Sports seats are standard for those in the front, and they can be specified with heating and ventilation. 

Most of the controls and switchgear are reminiscent of those in a 3 Series. That’s no bad thing because it means the 4 Series will have one of the best driving positions available, plus the best infotainment system with the familiar BMW rotary dial controller.  

BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

Standard equipment on all UK models includes 18in alloy wheels and M Sport suspension and spoiler, along with M Sport styling details in and out, plus leather upholstery and BMW’s online assistance package.

If you upgrade to M Sport Pro Edition, you’ll get 19in black alloys, adaptive suspension, M Sport brakes and differential, and piano-black interior trim. 

There are also a number of option packs that enable buyers to add a wide range of features, including steering wheel heating, electric memory function and lumbar support for the front seats, a head-up display and gesture control for the infotainment system.

BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

2021 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe price

There has been no confirmation on prices for the 4 Series Gran Coupe yet, but we expect it to cost around the same as the 4 Series Coupe, starting at just over £40,000. That’s around £8000 more than the cheapest BMW 3 Series, but it’s similar to rivals, such as the Audi A5 Sportback

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