BMW 4 Series Coupe Concept First Look
December 5, 2012
by Zach Gale
The BMW Concept 4 Series is one sexy, production-intent concept, and it better be, as its stunning design will be a major reason why consumers eschew the 3 Series sedan for the upcoming 3 Ser...err, 4 Series coupe. Making its debut at the 2013 Detroit auto show, the BMW Concept 4 Series is a close preview of what we can expect with the latest BMW 3 Series-based coupe. And aside from one nagging real-world reservation about the upcoming production-spec 4 Series, we like what we see.
The coming 4 Series coupe, convertible, and rumored Gran Coupe will enter the mid-2010s with a higher numerical designation to signify that they're that much more special than mechanically related 3 Series sedans. Whether BMW can pull off its name game remains to be seen, but the product planning crew in Munich no doubt looked to the success Audi has had with the A4-based A5 when devising its 4 Series plan.
At least in concept form, the BMW 4 Series (currently lacking details like real-world door handles and more realistically sized wheels) looks to be a bit more than just a 3 Series sedan with two doors sliced off. Wider, lower, and longer than the outgoing car, the Concept 4 Series sports a roofline that gently sweeps down into the short rear deck. And before you roll your eyes at yet another automaker resorting to fake side vents to spice up a design, BMW says these are aerodynamically functional.
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