BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé Completes The Line-up

  Colin Windell


 2 Dec, 2021

The new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé completes the derivative spread of the 4 Series and comes in longer and wider than before along with a refreshed look incorporating the larger vertical ‘kidney’ grille style.

In some respects, BMW aficionados may detect some resemblances to the ‘Bangle-angle’ design cues introduced in 2001 by the then chief designer for the company, Chris Bangle.

While not radical, the revised design and increased size does make for more adult room in the rear seats, with a smidgen more golf bag space in the boot – the actual revised dimensions measuring 4 783 millimetres in exterior length, 1 852 millimetres in width and 1 442 millimetres in height. 


It is 143 millimetres longer, 27 millimetres wider and 53 millimetres taller than its predecessor, while the track widths have also grown – to 1 595 millimetres at the front (+50 mm) and 1 623 millimetres at the rear (+29 mm). The wheelbase of 2 856 millimetres is 46 millimetres longer than the predecessor’s and 5 millimetres more than the 3 Series Sedan.

The model-specific body concept also results in a versatile interior offering generous amounts of space in the rear. The new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé offers 470 litres of boot space, having grown by 39 litres. Load capacity can be expanded to a maximum of 1 290 litres by folding down the sections of the rear backrest, with its standard 40:20:40 split.

At the top of the range is the BMW M440i xDrive Gran Coupé that is powered by a 285 kW six-cylinder in-line petrol engine. The four-cylinder petrol engine in the 420i produces maximum output of 135 kW and a 140 kW four-cylinder diesel engine can be found under the bonnet of the BMW 420d.

Paddle Shifting

All the engines team up with an eight-speed Sports Steptronic transmission with gearshift paddles as standard. 

Model-specific geometry, mounting and tuning for the chassis technology in the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé derives from a two-joint spring strut front axle and five-link rear axle with standard-fit lift-related dampers to enhance both sports performance and ride comfort. 

Depending on the spring travel, these provide extra damping to control body movement when driving over large bumps, as well as preventing excessive dive. The system reacts to minor imperfections in the road surface with low damping forces that produce high levels of comfort.

18-inch light-alloy wheels come standard, while the new BMW M440i xDrive Gran Coupé includes 19-inch M light-alloy wheels and an M Sport differential with electronically controlled, fully variable locking function in the rear differential. 


At the front, the full-LED headlights come with U-shaped fibre-optic light guides for the daytime driving lights. There is also the option of Adaptive LED Headlights with BMW Laserlight including BMW Selective Beam non-dazzling high beam assistant.

Horizontal lines are the dominant influence at the rear end, accentuated by a rear apron with vertical aero lips at its outer edges and a Black finish for its lower edge. The darkened full-LED rear lights extend well into the flanks.

Inside, the Start/Stop button for the engine is positioned in a control panel in the centre console, which also houses the BMW Controller and the buttons for the Driving Experience Control unit and electromechanical parking brake alongside the model-specific gearshift lever. The rear seat bench with folding head restraints allows three child seats to be fitted.

Sport seats and a Sport leather steering wheel come as standard. 


The driver and passengers in the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé benefit from the extended possibilities provided by BMW Operating System 7 as standard. Customers can take their pick of control interface for the situation at hand: control display touchscreen, familiar BMW Controller, multifunction buttons on the steering wheel, voice control or optional BMW gesture control. 

There is also access to a range of highly advanced digital services, including the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant and Remote Software Upgrades.

The standard BMW Live Cockpit Professional features a fully digital screen grouping including a high-resolution instrument cluster with a screen diagonal of 12,3 inches behind the steering wheel and a 10,25-inch control display.

The cloud-based BMW Maps navigation system offers extremely fast and precise route calculation and arrival times, real-time traffic data updates at short intervals and the ability to enter any word when searching for a destination.

With smartphone integration fitted as standard, customers can use Apple CarPlay and Android Auto via the car’s operating system. And the Remote Software Upgrades function allows improved vehicle functions and additional digital services to be imported into the car over the air.

BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé Pricing:

BMW 420i Gran Coupé
BMW 420d Gran Coupé
BMW 440i Coupé xDrive

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