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2015 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe Preview

By Jeff Youngs, February 06, 2014
Fast Facts:
  • 4 doors and a hatchback
  • Offered as the 428i, 428i xDrive, and 435i
  • Standard 8-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard, Luxury, Sport, and M Sport trim levels
  • Holds up to 49.5 cu. ft. of cargo*
  • Base price of $41,225**
  • On sale in early summer 2014

*Based on European Union measurement standards
**Includes $925 destination charge

Introduction
In advance of its debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, BMW has released detailed information about the new 2015 4 Series Gran Coupe. The 4 Series Gran Coupe is based on the BMW 4 Series, which itself is derived from the BMW 3 Series. In Gran Coupe format, the car provides 4+1 seating in a fastback design that is equipped with a rear tailgate. When it goes on sale in the summer of 2014, the 2015 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe will be available in 428i, 428i xDrive, and 435i model series. Additional variants could be announced or added in the future.

Exterior Features
BMW says the 2014 4 Series Gran Coupe shares its length, width, wheelbase, and track with the 4 Series Coupe, but features a longer and taller roofline for greater rear-seat room. Occupants enter through frameless doors, and a standard power tailgate grants access to the cargo area. Boasting a 0.27 coefficient of drag, the 4 Series Gran Coupe features an Air Curtains system designed to smooth air flow around the front of the car, and the vents aft of the wheel wells are functional "air breathers" that divert air from the wheel wells for improved aerodynamics, BMW says.

Interior Features
Employing what BMW describes as a "layering" design principle to separate the driver's operation zone from the passenger zones, the 2015 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe model's interior is equipped with black panel instrumentation, a free-standing iDrive monitor, and iDrive controls equipped with handwriting-recognition technology.

BMW says the 4 Series Gran Coupe offers 4+1 seating, but this car is best suited to 4 passengers. A 40/20/40 split rear seat folds to convert the 17 cu.-ft.* trunk into 49.5 cu. ft.* of cargo space, and stainless steel loading strips help to protect the trunk against damage.

*Based on European Union measurement standards

Optional Features
People who buy a 2015 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe can stick with the standard level of specification or can upgrade the car to Sport, Luxury, or M Sport design lines.

Sport Line trim includes high-gloss black and matte black exterior trim, 18- or 19-inch double-spoke aluminum wheels, and red interior accents. Luxury Line models have chrome exterior trim, 18- or 19-inch multi-spoke aluminum wheels, chrome interior accents, and premium leather in exclusive colors.

The M Sport Line is for buyers who prefer a better handling BMW, adding M Sport suspension tuning with larger anti-roll bars, and sport-bolstered seats wrapped in Sensatec material or premium leather. Aerodynamic styling modifications and M Sport 18- or 19-inch wheel designs set the M Sport model apart, along with M-logo door sill trim and an M logo steering wheel. This version of the 4 Series Gran Coupe is offered in six colors, including exclusive Carbon Black and Estoril Blue hues.

Additional options include full LED headlights with High Beam Assistant, a variable sports steering system, adaptive suspension, and an M Sport braking system. A navigation system with 3-D map displays and real-time traffic information is also optional, along with a head-up display and several safety systems discussed below. When equipped with the Premium package, the power tailgate includes gesture-control technology, opening when the holder of the Comfort Access fob waves a foot under the car's rear bumper.

Under the Hood
The 2015 BMW 428i Gran Coupe is equipped with a turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine making 240 horsepower between 5,000 rpm and 6,500 rpm, and 255 lb.-ft. of torque between 1,300 rpm and 5,000 rpm. According to BMW, it accelerates to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds, and is estimated to return 27 mpg in combined driving.

The 2015 BMW 435i Gran Coupe has a turbocharged, 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine making 300 horsepower between 5,800 rpm and 6,000 rpm and 300 lb.-ft. of torque between 1,300 rpm and 5,000 rpm. By BMW's stopwatch, this model zooms to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds, and the automaker says it will get 25 mpg in combined driving.

In the United States, an 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters is standard. The car's Driving Dynamics Control system offers Eco Pro, Comfort, Sport, and Sport+ settings that adjust throttle response, transmission response, steering feel, and the optional adaptive suspension's damping characteristics. Both engines include automatic start/stop technology, the Eco Pro mode includes a highway coasting mode to maximize fuel economy, and the 4 Series Gran Coupe uses Brake Energy Regeneration to capture kinetic energy that would otherwise be lost in order to power the car's electrical components.

All versions of the 4 Series Gran Coupe are rear-wheel drive. Initially, BMW will offer its xDrive all-wheel-drive system for the 428i. Later in the model year, it will be available for the 435i.

Safety
In addition to a reversing camera and Park Distance Control parking sensors, the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe is available with a Surround View camera with Side View technology that helps the driver to see around blind corners. Additional safety-related upgrades include an Active Driving Assistant system with Active Lane Departure Warning, an Active Blind Spot Detection system, and an Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go system.

Technology
In addition to available ConnectedDrive Services with BMW Apps for Stitcher, Audible, Amazon Cloud Player, Twitter, and Facebook, the new 2015 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe can be equipped with a navigation system equipped with full speech-recognition that can be used to compose text messages. An optional BMW Parking Assistant system can steer the 4 Series Gran Coupe into a parallel parking space while the driver operates the brake, accelerator, and transmission.

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Critical Knowledge:The first "Sports Activity Coupe"Based on the 5 Series platformFour-passenger seatingOffering gasoline and hybrid powerplantsActiveHybrid model is 20 percent more fuel efficientFirst to offer Dynamic Performance ControlUnique two-mode hybrid transmissionIntroductionBMW introduced their first Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV)-designated the X5-in 1999. Based on the 5 Series platform, and sharing many of the mechanicals and electronics, the X5 was offered with standard all-wheel drive and a choice of 6- or 8-cylinder power. Unlike other sport utility vehicles of the time, the 5-passenger BMW X5 was designed to favor sporting road use with limited off-road intentions. The X5 was a success, encouraging Porsche, Audi, and Volkswagen to follow with their own luxury sporty utility vehicles.
     
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Critical Knowledge:World's first "Sports Activity Coupe"Based on the X5 platformFour-passenger seatingOffering choice of two twin-turbo powerplantsFirst BMW to offer Dynamic Performance ControlArriving second quarter of 2008IntroductionBMW created a new segment in 1999 with the introduction of their X5 "Sports Activity Vehicle" (SAV). Based on the 5 Series platform, and sharing many of its mechanicals and electronics, the X5 was offered with standard all-wheel drive (AWD) and a choice of 6- or 8-cylinder power. Unlike most other ponderous SUVs of the time, the 5-passenger BMW X5 was set up to favor sporting road use with limited off-road intentions. The X5 was a success, encouraging Porsche, Audi, and Volkswagen to follow with their own luxury SUVs. BMW followed the X5 with the X3, slightly smaller and less luxurious, but with the same road-favoring attributes of its big brother.
     
  2009 BMW X5 xDrive35d and BMW 335d Preview
Critical Knowledge:50-state BIN5 compliantBluePerformance for reduced emissions3.0-liter, twin-turbo, inline 6-cylinder engineRated at 265 hp and 424 lb.-ft. of torqueHigher performance than standard gasoline-powered modelsBoth models available in late 2008IntroductionBMW introduced its first diesel engine vehicle in 1983. Mounted under the hood of a 5 Series sedan, the 2.4-liter, turbocharged diesel engine in the 524td would accelerate the vehicle to 60 mph in about 14 seconds. BMW touted it as the fastest diesel in the world, with a top speed of 112 mph. It was sold for a short time in the United States before it was pulled from the domestic marketplace.
     
  2009 BMW Z4 Roadster Preview
Critical Knowledge:Retractable hardtop convertibleReplaces both the previous-generation Z4 Roadster and Z4 Coupe Enhanced interior roomIncludes iDrive as standard equipmentRear-wheel drive with a 50/50 weight distributionChoice of two 6-cylinder powerplantsOptional 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmissionIntroductionThe first popular modern incarnation of BMW's roadster appeared as the Z3 in 1996 (the Z8 was a hand-built, limited-production vehicle which had appeared a few years earlier). While open motoring was a new experience to mainstream BMW buyers, the 2-seat droptop was offered with a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine that did little to stir the soul. Several larger engines appeared in subsequent years (including an M Roadster in 1998), and a fixed-roof Coupe joined the lineup in 1999. Both Z3 models were replaced by the all-new Z4 Roadster/Coupe models in 2003 and 2006, respectively. Larger, stronger and more refined than their predecessors, BMW's Z4 models were offered with a choice of 6-cylinder powerplants and manual, automatic or Sequential Manual Gearbox (SMG) transmissions.
     
  2009 BMW 3 Series Preview
Critical Knowledge:Refreshed model for 2009New front fascia, headlamps and tail lampsImproved interior ergonomicsNext-generation iDriveNewly available diesel powerplantUpgraded all-wheel xDrive systemIn showrooms Fall 2008IntroductionThe 3 Seriesis BMW's best-selling model. Tracing its roots back to 1975, the entry-level luxury vehicle is offered in sedan, coup_, convertible and sport wagon body styles with a variety of engine and driveline choices. With each subsequent generation, the 3 Series grows in size and refinement while adding innovative technology to keep it ahead of the competition from its primary rivals Audi and Mercedes-Benz. The current fifth-generation model first appeared in North America as a 2006 model. Now, BMW has rejuvenated the 3 Series with a new front and rear fascia, improved interior appointments, upgraded electronics, and an efficient diesel powerplant. The 2009 BMW 3 Series will arrive in showrooms in the fall of 2008.
     
  2008 BMW M3 Preview
Critical Knowledge:Fourth-generation BMW M3First M3 with a V8 powerplantCarbon-fiber roof to lower the center of gravityAvailable 6-speed manual transmissionM Drive allows driver customization of vehicle dynamicsAggressive styling differentiates it from the standard 3 SeriesBMW claims 0 to 62 in about 4.8 secondsNorth American sales start in 2008IntroductionThe first-generation BMW M3, introduced twenty years ago, was powered by a 2.3L inline 4-cylinder engine rated at 195 hp. Flared wheel arches and large spoilers (radical at the time for a street driven vehicle) differentiated the M3 from the standard versions of the BMW 3 Series. BMW specifically designed the M3 to homologate the car for Group A Touring Car racing so the coupe was light, nimble, and built to race. Popular with the public (nearly 18,000 units were sold), it was also a winner-many consider it the world's most successful racecar. Two decades later, with its first V8 powerplant, the fourth-generation 2008 BMW M3 takes a bow.
     
  2008 BMW M3 Convertible Preview
Critical Knowledge:Fourth-generation BMW M3 ConvertibleFirst M3 Convertible with a V-8 powerplantStandard 6-speed manual transmissionAvailable new M double-clutch gearboxNew M suspension designed for the convertible chassisNorth American sales start in 2008IntroductionThe first BMW M3 Convertible debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1985. Based on the race-bred 4-cylinder engine E30-platform M3 Coupe, but with a convertible soft top, it was a limited Europe-only release.
     
  2008 BMW 1 Series Preview
Critical Knowledge:New entry-level BMW model draws inspiration from classic 2002Coupe and convertible bodystyle at introduction, with rear-wheel drive128i and 135i models available128i gets 230 hp inline 6-cylinder engine135i gets 300 hp twin-turbo inline 6-cylinder engineBMW says the 135i coupe goes 0-60 mph in about 5.
     
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