In addition to the regular version of BMW’s sports sedan, our spies have also nabbed the performance-orientated M440i xDrive Gran Coupe.
Beyond the trapezoidal exhaust tips on either side of the rear diffuser, the M440i xDrive also gets a discreet boot lid spoiler, M Sport bumpers on both ends, larger wheels (which will be the same on all four corners, unlike this tester), bigger brakes and side skirts. It will also sit closer to the ground with power coming from the same turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six unit producing 369 HP (374 PS) paired to an 8sp automatic as the M440i Coupe. [Updated 11/8/2020]
Set to be introduced next year, the 2022 4-Series Gran Coupe will follow in the footsteps of the standard coupe and convertible. As a result, it features a familiar front fascia with a massive grille that is flanked by slender headlights.
While the front end carries over from its stablemates, the Gran Coupe has a more practical five-door body. However, since sportiness is the name of the game, designers gave the model a rakish windscreen, an upward sweeping beltline and a sloping roof. The car also features a compact greenhouse and flush-mounted door handles like those found on the upcoming i4.
Moving around back, the model closely echoes the 4-Series Coupe as there are slender taillights, a ventilated rear bumper and a dual exhaust system. Of course, the biggest change is the liftgate which make loading luggage a breeze.
Spy photographers didn’t get close enough to snap interior photos, but the cabin should largely carryover from the coupe and convertible. This means we can expect a standard 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system and analog gauges on either side of a 5.1-inch display. Customers should also be able to opt for a Live Cockpit Professional system which adds a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a larger 10.25-inch infotainment system.
Under the hood, we can expect an assortment of familiar options including an entry-level a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder pumping out 255 hp (190 kW / 258 PS) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque. This enables the 4-Series Coupe to hit 60 mph (96 km/h) in 5.5 seconds with rear-wheel drive, but expect the Gran Coupe to be slightly slower.
Buyers seeking more performance should be able to opt for an M440i variant with a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six developing 382 hp (285 kW / 387 PS) and 364 lb-ft (494 Nm) of torque. Thanks to standard all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission, the model shouldn’t be too far off the coupe’s 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) time of 4.3 seconds.
Later on, there could be an M4 Gran Coupe and possibly even a plug-in hybrid variant.