BMW is a luxury auto manufacturer based in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, and was founded in 1916. BMW’s diverse lineup of luxury and performance passenger cars are sold all over the world. The 4 Series is a new model in BMW’s broad vehicle lineup that came out of a decision to split up the long-running BMW 3 Series. When the 4 Series line was introduced, the coupes and convertibles that used to be part of the 3 Series were renamed and formed the 4 Series. The BMW 428 Gran Coupe is an all new vehicle for the 2015 model year. The first details of the lineup were revealed on December 5, 2012, and the vehicle made its official debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January of 2013. At the vehicle’s launch, the BMW 4 Series was available in 420d, 435i, and 435i xDrive configurations, as well as in 428i and 428i xDrive.
The new 4 Series Gran Coupe lineup shares its engineering, mechanicals and design with the 3 Series. Though the 4 Series starts at a somewhat higher price than the 3 Series, the more unusual styling is the only true benefit, and the five-door 428 Gran Coupe comfortably seats just four occupants to the 3 Series sedan’s five. However, BMW says that a third person can fit in the back seat on occasion. To the casual observer, the differences between the 4 Series Coupe and 4 Series Gran Coupe might not be immediately apparent, but its slightly larger size provides more functionality.
A turbocharged 2-liter four-cylinder powers the 428i Gran Coupe, providing 240 horsepower. The transmission is an eight-speed automatic unit with paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel. The 428i Gran Coupe is rear-wheel-drive, but the 428i xDrive is available for buyers who want BMW’s all-wheel-drive system. The BMW 428i Gran Coupe is expected to deliver fuel economy numbers of about 23 miles per gallon city, 34 highway, and 27 combined.
Driver selectable Eco Pro, Comfort, Sport, and Sport+ driving modes enhance the experience. Other features include a 6.5-inch or 8-inch touchpad display for the BMW iDrive infotainment system, adaptive LED headlights, an automatic tailgate, variable steering, navigation, rear and peripheral camera systems, speed limit information, park assist, speech recognition, a Harmon Kardon surround sound audio system, the BMW Apps system, SiriusXM satellite radio, an automatic engine stop-start function, regenerative braking for energy conservation, dynamic stability control, ventilated disc brakes, anti-lock braking, an anti-brake fade system, eight-way power front seats, driver memory functions for the seat and mirrors, Bluetooth wireless integration, and USB audio input.
The BMW 428 Gran Coupe, like the rest of the 4 Series, can be further customized in one of four different Model Lines. The Model Lines are Base Line, Luxury Line, Sport Line, and M Sport Line. The Base Line is a minimally equipped car, with options available a la carte. The Luxury Line adds upscale interior trim and an exclusive alloy wheel design. The Sport Line gives the 428 Gran Coupe a motorsports-inspired aesthetics package and sport front bucket seats. The M Sport Line is a step up, borrowing styling cues such as larger alloy wheels, a body kit, Estoril Blue interior trim, and an Estoril Blue exterior finish option from BMW’s M performance line.